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Barre Phillips (born October 27, 1934 in San Francisco, California) is a jazz and free improvisation bassist. A professional musician since 1960, he migrated to New York City in 1962, then to Europe in 1967.[1] Since 1972 he has been based in southern France. He studied briefly in 1959 with S. Charles Siani, Assistant Principal Bassist with the San Francisco Symphony During the 1960s he recorded with (among others) Eric Dolphy, Jimmy Giuffre, Archie Shepp, Attila Zoller, Lee Konitz and Marion Brown.[1] Phillips' 1968 recording of solo bass improvisations, issued as Journal Violone in the USA, Unaccompanied Barre in England, and Basse Barre in France, is generally credited as the first solo bass record

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Mike Westbrook Concert Band: Marching Song Volumes 1 & 2 Plus Bonus Tracks

Read "Marching Song Volumes 1 & 2 Plus Bonus Tracks" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini


Mike Westbrook, pianista e soprattutto direttore di orchestra, è nato il 21 marzo del 1936 a High Wycombe, 50 chilometri a nord-ovest di Londra. Dapprima tentato dalla Art School di Plymouth, si dedica poi con decisione alla musica, dalla fine degli anni cinquanta. Nel 1958 forma la sua prima band per la quale gli capita di ...

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WE3: WE3

Read "WE3" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Ispirata a The Trio, storica formazione degli anni Settanta composta da John Surman, Barre Phillips e Stu Martin, WE3 ne riprende la strumentazione e ne aggiorna lo spirito in composizioni perlopiù originali, traendole in questo disco da un'esibizione dal vivo.La formazione vede all'opera Francesco Chiapperini alle ance e al sintetizzatore, Luca Pissavini al violone ...

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Roberto Zorzi: esplorazione senza confini

Read "Roberto Zorzi: esplorazione senza confini" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Il percorso musicale del chitarrista Roberto Zorzi è così ricco ed eclettico che è impossibile includerlo in un particolare genere musicale. L'iniziale amore per visionari artisti rock come Robert Fripp e Brian Eno s'è arricchito nel tempo di approcci, tanto liberi quanto anticonvenzionali, di Derek Bailey e altri esponenti dell'avanguardia inglese degli anni settanta. La ricerca ...

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We Met - And Then

Label: Relative Pitch Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: And Then; Zero Tolerance; Chaudron Profond; Traveling; Vivid Inkling; We Met.

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Marc Johnson: Overpass

Read "Overpass" reviewed by Mario Calvitti


I dischi di solo contrabbasso non sono così frequenti come quelli di altri strumenti che maggiormente si prestano a essere suonati senza accompagnamento, ma nel catalogo ECM ne sono presenti diversi fin dai primi anni di vita dell'etichetta, dovuti soprattutto a Barre Phillips e Dave Holland (presenti anche con un duo), oltre che a Eberhard Weber, ...

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Barry Guy: Irvin's Comet

Read "Irvin's Comet" reviewed by John Sharpe


Unaccompanied might just be the best format in which to appreciate British bassist Barry Guy's playing. This way there are no distractions, no other virtuosi vying for attention. That is often an issue. Although his discography contains occasional solo dates, they are far outnumbered by the entries for the trio with saxophonist Evan Parker and drummer ...

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Phillips, Butcher, Solberg: We Met - And Then

Read "We Met - And Then" reviewed by John Sharpe


Sometimes three is a crowd, but when the company is as empathetic and welcoming as the fertile established partnership of British saxophonist John Butcher and Swedish percussionist Ståle Liavik Solberg, then the addition of veteran American bassist Barre Phillips serves as more of a benediction. Butcher and Solberg only came together in 2015, but ...

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Dave Holland: More Than Just Notes

Read "Dave Holland: More Than Just Notes" reviewed by Ian Patterson


The creative juices, if not the hunger, desert many artists as they advance in years. Repetition and mediocrity—a blunting of the sword— can creep in, while past glories are often left to provide the kindling for flames that never quite catch. Such charges could never be levelled at English bassist Dave Holland, who turns seventy-five in ...

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The Pandemic Sessions: Solos, Part 2

Read "The Pandemic Sessions: Solos, Part 2" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Part 1 | Part 2 The entire world was in lockdown during the COVID-19 crisis, and of course, that included musicians. Unable to tour and record with their various ensembles, many artists prepared solo projects (some recorded before the virus struck). Most of the music is very personal, as if the artists are asking ...


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