Philip Booth

Philip’s Contributions

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10/31/11    Albums

One of Many
Kenny Wheeler With John Taylor & Steve Swallow

Philip Booth reviews the new release by the flugelhorn great

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10/29/11    Albums

A Moment's Peace
John Scofield

Philip Booth reviews the latest from guitarist extraordinaire John Scofield

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10/07/11    Albums

The New Universe Music Festival 2010
Various Artists

Fusion heaven with John McLaughlin, Lenny White and more

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09/19/11    Albums

The Cyrus Chestnut Quartet
Cyrus Chestnut

A certain naturalism and hard-earned grace run through the compositions and playing of Cyrus Chestnut, the Baltimore-bred modern-mainstream player best known for his work as a resourceful solo pianist and dynamic leader of trios. But those qualities shine...

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09/05/11    Albums

Always Be Happy, But Stay Evil
Garage a Trois

Garage a Trois may have started 12 years ago as a groove-intensive jam outfit centered on the eight-string guitar ministrations of Charlie Hunter. But the group, with Skerik on tenor sax and effects, Mike Dillon on vibraphone and percussion, Stanton Moore...

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08/28/11    Albums

State of Art
Ben Williams

Yes, State of Art is an audacious title for any musician’s debut album. But the CD, the first under D.C. native Ben Williams’ name as a leader, largely lives up to the hype. Williams, a mainstay in Stefon Harris’ band and winner of the Thelonious Monk International...

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08/02/11    Albums

Morning Walk
High Time

The groove is the thing for High Time, a quartet of accomplished journeymen who have never quite reached household-name status. And the groove on much of the group’s debut CD leans on the laidback side of fusion: closer texturally to Yellowjackets/Fourplay...

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07/29/11    Albums

40 Acres and a Burro
Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Since ending its affiliation with Jazz at Lincoln Center in 2002, Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra has grown more adventurous, its leader travelling well beyond his Afro-Cuban roots. The musical exploration continues on 40 Acres and a Burro...

07/23/11    Albums

Gerald Veasley's Electric Mingus Project
Gerald Veasley

Given six-string electric bassist Gerald Veasley’s rep as a smooth-jazz exponent and, through his radio show, advocate for the genre, it’s easy to forget his multiyear stint with the late Joe Zawinul and his work backing such artists as McCoy Tyner. And...

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07/21/11    Albums

Rebirth of New Orleans
Rebirth Brass Band

When hearing the tumbling, staggered horns and propulsive, jagged drumming of a New Orleans brass band, anyone with affection for the Crescent City’s music is liable to book the next available flight. By that measure, Rebirth of New Orleans does what it...

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May 2011    Albums

Nightfall
Jimmy Haslip featuring Joe Vannelli

On Nightfall , Haslip’s first solo album since 2000’s Red Heat , he’s joined by keyboardist and producer Joe Vannelli for a set of heavily textured tracks characterized by multilayered keys and synths and programmed drums and percussion. Haslip’s awe-inspiring...

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04/25/11    Albums

Bitches Brew Live
Miles Davis

Philip Booth reviews live album of vintage material from Miles Davis and his Bitches Brew band

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04/19/11    Albums

Timeline
Yellowjackets

Philip Booth reviews new album from the Yellowjackets, who celebrate 30 years in the music business

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April 2011    Albums

Wingwalker
Jane Ira Bloom

For her 14th album as a leader, Jane Ira Bloom offers pieces—all are original compositions except for one—that might best be thought of as sound sculptures. That description applies even to the sole standard, a closing version of the Lerner and Loewe ballad...

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April 2011    Albums

Calma: solo piano & …
Omar Sosa

Omar Sosa, the Cuban-born pianist and composer whose music is steeped in jazz, the Caribbean rhythms and textures of his homeland and African music, often and most intriguingly works with large canvases: Take, for instance, last year’s sprawling, ambitious...

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March 2011    Albums

A Night in Monte-Carlo
Marcus Miller

Miles Davis and Jaco Pastorius references, Middle Eastern influences, deep funk and lush orchestral flourishes are among the elements Marcus Miller employs on his new album, recorded live in Monaco with the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra in 2008. The...

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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.