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Simon Phillips is by far one of the world's most renowned and respected drummers, whose style not only reflects his technical gift but also his distinct musical sensibility. Whether it is Rock, Fusion or Jazz, Simon applies the same precision and intensity to his drumming, which is never lacking in emotion and feel.

Simon's professional musical career began at the early age of twelve, performing and recording with his father's - Sid Phillips – Dixiel and band until he turned sixteen. With an offer to play in the musical Jesus Christ Superstar, his path was marked and his career in full bloom. Simon soon became one of London's most celebrated session drummers. In his early twenties he was well on his way to having a musical career nothing short of brilliance. To date he has toured and recorded with many bands and artists, including: Mick Jagger, The Who, Jeff Beck, Jack Bruce, Peter Gabriel, Joe Satriani, Tears for Fears, Judas Priest, Roxy Music, Michael Schenker, Nik Kershaw, Phd., Al DiMeola, 801, Pete Townshend, Russ Ballard, Robert Palmer, Stanley Clarke, The Pretenders, Jon Anderson, Whitesnake and Dave Gilmour... to name but a few.

In 1992 Simon decided to move to the USA, coinciding with being asked to join Toto for their world tour. He has remained a full time member ever since. After recording the Toto album "Tambu" in 1995, another year of touring followed in 1996, covering Europe, Japan, SE Asia and South America.

In 1997 Simon took a break from Toto in order to reach a personal milestone: He took his own band on tour, and for the first time he was the bandleader, and it was his music. This great year included tours of Europe, Japan and The United States, and a performance at The North Sea Jazz Festival.

1998 saw the recording of another Toto studio album entitled" Mindfields", followed by 2 years of touring around the world of which the live CD "Livefields" captures. The most recent Toto record "Through the Looking Glass" took the band in 2002/03 on extensive concert trips to Europe and Asia.

Expanding his career from drumming to writing solo projects, Simon recorded his first album "Protocol" in 1988, followed by "Force Majeure" in 1992. "Symbiosis", which he recorded in 1995, was as spirited but more inspired than ever, and showed a change of direction in the compositions. Simon likes to link his growth in songwriting and new artistic depth to his move to the States. The 1997 record "Another Lifetime" shows yet another layer of his tremendously resourceful playing and an even more motivated composing. "Out of the Blue", a live album, followed in 1998 and in 1999 another complete change of style took place in his latest record "Vantage Point", which is a pure, straight ahead jazz album.

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Holiday Edition With Tim Miller, Tom Coster, Jimmy Haslip And Protocol

Read "Holiday Edition With Tim Miller, Tom Coster, Jimmy Haslip And Protocol" reviewed by Len Davis


The holiday edition of the program features uninterrupted music from Kick The Cat, Tim Miller, Tom Coster and Erik Escobar. Plus Horacio “El Negro" Hernandez, Jimmy Haslip and Simon Phillips Protocol. Playlist Kick the Cat “Scramble" from Scramble (Blue Jazz) 00:00 Tim Miller “Sharp" from Sides (ADM Records) 0:05:36 Tom Coster “Turkish Delight" from Inner Voice (JVC) 11:15 Stuart Hart “Running Out Of Words" from Inner Voice (Mother West) 16:51 EQ “Natural High" from To Speak (Vorticity Music) ...

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Dewa Budjana: Naurora

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Balinese guitarist Dewa Budjana's seventh album on Moonjune Records, Naurora, reveals--for those who have not heard him--a musician of seemingly unlimited talent and an artist in possession of an expansive vision. He has been called a “progressive fusion maestro" and, if he has to be labeled, that description feels right. Leading off with this disc's eleven-minute title tune, Budjana--who composed, arranged and produced the music here--lays down huge, rich soundscapes in the company of a bunch of forward-looking allstars, including ...

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Simon Phillips, Virgil Donati, Jan Hammer and much more

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Our Fusion fest continues with Simon Phillips and Protocol, Jan Hammer, Jean-Luc Ponty and Weather Report.Playlist Simon Phillips “Moments Of Fortune" from Protocol 2 (Phantom) 00:00 MSM Schmidt “Medusa" from Life (Laika) 07:18 Virgil Donati “Eleven Part 2" from Ruination (Gildon Music) 14:41 Jan Hammer “Red and Orange" from Oh Yeah (Nemperor) 21:57 Marc Guillermont “Ory 107" from The Space Animals (La Note Bleue) 29:07 Jean Luc Ponty “Far From The Beaten Paths" from Individual Choice (Atlantic) 36:30 ...

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Ray Russell: Fluid Architecture

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Veteran British guitarist and composer Ray Russell has been active in free jazz, fusion and as a session player. His whole range of experience finds a voice in the opener “Escaping The Six String Cage," as he and synthesist Eric Baldwin explore a wide range of guitar sounds. Slide guitar gives way to lyrical volume pedal swells, followed by rhythmic loops leading into free playing. Lyrical delay evolves into an abstract soundscape, finally returning to slide. Several tracks ...

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Rob Silverman: Drumology

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Master drum clinician Rob Silverman, known for his explorative drumming and absorbing instructional videos, teamed up with an impressive line-up of top-flight jazz and fusion drummers to collide the study of drumming with the presentation of original songs penned by Silverman and his brother Michael Silverman. The result, Drumology, is a blend of science, rhythm and melody. For the project, Silverman invited an array of drumming superstars that included Dave Weckl, Simon Phillips, Gregg Bissonette, and Steve Smith.

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Simon Phillips Protocol: 4

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All-universe drummer Simon Phillips can navigate just about any rock-related genre with the greatest of ease, given his tenure with Toto, The Who; voluminous discography as a session artist and ongoing leadership with his jazz-rock ensemble, Protocol. On 4 guitar hero Greg Howe replaces Andy Timmons, and Dennis Hamm takes over keyboard duties for Steve Weingart, along with longstanding member, bassist Ernest Tibbs. Ultimately, Phillips strikes gold on the latest rendition, perhaps looming as the band's finest outing to date.

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Simon Phillips Protocol at Catalina Jazz Club

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Simon Phillips Protocol Catalina Jazz Club Hollywood, CA February 6, 2018 Early on, the very engaged crowd at the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood knew we were in for a treat. Perhaps it was enough that drummer Simon Phillips and his quartet Protocol were ready to take the stage for an evening of high-energy fusion. After an opening number, Phillips announced, “We will be playing Protocol 4 in it's entirety." ...

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Seasons Pt. 2

Red Gate Records
2022

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Naurora

MoonJune Records
2021

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Drumology

Autumn Hill Records
2020

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Fluid Architecture

Cuneiform Records
2020

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Protocol 4

Phantom Recordings
2017

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Phantom Recordings
2017

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