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by Andrey Henkin
The family business of jazz is a perilous one. Expectations come high when a child follows the parent's example. Will the offspring be as productive, or will comparisons undermine their prospects before they mature? Bassist Dave Phillips is the son of improvisatory bass legend Barre Phillips. Such a pedigree is not always a boon. Phillips handles it well by playing much differently than pére, writing his own compelling compositions and, most importantly, assembling a wonderfully cohesive group. The ...read more
by Glenn Astarita
Bassist Dave Phillips leads his quartet through a loosely climactic venture throughout these nine works. The album title provides a speck of information about the band’s mode of execution. Phillips and company are in no great rush to get to the point, evidenced on pieces such as “Window” and “Prayer,” where the band pursues staggered swing grooves and whispery choruses. Electric guitarist Rez Abbasi’s dark toned lines serve as a near perfect foil for alto saxophonist John O’ Gallagher’s feathery ...read more