Philip Booth

Philip’s Contributions


10/08/13    Albums

The Sky Inside
Drew Gress

Well-traveled bassist Drew Gress, equally at home in new-music and straight-ahead environs, deploys on this project the same band heard on 2008’s The Irrational Numbers and 2005’s 7 Black Butterflies ; two of the group’s core players, saxophonist Tim Berne...


10/05/13    Albums

Open Letter
Drye & Drye

Refreshing concept, smartly executed: Brooklyn-based trombonist Brian Drye and his father, baritone saxophonist Howard Drye (both hail from Rhode Island), team up for a double-album featuring original compositions honoring their various influences. The horns...


09/20/13    Albums

Dirty Word

The New Orleans funk is steep and the let’s-all-get-along unity groove is deep on Dirty Word , the second full-length recording from a band that’s steadily evolved since its informal start a decade ago at Jazz Fest, as an all-star collective led by keyboardist...


08/25/13    Albums

Pascal's Triangle
Pascal Le Boeuf

Pascal’s Triangle is probably located, very loosely, on that part of the jazz spectrum also occupied by the likes of e.s.t., the Bad Plus and trios led by Vijay Iyer and Robert Glasper. Pianist and composer Pascal Le Boeuf, bassist Linda Oh and drummer Justin...


08/03/13    Albums

Live at Jazzfest Berlin
Ronnie Cuber

Baritone saxophonist Ronnie Cuber’s third release for SteepleChase predates his association with the label, and might be thought of as a happy accident. At the titular fest, in 2008, Cuber’s quartet—with pianist Kenny Drew Jr., electric bassist Ruben Rodriguez...


07/25/13    Albums


Any tribute to the creative prowess and influence of Allen Toussaint, the New Orleans pianist and eclectic composer of great imagination, is always welcome. In time for his 75th birthday, New York little-big-band Swingadelic offers just such honors, taking...


07/19/13    Albums

A Rise in the Road

For Yellowjackets’ 22nd album, pianist Russell Ferrante, the band’s sole remaining founding member, is joined by tenor saxophonist Bob Mintzer (23-year member), drummer William Kennedy (14-year member, over two different stints) and new bassist Felix Pastorius...


06/26/13    Albums

What's Up?
Michel Camilo

Michel Camilo has never been one to shy away from a challenge, whether fronting a remarkably agile power piano trio like the one showcased in the documentary Calle 54 , leading a big band, going one-on-one with flamenco guitarist Tomatito, guesting with...


05/24/13    Albums

Jaleel Shaw
The Soundtrack of Things to Come

How best to make a musical representation of a visual medium? That, in effect, was one challenge alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw faced when putting together The Soundtrack of Things to Come , the Philadelphia native’s rangy, accomplished third album as a leader...


04/10/13    Albums

The Greg Abate Quintet Featuring Phil Woods
Greg Abate

Greg Abate’s latest is a decidedly meat-and-potatoes affair, a straight-ahead outing on which the saxophonist is joined by one of his major influences, alto master Phil Woods. No-frills doesn’t mean no thrills, however, as there’s much pleasure to be had...


03/29/13    Albums

Sensing Flight
The O'Farrill Brothers Band

Sibling-led jazz bands aren’t particularly rare. The Latin-jazz side of the street alone has recently brought the likes of impressive groups led by brothers with the surnames Rodriguez and Curtis. Now comes the O’Farrill Brothers Band, with trumpeter Adam...


03/25/13    Albums

The Art of the Soprano, Vol. 1
Sam Newsome

The Art of the Soprano, Vol. 1 isn’t Sam Newsome’s first solo soprano saxophone recording, but it may be the most provocative and most complete of a trio of albums including 2009’s Blue Soliloquy and 2007’s Monk Abstractions . Newsome takes an organic, whole...


03/09/13    Albums

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...


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...


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”...


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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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.