Philip Booth

Philip’s Contributions

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11/26/12    Albums

Samba Jazz—Jazz Samba
Duduka da Fonseca Quintet

Duduka Da Fonseca, the Brazilian-born New York drummer and percussionist probably best known as a member of award-winning cooperative Trio da Paz, in recent years has placed a greater emphasis on his quintet with tenor saxophonist and clarinetist Anat Cohen...

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11/08/12    Concerts

Concert Review: Christian McBride Trio, St. Petersburg, Florida

World-class bassist and young accompanists shine in eclectic set

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11/04/12    Albums

Renaissance
Marcus Miller

Fastest, most melodic thumb in jazz-funk or not—and on many days, he deserves that title—bassist-producer-composer Marcus Miller wields that digit in a manner that’s impossible to ignore. He does that instantly identifiable thing he does with great panache...

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10/17/12    Albums

Our Thing
Roni Ben-Hur/Santi Debriano Featuring Duduka Da Fonseca

The occasion that produced Our Thing , a set of exquisitely played originals, jazz standards and Jobim tunes, must have been darn picturesque: Guitarist Roni Ben-Hur and bassist Santi Debriano played in a 12th-century church at Festi Jazz, the summer festival...

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09/11/12    Albums

The Long Waiting
Kenny Wheeler Big Band

More than two decades have passed since the great England-based brass man and composer Kenny Wheeler last led his own big-band recording. But neither time nor encroaching age—Wheeler turned 82 in January—have dimmed the Canadian-born master’s passion for...

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08/22/12    Albums

Celebrando
Hendrik Meurkens/Gabriel Espinosa

There’s something light, airy and, well, deceptively breezy about the aptly titled Celebrando , an alluring set of Brazilian jazz compositions simmered to perfection by German-born harmonica man Hendrik Meurkens and bassist Gabriel Espinosa, a native of...

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06/28/12    Movies

The Wayman Tisdale Story
Wayman Tisdale

If not for the unhappy ending, The Wayman Tisdale Story (Mack Avenue), a film included in the CD/DVD package of the same name, would make for a terrific inspirational feature film: Oklahoma kid from meager means plays in the band at his preacher father’s...

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05/20/12    Albums

Home
Wallace Roney

Old-school funk and fusion? Contemporary R&B? Straight-ahead jazz? Open-air modal music? One never quite knows what to expect from a new Wallace Roney project—that is, aside from impressive blowing and a tone that, while still sometimes evocative of Miles...

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05/15/12    Albums

Red Sparkle
Jeff Hamilton Trio

Cymbal taps, tumbling toms, a dancing bass figure, pastel piano overlays, an ambling groove and then—could it be?—a familiar melody straight out of ’70s pop radio. That drummer Jeff Hamilton, leading a trio with pianist Tamir Hendelman and bassist Christoph...

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03/28/12    Concerts

The Rodriguez Brothers in Concert March 18

Latin jazz at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

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03/24/12    Albums

Variations
Kevin Hays

The artist’s intent aside, the most direct path to hearing how each of the solo piano miniatures on Variations varies from its successors is to listen to each cycle in sequence, rather than how Kevin Hays has ordered these compositions. For example, the...

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02/20/12    Albums

Galaxy
Jeff Lorber Fusion

On his last record, 2010’s Now Is the Time , Jeff Lorber reclaimed the long-lost “fusion” part of his band name and brand identity. With Bobby Colomby and Yellowjackets bassist Jimmy Haslip co-producing, the keyboardist and composer deemphasized smooth-jazz...

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02/18/12    Albums

MSMW Live: In Case the World Changes Its Mind
Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood

MSMW, in the studio and onstage, everywhere from Bear Creek Music Festival in the north Florida woods to the Montreal Jazz Festival, always sounds like a natural-born partnership—the deep jazz-funk and experimental genius of Medeski, Martin and Wood running...

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02/06/12    Albums

Music of Stevie Wonder and New Compositions: Live in New York 2011, Season 8
SFJAZZ Collective

There are lots of advantages to a musical collective, at least the way such an entity is operated by SFJAZZ, the organization behind multiple inspired jazz initiatives in San Francisco. SFJAZZ Collective has an occasionally shifting lineup, sometimes gaining...

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01/08/12    Albums

all we are saying ...
Bill Frisell

Philip Booth reviews Bill Frisell's John Lennon tribute album

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12/31/11    Albums

Undeniable
Pat Martino Quartet

Philip Booth reviews guitar great Pat Martino's new live album

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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.