One of the most versatile reedmen on the West Coast in the 1950s was Buddy Collette, at home on alto and tenor saxophones, clarinet, and flute. Man of Many Parts, in title and deed, bears this out. Additionally, Collette's writing skills are revealed in the nine original compositions that comprise three-fourths of the LP. They are typical of the West Coast jazz of the period, a parallel–particularly the octet tracks–to the Shorty Rogers' Giants. On that neglected instrument of the modern era--the clarinet--Collette blows convincingly in "St. Andrews Place Blues" with Barney Kessel complementing him on guitar.
with Gerald Wilson, David Wells, William E. Green, Jewell Grant, Ernie Freeman, Red Callender, Max Albright, Gerald Wiggins, Gene Wright, Bill Richmond, Barney Kessel, Joe Comfort, Larry Bunker