Tom Collier - Across The Bridge


On November 20th (2015), the second of three Tom Collier recording projects partially funded by a University of Washington Royalty Research Grant was released to the world on Seattle's award-winning jazz label, Origin Records. The title of the album, Across The Bridge, refers to a certain span across the Duwamish Waterway connecting downtown Seattle to West Seattle where Collier spent most of his youth. The CD's nine original compositions and their titles were inspired by childhood places and memories, mostly shared by album's producer and electric bassist Dan Dean who lived across the street from Tom ("Harmonious Effusion On Olga Street"). Other compositions on the album pay homage to his first neighborhood ("47th 'N' Hudson"), early schoolyard friends (Genesee), high school memories ("Gold 'N' Blues"), after school haunts ("Beach Drive" and "The Junction"), favorite theater ("The Admiral's Point Of View"), and even typical early morning West Seattle weather ("Fauntleroy Mist").

In it's second week of release, Across The Bridge reached number 50 on the JazzWeek radio airplay chart and had the most added radio stations during the the same week of November 23rd. Since then the album has had consistent radio airplay on more than forty jazz radio stations across the US and Canada as well as several European stations. Very favorable reviews are beginning to appear in various publications including a 3 & 1/2 star review in Downbeat Magazine (see Press/Reviews page).

In addition to producer and electric bassist Dan Dean (who also overdubbed several guitar parts), Across The Bridge features two world-class electric guitarists, Larry Coryell and Bill Frisell, both of whom have strong ties to Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. Coryell who once played with the legendary 1960's Seattle rock band The Dynamics, forged an impressive career as one of the founding fathers of contemporary jazz/rock and fusion playing and recording with the likes of Gary Burton, John McLaughlin, Charles Mingus, and dozens of other jazz greats. Bill Frisell has also become a leading voice in jazz with many of his own eclectic albums featuring such luminaries as Elvin Jones, Dave Holland, Lyle Mays, Ron Carter, and many more. Two fabulous drummers also stand out on the album, Ted Poor and John Bishop.

To hear a track from the new album, click on the audio page.