Thursday, January 19, 2017

Flip Phillips - Complete 1947-1951 Verve Master Takes

Born Joseph Edward Filippelli in 1915 in New York, tenor saxophonist Flip Phillips began his career in 1934 as a professional musician playing clarinet in a restaurant band. ln 1940 he joined Frankie Newton's band and performed alongside Benny Goodman, Wingy Manone and Red Norvo. Phillips made his initial breakthrough in 1944 when Woody Herman invited him to replace Vido Musso in the First Herd. Even if the saxophonist was at first reluctant to give up the security of his job with the Russ Morgan orchestra, Herman was persuasive enough and Phillips went on to spend two years in the Herman organization, where he became a frequently featured soloist, both in the big band and in The Woodchoppers (Herman's smaller recording group). Phillips’ raw, exciting style soon earned him a reputation as a performer to watch. In his playing, Phillips displayed a warm sound most influenced by Ben Webster and performed in a fierce, honking style related to the Rhythm ‘n’ Blues tradition, in a manner not dissimilar to that of other demonstrative tenormen of the day, men such as Charlie Ventura or Illinois Jacquet. After producer Norman Granz hired him for an early lazz at the Philharmonic tour in 1946, Phillips became a stalwart of JATP for almost a dozen years, being completely at home in the showy, hard-blowing environment characteristic of the Granz revue. Frequently featured against such distinguished competitors as Charlie Parker or Lester Young, Phillips’ most famous feature usually was his honking, extroverted solo on Perdido (the 1947 JATP waxing of that Ellington number being the best known example of his style). Even if critics often disdained Phillips’ sensational, crowd-pleasing onstage antics, it is a fact that studio recordings of that era feature him as an extraordinary ballad performer. Away from the somewhat rarefied atmosphere of JATP, Phillips proved capable of sensitive, reflective playing, particularly in small group settings alongside musicians such as trombonist Bill Harris (his close musical associate for years), trumpeter Howard “Maggie” McGhee, pianist Hank Jones or bassist Ray Brown...


This Definitive edition gathers the complete studio recordings waxed by Flip Phillips for Norman Granz’ Verve label during 1947-I951. At a time when Phillips had already become a star of the JATP revue, these recordings showcase him in an entirely different environment, playing in small to medium group settings while frequently displaying his little-publicized talent for the ballads and mid-tempos. Aided by top-rank performers such as trumpeter Howard McGhee, trombonists Kai Winding or Bennie Green, pianist Hank Jones, bassist Ray Brown and drummers Shelly Manne, Max Roach or lo Jones, Flip sounded better than ever in these crucial studio dates.
Antonio Padilla, from the booklet

Flip Phillips
Verve Master Takes


Cd. 1

1 Cake (McGhee)  3:02
2 Znarg Blues (Phillips)  3:02
3 My Old Flame (Johnston, Coslow)  2:56
4 Cool Listen (McGhee)  2:50
5 Put That Back (Phillips)  3:35
6 Lazy River (Carmichael, Arodin)  3:08
7 Flip's Idea (Phillips)  2:42
8 This Can't Be Love (Rodgers, Hart)  2:54
9 Cookie (Phillips)  2:55
10 Two By Four (Turk)  3:19
11 Bye Bye Blues (Hamm, Bennett, Lown, Gray)  2:45
12 Encore (Turk)  3:07
13 The Beat (Turk)  3:38
14 Drowsy (Phillips)  3:19
15 Vortex (Phillips)  2:51
16 Milano (Phillips)  3:36
17 But Beautiful (Burke, VanHeusen)  3:32
18 Lover (Rodgers, Hart)  3:15


