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Nick Phillips

Perhaps best-known as a jazz record producer, with credits on countless internationally distributed releases including more than a dozen GRAMMY-nominated projects, Nick Phillips' heartfelt, lyrical jazz trumpet playing was put in the national spotlight with release of his own debut album, Moment to Moment (co-led with pianist, Cava Menzies). The album, which cracked up the top 20 on the Billboard Jazz Chart and was named one of the "Best Jazz Albums of 2014" by DownBeat magazine, drew enthusiastic comparisons to the work of jazz trumpeters Miles Davis and Chet Baker. He soon followed with another Billboard-charting album, Haiku (co-led with vocalist/pianist, Jenny Maybee)

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jenny Maybee/Nick Phillips: Haiku

Read "Haiku" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Trumpeter Nick Phillips established himself as a great believer in the power of toned-down art when he released the attractively mellow Moment To Moment (Self Produced, 2014) with pianist Cava Menzies. That album retained a magically hushed aura from start to finish, showing Phillips to be a less-is-more artist focused on tracing the curves of a ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Cava Menzies and Nick Phillips: Their Moment

Read "Cava Menzies and Nick Phillips:  Their Moment" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

Every once in a while, a couple of jazz musicians who've never played with each other before find themselves together on a bandstand, and something special really clicks. They just jell musically as if they've been playing together all their lives. Pianist Cava Menzies and trumpeter Nick Phillips experienced such an encounter not long ago, when ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Cava Menzies/Nick Phillips: Moment to Moment

Read "Moment to Moment" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

This feels like a chance ramble off of dimly lit streets into a wee hours night club; and the quartet--trumpet, piano, bass and drums--has slipped into a blue mood. A few notes from the muted horn, a half a dozen supple touches of the piano keys sets the introspective and melancholy tone for the evening. The ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Cava Menzies & Nick Phillips Present Moment To Moment - A Mesmerizing Album Of Jazz Ballads

Cava Menzies & Nick Phillips Present Moment To Moment - A Mesmerizing Album Of Jazz Ballads

New York, NY - Ballads reign on Moment To Moment on the extraordinarily self-possessed new album by pianist Cava Menzies and trumpeter Nick Phillips. But this recording is much more than just a “ballads album.” Many artists have produced albums filled with love songs and torch tunes at slow tempos; theyʼre designed to pull at the heartstrings, ...