Philip Booth

Philip’s Contributions


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...


01/08/12    Albums

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Bill Frisell

Philip Booth reviews Bill Frisell's John Lennon tribute album


12/31/11    Albums

Pat Martino Quartet

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


12/30/11    Albums

The Good Feeling
Christian McBride Big Band

The world-renowned bassist makes his debut as big-band leader


12/23/11    Albums

Ron Carter's Great Big Band
Ron Carter's Great Big Band

Philip Booth reviews the legendary bassist's new CD


12/22/11    Albums

Seven Seas
Avishai Cohen

Philip Booth reviews the latest from the Israeli-born bassist


12/20/11    Albums

Songs From the Chateau
Kyle Eastwood

Listeners unexcited by the glossy, beat-heavy, smoothness of 2005’s Paris Blue and its two successors will be pleasantly surprised by the direction Kyle Eastwood takes on Songs From the Chateau , his fifth album as a leader. The virtuoso bass doubler and...


12/02/11    Albums

Human Element
Human Element

With the Zawinul Syndicate gone following the 2007 passing of its leader, and guitarist Fareed Haque exiting Garaj Mahal, who will carry the torch for the variety of fusion that blends organically with world music? One candidate for the job is Human Element...


10/31/11    Albums

One of Many
Kenny Wheeler With John Taylor & Steve Swallow

Philip Booth reviews the new release by the flugelhorn great


10/29/11    Albums

A Moment's Peace
John Scofield

Philip Booth reviews the latest from guitarist extraordinaire John Scofield


10/07/11    Albums

The New Universe Music Festival 2010
Various Artists

Fusion heaven with John McLaughlin, Lenny White and more


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...

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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.