Cd. 2

1 Don't Take Your Love From Me (Nemo)  3:32
2 Flip's Boogie (Phillips)  3:40
3 Flippin' The Blues (Phillips)  3:51
4 Lover Come Back To Me (Hammerstein, Romberg)  3:18
5 Blue Room (Rodgers, Hart)  2:39
6 Be Be (Phillips)  3:07
7 Dream A Little Dream Of Me (Andre, Jahn, Schwandt)  3:28
8 Bright Blues (Phillips)  2:59
9 Cheek To Cheek (Berlin)  3:25
10 Funky Blues (Hodges)  3:08
11 I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm (Berlin)  3:04
12 Indiana (Hanley, MacDonald)  3:02
13 Broadway (Wood, McRay, Bird)  2:48
14 Sojoro (Phillips)  3:26
15 Apple Honey (Herman)  2:53
16 Wrap Your Troubles Up in Dreams (Barrs, Koehler, Moll)  2:53
17 Long Island Boogie (Phillips)  3:01
18 Stardust (Carmichael, Parish)  3:06


[Cd. 1, # 1-4] Flip Phillips/Howard McGhee Boptet
Howard McGhee - tp [except # 3]
Flip Phillips - ts
Hank Jones - p
Ray Brown - b
J.C. Heard - dr
Recorded in New York City ; September/October 1947
[Cd. 1, # 5-7] Flip Phillips & His Orchestra
John D'Agostino, Buddy Morrow, Tommy Turk, Kai Winding - tb
Sonny Criss - as [except # 6]
Flip Phillips - ts
Mickey Crane - p
Ray Brown - b
Shelly Manne - dr
Recorded in New York City ; February, 1949
[Cd. 1, # 8-9]
Billy Butterfield - tp
Bennie Green - tb
Pete Mondello - as
Flip Phillips - ts
Mickey Crane - p
Sam Bruno - b
Max Roach - dr
Recorded in New York City ; August 28, 1949
[Cd. 1, # 10-13] Tommy Turk & His Orchestra
Leonard Hawkins - tp
Tommy Turk - tp
Frank Rosolino - tb
Flip Phillips - ts
Cecil Payne - bs
Mickey Crane - p
Ray Brown - b
Buddy Rich - dr
Recorded in New York City ; December 1, 1949
[Cd. 1, # 14-17] Flip Phillips Quartet
Flip Phillips - ts
Mickey Crane - p
Ray Brown - b
Jo Jones - dr
Recorded in New York City ; December 5, 1949
[Cd. 1, # 18 ; Cd. 2, # 1-5]
Flip Phillips - ts
Hank Jones - p
Ray Brown - b
Buddy Rich - dr
Recorded in New York City ; prob. March, 1950
[Cd. 2, # 6-8] Flip Phillips & His Orchestra
Same as above, except
Harry Edison - tp
Bill Harris - tb
Billy Bauer - g
are added
Recorded in New York City ; July 1, 1950
[Cd. 2, # 9-12] Flip Phillips Quintet
Bill Harris - tb
Flip Phillips - ts
Dick Hyman - p
Gene Ramey - b
Jo Jones - dr
Recorded in New York City ; March, 1951
[Cd. 2, # 13-18]
Bill Harris - tb
Flip Phillips - ts
Lou Levy - p
Jimmy Woode - b & vcl [# 16]
Joe McDonald - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles ; August 9, 1951


Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Marvelous! Thank you.

Scoredaddy said...

thank you Mel!!

hepcat said...

Thank you very much!

Grover Gardner said...

Super, thank you!

neil said...

Wow! Now here's one that's been worth waiting for; many thanks, mel...

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Awesome Mel!

daniel genovese said...

Thank you.

rubingould said...

Thank you, Mel!

adakun said...

Muchas gracias Mell!!

Historicus said...
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Historicus said...

Thanks a lot!!!

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Fred Archtop said...

That's a great great post. Thanks a lot Mel.

sep troelstra said...

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Thanks Mel!Many thanks!!

wcpaeb said...

Thanks Mel.
I only have the New Orbits in Sound LP on GNP so tracks 19-22

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you very much Mel!