Guitarist Dan Phillips has long been a leading figure in nurturing jazz in his adopted home of jny:Bangkok. Whether teaching in the city's universities or through his club gigs, Phillips has mentored and inspired many of Thailand's upcoming jazz musicians. With the excellent pairing of drummer Chanutr Techatana-nan (aka Hong) and bassist Pornchart Viriyapark, the trio's impressive debut Bangkok Edge (Self produced, 2012) featured Danish saxophonist Jakob Dinesen on half the tracks. That collaboration is reprised here in a vibrant live recording where the quartet blows hard on a set of standards. Recorded in 2013 at Niu's Jazz ...read more
Thailand isn't exactly known the world over as a jazz mecca, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have its fair share of talent in this department; one need look no further than the back cover of guitarist Dan Phillips' Bangok Edge to discover the names of some of the movers and shakers on the Thai jazz scene. Phillips, who hails from America but lives in Thailand and serves on the music faculty at Silpakorn University, put together a simpatico trio with two of Thailand's most impressive players--frequent drumming colleague Chanutr Techatana-Nan and top flight bassist Pornchart Viriyapark. ...read more
It's been two years since guitarist Dan Phillips released Jazz Guitar--Basics and Beyond, (Self Produced, 2010), his impressively practical and digestible instructional DVD. Jazz guitar Professor at Bangkok's Silpakorn University, Phillips stressed the necessity of composing as the surest route to finding one's own voice, and leading by example--as any University Professor worth his salt should--Phillips illustrated his points on eight originals, several of which were previously unreleased. It seemed like a CD of new material was on the horizon, but Phillips has, instead, returned to his early roots with a selection of mostly jazz standards, though the leader stamps ...read more
Dan PhillipsJazz Guitar: Basics and Beyond Self Produced2010 With 20 years' experience as a jazz educator, guitarist Dan Phillips in a position of some authority to be giving advice to guitarists learning their craft. Two decades and many musical adventures later, Phillips occupies the chair of guitar teacher in the faculty of music at Bangkok's Silpakorn University. This useful instructional DVD is suitable for guitarists with a fair degree of competency. If chord inversions, leading tones, adding tensions, quarter notes and accented upbeats sound alien then it would be advisable to begin ...read more
Dan Phillips has led bands in Boston, New York, Bangkok and Tokyo, where he lived and taught, and in Chicago, from whence this band springs. The first impact Phillips makes is with his sense of swing and the thick notes that fall from his guitar. Having done so, he opens the vista in a swell of notes that cut, roll and sweep ahead in a near torrent. He is met along the trail by Krzysztof Fabian, whose bass rummages through the offbeat, and Tim Mulvenna, whose crisp rhythm at the outset now punctures time and edges the progression onward.
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