27 October 1934, San Francisco, California, USA. At the age of three Phillips was already giving solo song recitals. He studied romance languages at Berkeley and then moved to New York where he received double bass lessons from Frederick Zimmerman in the early 60s. In March and April 1963 he played with Eric Dolphy at Carnegie Hall, part of Gunther Schullers Twentieth-Century Innovations series, and from 1964 he was a member of Jimmy Giuffres revolutionary drumless trio. He worked with Hungarian guitarist Attila Zoller between 1965 and 1967 and also with Archie Shepp, playing on Shepps side of the famous New Thing At Newport and on one track of his classic On This Night. In 1969 he played in an orchestral project led by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, with the improvising band Gong (Magick Brother) and with Mike Westbrook. Increasingly involved with the European scene, he played with Rolf Kühn and Joachim Kühn (1969) and with English...