311

Flip Phillips: Swing is the Thing

AAJ Staff By

Sign in to view read count
Flip Phillips: Swing is the Thing The swing craze may have faded, but the authentic heart of the music will never die. In the hands of 85-year-old Flip Phillips, the spirit and sound of the original swing era are as alive and true as he. Whether on his own compositions like the flying intro/outro "The Mark of Zorro" or the rythmic and subdued central title track or on Rodgers and Hart’s "Where or When" or Duke’s "In a Mellow Tone," Phillips' sax is warm and friendly, making each song a story you want to listen to as much as you want to move to. Polishing Phillips' burnished brass are notable cohorts like Joe Lovano and James Carter. The rhythm section of Christian McBride and Kenny Washington make their multi-generational presence felt with little gap and appropraite subtlety. Guitarist/co-composer Howard Laden and pianist Benny Green chime in when appropriate and offer some impressive lead breaks as well.

Green’s opening snippet of "Baby Bumblebee," for example, cracks "Flip the Whip" to jovial life. From the building jitterbug snap of "Exactly Like Us" to the noir-y, breathy plod of "Susan’s Dream," this veteran of Goodman, Norvo, Herman and Granz keeps pace with his latest fellow performers, some of whom are over 50 years his junior, in an array of original sets and cherished covers. Even his occasional slurs and squeals seem the planned product of an experienced master more than the misgivings of age. Leading the way and keeping the star-studded conglomerate in a tight and snappy line, Phillips shows once again what has kept him swinging all these years.


Track Listing: 1. The Mark Of Zorro - Intro 2. I Hadn't Anyone Till You 3. Everything I Have Is Yours 4. Where Or When 5. In A Mellow Tone 6. Exactly Like Us 7. Music, Maestro, Please 8. Swing Is The Thing 9. For All We Know 10. Flip The Whip 11. Susan's Dream 12. This Is All I Ask 13. Grand Rose 14. The Mark Of Zorro - Outro

Title: Swing is the Thing | Year Released: 2003 | Record Label: Verve Music Group


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Can't Get Started CD/LP/Track Review Can't Get Started
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: August 24, 2017
Read Viriditas CD/LP/Track Review Viriditas
by Tyran Grillo
Published: August 24, 2017
Read Jorg Schippa's Kiosk CD/LP/Track Review Jorg Schippa's Kiosk
by Glenn Astarita
Published: August 24, 2017
Read Soul Trio CD/LP/Track Review Soul Trio
by Anthony Shaw
Published: August 24, 2017
Read Second Act CD/LP/Track Review Second Act
by Mark Sullivan
Published: August 23, 2017
Read Imaga Mondo CD/LP/Track Review Imaga Mondo
by Troy Dostert
Published: August 23, 2017
Read "Invitation" CD/LP/Track Review Invitation
by Jack Bowers
Published: April 8, 2017
Read "December Songs" CD/LP/Track Review December Songs
by Mark Sullivan
Published: December 5, 2016
Read "Sounding Tears" CD/LP/Track Review Sounding Tears
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 16, 2017
Read "Out Of The Blue" CD/LP/Track Review Out Of The Blue
by Tyran Grillo
Published: November 4, 2016
Read "Sunrain" CD/LP/Track Review Sunrain
by Geno Thackara
Published: November 25, 2016
Read "My Scandinavian Blues: A Tribute To Horace Parlan" CD/LP/Track Review My Scandinavian Blues: A Tribute To Horace Parlan
by Chris Mosey
Published: November 8, 2016

Sponsor: JANA PROJECT | LEARN MORE  

Support our sponsor

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.