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Tim Collins has been called a “world-class vibes player” (CJSR-FM), “a distinctive vibraphone voice” (Radio One FM), a “musician of fire” (Washington Post) and “nothing less than exemplary” (Downbeat Magazine). His original music has been described as “thoughtful, probing composition” (Downbeat), “universal and vibrant" (Blogcritics.org), "stunning sophisticated jazz" (PBS Australia). Tim has released two albums as a leader and has travelled the world with his own group and as a sideman. He has performed and recorded with Donny McCaslin, Antonio Sanchez, Sam Barsh, George Porter Jr., John Ellis, Thomas Barber, Aaron Parks, Ingrid Jensen and Charlie Hunter.

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Mulo Francel: Mountain Melody

Read "Mountain Melody" reviewed by Geno Thackara


Mulo Francel turned out to be somewhat ahead of his time. He didn't need to wait for a pandemic to send everyone into isolation; he already had a habit of making music in the middle of nowhere for several years before the 2020 outbreak. His fascination with mountains (natural enough for someone who grew up in the shadow of the Alps) had him making climbs throughout Europe and Asia to find some of the most exotic recording locations imaginable— ultimately ...

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Tim Collins: Castles and Hilltops

Read "Castles and Hilltops" reviewed by William Grim


This is an excellent album by one of the finest vibraphonists on the scene today. Tim Collins combines the harmonic adventurousness of Gary Burton with a swinging style reminiscent of Milt Jackson and Bobby Hutcherson. Castles and Hilltops consists largely of original compositions that run a wide gamut of styles and expressive content. “Army Brat," a straight-ahead swinger, is reminiscent of the Modern Jazz Quartet, when Milt Jackson's vibes would seemingly explode in contrast to John Lewis' ...

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Tim Collins: Mixing It Up

Read "Tim Collins: Mixing It Up" reviewed by Alan Bryson


Tim Collins likes to mix it up. It starts at home; the vibraphonist is married to a successful concert violinist and is intimately connected to the world of classical music. Recording with pianist Matthias Bublath, Collins has also worked with guitarist Charlie Hunter, who produced his second album, mixing rock, jazz, and string quartets. He seeks melodies and inspiration without regard to genre, covering songs by artists a disparate as Tom Petty and Björk on Castles and Hilltops (Nineteen-Eight Records, ...

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Take Five With Tim Collins

Read "Take Five With Tim Collins" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Tim Collins is a vibraphonist/drummer originally from NY, now living in Munich, Germany. He's played with Ingrid Jensen, Aaron Parks, John Ellis, Aaron Goldberg, Charlie Hunter, John Hollenbeck, George Porter, and Mike Moreno. His two albums, 'Valcour and Fade received 3 and 4 stars respectively in Downbeat Magazine. Look for a third album in 2011, featuring Danny Grissett, Matt Clohesy, and Tommy Crane.Instrument(s):Vibraphone, drums.Teachers and/or influences? Gordon Stout, Steve Brown, Joe Locke, John Riley, ...

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The Tim Collins Quartet: Live In Concert

Read "Live In Concert" reviewed by Russell Moon


Tim Collins is a young vibraphonist from New York City, and Live In Concert documents his March 24, 2002 graduation recital at the Manhattan School of Music.

Collins frequently gigs in the New York area (often as a duet) with pianist Ayako Shirasaki. Bassist Miles Brown and drummer Obed Calvaire are his preferred accompanists when available. Each musician plays well here, but the compositions – all by Collins – are what provide the album's strength.

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"Collins' music doesn't behave. In fact, it seems to make up it's own rules. 'Fade' contains jazz, minimalism, funk, pop, and rock music. It shatters stereotypes of what the vibraphone can do. The amazing thing is that it all makes perfect sense." —Mark Saleski

This is one of the best vibraphonists that I've heard in years. Tim's musical creativity really shines through, not to mention Tim and the group having brought a refreshing new sound to the table for us to partake of." —Leon Reyes, KVMR 89.5 FM Nevada City/Sacramento CA

"Collins' vibraphone style, which is pleasant, mature, and full bodied..

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Mountain Melody

Fine Music
2021

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Castles and Hilltops

Nineteen-Eight Records
2011

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Fade

Ropeadope Digital
2008

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Valcour

Arabesque Jazz
2007

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Live In Concert

Tim Collins Music
2003

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Gone With The Piggies

Consolidated Artists Productions
2002

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Pond

From: Castles and Hilltops
By Tim Collins

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