All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

3

Dan Phillips BKK Trio: Bangkok Edge

Ian Patterson By

Sign in to view read count
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 his personality on the music, as does his band.

Saxophonist Jakob Dinesen guests on four numbers, and he and Phillips complement each other well; both are highly rhythmic players and melody is central to their craft, even in the most flowing improvisations on the out and out blowing session of Rodgers and Hart's "Have You Met Miss Jones?" and saxophonist John Coltrane's "26-2." Dinesen recorded Coltrane's tune on Everything will be Alright (Stunt Records, 2002) with guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, with whom Phillips bears favorable comparison both stylistically—and for his endless invention. There is, however, tremendous finesse in the collective voice of both the trio and quartet settings, and sufficient variation in tempo and intensity to command the attention for the 70-plus minute duration of this recording.

Bassist Pornchart Viriyapark and drummer Chanutr Techatana-nan—fellow Silpakorn Professors—are equal partners in the mix. Viriyapark carves out a couple of fine solos, particularly on an elegant interpretation of saxophonist Sam Rivers's "Beatrice" and Phillips' "Blues For?," and his pronounced rhythmic sense anchors the quartet, freeing Techatana-nan to draw all manner of accents from his kit. "Blues For?'' and Phillip's "The Observer" stem from the same melodic well as the standards, and the guitarist excels at imbuing the old with a contemporary sheen. Composer Billy Strayhorn's "A Flower is a Lovesome Thing" follows—featuring a wonderful solo from Dineson—continuing on from "The Observer" like the most natural coda.

When Phillips cuts loose he's as exciting a guitarist as there is, though he never abandons melody. His solo on Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer's "Day of Wine and Roses" is spectacular, as he pursues meandering blues paths between sudden cascades of spiraling notes. However, at the slower pace of pianist Thelonious Monk's "Ask Me Now"—taken at a stroll—and a gorgeous version of Coltrane's "Naima," Phillips is just as captivating, constantly unfolding ideas with the patience and subtle guile associated with guitarist Jim Hall. Another Monk tune, "Evidence," provides the fuel for an up-tempo quartet set closer, with Phillips again inspired.

Surrounded by such intuitive musicians, Phillips could, like Rosenwinkel, mine the standards indefinitely, without ever repeating himself. He gets under the skin of the composer and inhabits a tune, reworking it in his own idiom. And as his originals here and on his previous albums as leader demonstrate, he creates pretty high standards of his own design.

Track Listing: Beatrice; The Observer; Day of Wine and Roses; A Flower is a Lovesome Thing; Have you met Mrs. Jones?; Ask me Now; 26-2; Blues For?; Naima; Evidence.

Personnel: Dan Phillips: guitar; Jakob Dinesen: tenor saxophone, (1, 3, 5, 10); Chanutr Techatana-Nan, drums; Pornchart Viriyapark, bass.

Title: Bangkok Edge | Year Released: 2012 | Record Label: Self Produced

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

Terminal 1

Terminal 1

Dan Phillips
Destination Unknown

CD/LP/Track Review
Multiple Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
DVD/Film Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Converging Tributaries

Converging Tributaries

Lizard Breath Records
2017

buy
Bangkok Edge Live

Bangkok Edge Live

Self Produced
2014

buy
Bangkok Edge

Bangkok Edge

Self Produced
2013

buy
Bangkok Edge

Bangkok Edge

Self Produced
2012

buy
A Moment of Clarity

A Moment of Clarity

Self Produced
2005

buy
Destination Unknown

Destination Unknown

Lizard Breath Records
0

buy

Related Articles

Read Grime Scene CD/LP/Track Review
Grime Scene
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 20, 2018
Read (Willisau) 1991 Studio CD/LP/Track Review
(Willisau) 1991 Studio
by Mark Corroto
Published: June 20, 2018
Read Tradition CD/LP/Track Review
Tradition
by Chris May
Published: June 20, 2018
Read Life Anthem CD/LP/Track Review
Life Anthem
by Jerome Wilson
Published: June 20, 2018
Read Closer To Home CD/LP/Track Review
Closer To Home
by Geannine Reid
Published: June 20, 2018
Read 1538 CD/LP/Track Review
1538
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: June 19, 2018
Read "The Other Side of Time" CD/LP/Track Review The Other Side of Time
by Kevin Press
Published: January 31, 2018
Read "RFK Stadium 1989 Box" CD/LP/Track Review RFK Stadium 1989 Box
by Doug Collette
Published: December 3, 2017
Read "The Subject Tonight Is Love" CD/LP/Track Review The Subject Tonight Is Love
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: January 31, 2018
Read "Groovin' Hard: Live at the Penthouse 1964-1968" CD/LP/Track Review Groovin' Hard: Live at the Penthouse 1964-1968
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: August 27, 2017
Read "More Songs About Error And Shame" CD/LP/Track Review More Songs About Error And Shame
by Anya Wassenberg
Published: March 27, 2018
Read "Unloved" CD/LP/Track Review Unloved
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: December 23, 2017