Philip Booth

Philip’s Contributions

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01/15/14    Albums

Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio
Gerry Gibbs/Ron Carter/Kenny Barron

For his seventh album as a leader, relatively unsung drummer Gerry “The Thrasher” Gibbs enlists two revered jazz veterans as rhythm-section partners, bassist Ron Carter and pianist Kenny Barron. Both were childhood heroes to Gibbs; he was 10, in 1974, when...

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01/04/14    Features

Spyro Gyra: Contemporary Casual

Celebrating a landmark anniversary with spontaneous, inspired sessions

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12/28/13    Albums

Live: SFJAZZ Center 2013--The Music of Chick Corea & New Compositions
SFJAZZ Collective

With its latest ambitious recording, the San Francisco-based SFJAZZ Collective celebrates another great composer (the group’s modus operandi), a new venue and a new addition to the band. Two years ago, the Collective saluted the music of Stevie Wonder with...

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12/25/13    Albums

Tightrope
3 Cohens

With earlier 3 Cohens albums titled Family , Braid and One , the Israeli-born siblings have always conveyed an appealing unity vibe: They’re tightly bound together by artistic creativity, spirit, blood and, at this stage of their careers, a desire to collaborate...

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12/15/13    Albums

Fight Song: A Tribute to Charles Mingus
No BS Brass!

Funky brass bands, heavy on the New Orleans street beat with jazz and rock variously interwoven into the mix, have regained a degree of cache, thanks to the likes of Rebirth, the Dirty Dozen and Trombone Shorty. Now here comes Richmond, Va.’s 11-piece No...

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11/20/13    Gearhead

Jimmy Cobb & Peter Erskine On Ride Cymbals

What to look for in jazz's essential cymbal

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10/24/13    Gearhead

GearHead: John Patitucci's New ebook and Online Lessons

Technology beyond technique

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10/08/13    Albums

The Sky Inside
Drew Gress

Well-traveled bassist Drew Gress, equally at home in new-music and straight-ahead environs, deploys on this project the same band heard on 2008’s The Irrational Numbers and 2005’s 7 Black Butterflies ; two of the group’s core players, saxophonist Tim Berne...

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10/05/13    Albums

Open Letter
Drye & Drye

Refreshing concept, smartly executed: Brooklyn-based trombonist Brian Drye and his father, baritone saxophonist Howard Drye (both hail from Rhode Island), team up for a double-album featuring original compositions honoring their various influences. The horns...

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09/20/13    Albums

Dirty Word
Dumpstaphunk

The New Orleans funk is steep and the let’s-all-get-along unity groove is deep on Dirty Word , the second full-length recording from a band that’s steadily evolved since its informal start a decade ago at Jazz Fest, as an all-star collective led by keyboardist...

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08/25/13    Albums

Pascal's Triangle
Pascal Le Boeuf

Pascal’s Triangle is probably located, very loosely, on that part of the jazz spectrum also occupied by the likes of e.s.t., the Bad Plus and trios led by Vijay Iyer and Robert Glasper. Pianist and composer Pascal Le Boeuf, bassist Linda Oh and drummer Justin...

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08/03/13    Albums

Live at Jazzfest Berlin
Ronnie Cuber

Baritone saxophonist Ronnie Cuber’s third release for SteepleChase predates his association with the label, and might be thought of as a happy accident. At the titular fest, in 2008, Cuber’s quartet—with pianist Kenny Drew Jr., electric bassist Ruben Rodriguez...

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07/25/13    Albums

Toussaintville
Swingadelic

Any tribute to the creative prowess and influence of Allen Toussaint, the New Orleans pianist and eclectic composer of great imagination, is always welcome. In time for his 75th birthday, New York little-big-band Swingadelic offers just such honors, taking...

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07/19/13    Albums

A Rise in the Road
Yellowjackets

For Yellowjackets’ 22nd album, pianist Russell Ferrante, the band’s sole remaining founding member, is joined by tenor saxophonist Bob Mintzer (23-year member), drummer William Kennedy (14-year member, over two different stints) and new bassist Felix Pastorius...

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06/26/13    Albums

What's Up?
Michel Camilo

Michel Camilo has never been one to shy away from a challenge, whether fronting a remarkably agile power piano trio like the one showcased in the documentary Calle 54 , leading a big band, going one-on-one with flamenco guitarist Tomatito, guesting with...

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05/24/13    Albums

Jaleel Shaw
The Soundtrack of Things to Come

How best to make a musical representation of a visual medium? That, in effect, was one challenge alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw faced when putting together The Soundtrack of Things to Come , the Philadelphia native’s rangy, accomplished third album as a leader...

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About Philip Booth

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Longtime arts journalist and bassist Philip Booth has been playing and writing about music since the era when lime-green leisure suits weren't yet considered abominations. The Florida native, pop music critic for the Tampa Tribune from 1988 to 1996, contributes coverage of jazz, rock, Americana, blues, world music and other genres to Billboard, Down Beat, Jazziz, Bass Player, Relix, the St. Petersburg Times and Las Vegas City Life, and his byline additionally has appeared in many other publications.

Booth produced and played on a 1996 Thelonious Monk tribute disc, "Monk in the Sun," featuring Nat Adderley, Jeff Berlin, and Kenny Drew, Jr., and his now-defunct jamband Ghetto Love Sugar played major festivals and venues around Florida. But he counts a one-off teenage gig with Bo Diddley, during his college years at the University of Florida, as his true brush with fame. When not writing or playing upright and electric bass with Trio Vibe and other groups, Booth watches movies, pursues fiction writing, and spends time with his wife Callie and their two children.