Flip Philips became a star when he was still a soloist with Woody Herman's Herd in the mid '40s (he toured with jazz at the Philharmonic and his solos were met with wild applause). Equally adept at performing ballads, standards, and more jazz-inflected tunes, Philips does spectacularly well by all of them on this compact disc.
Taped not far from his home in sunny Florida in 1963, this rare example of Flip Philips recording as a leader during a 19-year hiatus that began in 1955 was initially released in May of 1963 as Flip in Florida, was reissued in 1965 as Flip Philips Revisited (Sue 1035), issued again in 1975 (Onyx 214), and then resurfaced on CD in 1996 (Collectables 5719). Philips, a Lester Young/Ben Webster-inspired improviser who also at times emulated Illinois Jacquet and Arnett Cobb, is heard on both tenor sax and the bass clarinet, an instrument he hadn't used before in a recording studio. The selection of titles traces an arc from the '20s to the '60s, with melodies composed by Maceo Pinkard, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Django Reinhardt, Cootie Williams, Thelonious Monk and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Like most studio recordings by Philips, this is pure delight and is guaranteed to soothe the nerves and warm the hearts of all who take the time to listen. ~ arwulf arwulf
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