Philip Booth

Philip’s Contributions


01/15/13    Albums

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...


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...


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...


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...


11/08/12    Concerts

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

World-class bassist and young accompanists shine in eclectic set


11/04/12    Albums

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...


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...


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...


08/22/12    Albums

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...


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...


05/20/12    Albums

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...


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...


03/28/12    Concerts

The Rodriguez Brothers in Concert March 18

Latin jazz at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola


03/24/12    Albums

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...


02/20/12    Albums

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...


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...

  • Email E-mail
  • Share Share
  • Rss RSS
  • Report Report

About Philip Booth