Philip Booth

Philip’s Contributions

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03/09/13    Albums

Reunion
Gene Bertoncini/Mike Mainieri/ Michael Moore/Joe Corsello

Palpable feelings of warmth and intimacy ooze through the sonic pores of Reunion, a relaxed gathering of longtime musical associates led by journeyman guitarist Gene Bertoncini. Those sensations come partly by default, thanks to the acoustic instrumental...

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02/14/13    Albums

Thank You Les
Lou Pallo of Les Paul's Trio with Special Guests

Several generations of guitarists have been inspired by the playing—and electric guitar and recording inventions—of the late Les Paul. He never really retired, instead spending his golden years playing Monday nights at the Iridium in Manhattan and extending...

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02/09/13    Albums

Not Getting Behind Is the New Getting Ahead
Charlie Hunter/Scott Amendola

In these undesirable economic times, it’s good that Charlie Hunter can get things done without a lot of fuss. He performed the music for his latest CD live in the studio sans aural enhancements, EQ or overdubs, recording straight to tape in an “almost mono”...

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01/23/13    Albums

Lucky 13
Javon Jackson with Les McCann

Javon Jackson’s simultaneously brawny and brainy tenor sound, burly and commanding but also capable of surgical precision, is well featured on Lucky 13 , not coincidentally his 13th album as a leader. Having graduated from the schools of Art Blakey, Elvin...

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01/15/13    Albums

Coexist
Winard Harper and Jeli Posse

The drummer gives the saxophonists some on Coexist , another round of sophisticated truth telling from Winard Harper that demonstrates high standards of musical excellence when it comes to expansive compositions, creative arrangements and choice of able...

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12/28/12    Albums

3 Brave Souls
John Beasley/Darryl Jones/Ndugu Chancler

What happens when three veterans of Miles’ bands of the early ’70s through late ’80s, all of whom have also supported high-profile pop and rock tours and recordings, join forces for their own project? 3 Brave Souls , featuring the talents of journeyman pianist...

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12/19/12    Albums

GRP 30
Various Artists

Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen officially launched GRP in 1982, applying high standards for audio production to recordings featuring jazz masters (Dizzy Gillespie, Gerry Mulligan) as well as fast-rising newcomers. The label made an enormous impact on the smooth...

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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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