Philip Booth

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03/21/15    Features

"Low Down," the New Film About Unsung Piano Master Joe Albany

An "Everyday Joe" struggles through the '70s


12/09/14    Concerts

Live: Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra at Birdland

Imaginative colorations and driving Latin grooves


11/10/14    Albums

Songs to the North Sky
Tim Garland

Revisiting the approach he took on 2009’s Libra , saxophonist Tim Garland divides Songs to the North Sky into two discs. The first CD features Lighthouse, his expandable small group with drummer/percussionist Asaf Sirkis, while the second reunites the Brit...


08/23/14    Albums

Move Your Body
Rebirth Brass Band

After reclaiming its mojo as a raucous, horns-heavy traditional street band on 2011’s inspired and inspiring Rebirth of New Orleans , which won the group its first Grammy, one of the Crescent City’s most acclaimed marching brass outfit continues in a similar...


08/14/14    Albums

Last Dance
Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden

[ Editor's note: This review was written and published in JazzTimes shortly before Charlie Haden's death. We've left it intact. ] So maybe this project should officially be known as the Standards Duo. Four years after old friends and onetime musical collaborators...


08/08/14    Albums

Get Me Joe Beck
Joe Beck Trio

“My aim on the guitar is to try to get each chord to follow the preceding chord like it was meant to be there, and then sort of hint at what the next chord might be,” Joe Beck says, in one of several spoken introductions sprinkled throughout Get Me Joe Beck...


05/26/14    Features

Nathan East: Consummate Sideman Releases Solo Debut

Busy bassist is more than "Lucky"


04/20/14    Gearhead

GearHead: "Is That a Cello?"

Inside the plight of the touring acoustic bass player


04/18/14    Albums

Modern American Music...Period! The Criteria Sessions
Jaco Pastorius

Modern American Music … Period! , released on CD, multicolored vinyl and via download, offers the unfettered 1974 Miami demo sessions for bassist Jaco Pastorius’ 1976 solo debut. These recordings, previously unissued in full, unedited form, have been in...


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...


01/04/14    Features

Spyro Gyra: Contemporary Casual

Celebrating a landmark anniversary with spontaneous, inspired sessions


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...


12/25/13    Albums

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...


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...


11/20/13    Gearhead

Jimmy Cobb & Peter Erskine On Ride Cymbals

What to look for in jazz's essential cymbal


10/24/13    Gearhead

GearHead: John Patitucci's New ebook and Online Lessons

Technology beyond technique

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About Philip Booth


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.