Sunday, December 24, 2017

Swinging with Flip Phillips

It is interesting that one of the selections in this Swinging With Flip album is entitled "Salute to Pres". Although Flip Phillips is not at all similar to Lester "Pres" Young in style or concept he certainly is aware of the debt all modern saxophonists owe to "Pres" —hence the title ; it's an original, of course, by Flip himself, one of two in this collection. The other Phillips original is "Blues for the Midgets" (and just where this title came from no one is quite sure). There is in the playing of Flip Phillips a genuine puckishess which might well be expressed in writing a blues for midgets (whose blues are no different than anyone else's). This is a major characteristic of the Phillips saxophone — the sense of fun behind it (well illustrated in another nicely titled song, Duke Ellington's "Cottontail") and the musicianlike way he expresses his fun. It is a varying thing, of course ; Flip can work an audience to a frenzy ; a minute later he can put them in a dreamy mood. It's all Flip, a variable fellow with a saxophone mood. He got his nickname mainly because he could make an audience "flip", which is to say grow ecstatic over his jump music, but he got his overall reputation by also being able to play some of the more beautiful passages in the Woody Herman Herd's early days. Joseph "Flip" Phillips is a native of Brooklyn, who started out as a clarinetist, ultimately switching to the tenor saxophone in 1942. Two years later he was making jazz history with the Herman Herd and following that he joined Norman Granz' touring Jazz at the Philharmonic, where he has remained to this day. No tenor saxophone can swing if he doesn't have a swinging rhythm section behind him — and Flip has one of the very best on these sides, including Oscar Peterson, Piano ; Barney Kessel, guitar ; Ray Brown, bass, and Buddy Rich, drums. Charlie Shavers, the trumpet ace, is also featured...
Peter Bölke, translated by Steven Dearman Clark (from the booklet)

Swinging with
Flip Phillips


1 If I Had You (Campbell, Connelly, Shapiro)  3:05
2 Cottontail (Ellington)  3:14
3 Blues for the Midgets (Phillips)  3:18
4 What is This Thing Called Love (Porter)  3:23
5 Singing in the Rain (Brown, Freed)  3:01
6 Gina (O'Farrel)  2:49
7 Goodbye (Jenkins)  3:38
8 Salute tu Pres (Phillips)  2:55
9 Swedish Pastry (Kessel)  3:20
10 Someone to Watch Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:10
11 I'm Putting All my Eggs in One Basket (Berlin)  3:01
12 Trio Boogie (Edna)  3:16


[# 1-4] Flip Phillips Sextet
Charlie Shavers - tp
Flip Phillips - ts
Oscar Peterson - p
Barney Kessel - g
Ray Brown - b
Alvin Stoller - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles ; March, 1952
[# 5, 6 10 & 11] Flip Phillips & His Orchestra
Al Porcino - tp
Bill Harris - tb
Charlie Kennedy - as
Plip Phillips - as
Cecil Payne - bs
Mickey Crane - p
Freddie Green - g
Clyde Lombardi - b
Max Roach - dr
Recorded in New York City ; March 21, 1952
[# 1-3]  Flip Phillips & His Orchestra
Allen Smith - tp
Charlie Etter - tb
Flip Phillips - ts
Jerome Richardson - bs
Richard Wyands - p
Vernon Alley - b
Earl Watkins - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles ; February, 1952
[# 12] Flip Phillips/Buddy Rich Trio
Flip Phillips - ts
Hank Jones - org
Buddy Rich - dr
Recorded in New York City ; December 14, 1952


ampay said...

Thank you.. great production!

Cri said...

Hi Mel, will somethink like a link follow?