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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Mike Phillips' second album is a bit more relaxed than his first, but it doesn't differ in any major way from that contemporary jazz release. Once again, Phillips works with a series of writer/producer types Travon Potts, "JR" Hutson, Gary Haase, Jerry Barnes, Janek Gwizdala, Ivan Dup?e, Rex Rideout who specialize in creating rhythmic, percussive instrumental tracks on their synthesizers and computers, adding in an electric guitar part here, an organ fill there, and who could just as easily be working for Beyonc?. Phillips then solos on his saxophone over the track. That soloing is often quite inventive; he is not content simply to create and follow a simple, soothing ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Mike Phillips' second album is a bit more relaxed than his first, but it doesn't differ in any major way from that contemporary jazz release. Once again, Phillips works with a series of writer/producer types Travon Potts, "JR" Hutson, Gary Haase, Jerry Barnes, Janek Gwizdala, Ivan Dupée, Rex Rideout who specialize in creating rhythmic, percussive instrumental tracks on their synthesizers and computers, adding in an electric guitar part here, an organ fill there, and who could just as easily be working for Beyoncé. Phillips then solos on his saxophone over the track. That soloing is often quite inventive; he is not content simply to create and follow a simple, soothing melodic line like some of his competitors, preferring to dig in and wail or burble expressively, though, as ever, he is doing so essentially in a vacuum, since the prerecorded background just goes on endlessly regardless of his playing. Hidden Beach label head Steve McKeever, who produced and arranged a cover of Frankie Beverly's 1983 Maze hit "We Are One" for the disc, likes to write liner notes to each of his releases to muse about some aspect of the music business that interests him. This time, he talks about the ways that performances can be "fixed" in the digital environment after being recorded, and insists that Phillips resists the temptation to make such corrections. So, this is what authenticity has come to mean in jazz in the early 21st century, a saxophonist who refuses to smooth out the wave forms of his solos!
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/26/2005
  • Label: Hidden Beach
  • UPC: 766922749921
  • Catalog Number: 27499

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Once Again Mike Phillips (Interlude) (0:45)
  2. 2 Uncommon Denominator (3:29)
  3. 3 Crazy (5:14)
  4. 4 Heartbeat of the City (4:14)
  5. 5 It If Takes All Night (4:43)
  6. 6 Minnie (4:17)
  7. 7 G-Money (3:10)
  8. 8 Don't Panic (3:41)
  9. 9 We Are One (6:57)
  10. 10 Fiesta (4:16)
  11. 11 86th & Broadway (4:41)
  12. 12 Uptown on a Saturday Night (4:12)
  13. 13 Flow (4:01)
  14. 14 Brent's Bounce (3:32)
  15. 15 If U Had a Heart (4:53)
  16. 16 Mike & Michaella (Interlude) (1:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mike Phillips Primary Artist, Saxophone
Dwight Sills Guitar
Jeff Lorber Guitar, Drums, Keyboards, Overdubs
Marlon McClain Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Sekou Bunch Bass
Jerry Barnes Bass, Percussion, Background Vocals
Brant Biles Rhythm Guitar
Gary Haase Bass, Guitar, Drums, Various
Ron King Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Steve McKeever Overdubs
Richard Patterson Bass, Bass Guitar
Travon Potts Various
Rex Rideout Keyboards
Paul Wertico Percussion
Michael White Drums
George Whitty Strings, Keyboards
Jeff Byrd Percussion
Al Willis Electric Guitar
Carl Burnett Acoustic Guitar
Sherrod Barnes Guitar
Ivan Dupée Organ
Trina Powell Vocals
Shawn Hibbler Synthesizer
Khari Parker Drums
Keenan Pryor Vocals
Gus Rickette Vocals
Kareem Wells Vocals
Selan Lerner Keyboards
Bennett Paysinger fender rhodes
Janek Gwizdala Bass, Drums, Keyboards
J.R. Hutson Guitar, Drums, Keyboards
Jonathan Pierre Percussion, Vocals
Brandon Coleman Organ, Synthesizer, fender rhodes
Tandria Potts Vocals
Joel Whitely Guitar
Bennet Paysinger fender rhodes
Technical Credits
Dwight Sills Composer
Jeff Lorber Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Ed Perkins Groomer
Jerry Barnes Composer, Producer
Frankie Beverly Composer
Brant Biles Mastering, Guitar Engineer
Gary Haase Composer, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production, Instrumentation
Steve McKeever Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Dennis Moody Engineer
Travon Potts Composer, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production, Instrumentation
Rex Rideout Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
George Whitty Engineer
Hooshik Bayliss Art Direction
Aya Takemura Engineer
Sherrod Barnes Composer
Ivan Dupée Programming, Producer, Engineer
Donald Parker Engineer
Mike Phillips Composer
Trina Powell Composer
Bruce Flowers Composer
Brian Montgomery Digital Editing
Shawn Hibbler Composer, Programming
Gus Rickette Composer
Charles Whitfield Executive Producer
Nicolas Fournier Engineer
Janek Gwizdala Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
J.R. Hutson Programming, Audio Production
Lee Hutson Jr. Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    This CD is HOT!!!!!

    outsatnding one of the best CDs I have, no it the best of all times!!!

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