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Robin is often asked which of his music is most true to him and which recordings to check out, so we’ve made a Robin Phillips Jazz discovery playlist on Spotify of the music he’s most proud of and feels is most indicative of him musically.
We hope you find some time to give it a play and that you enjoy it, especially during Lockdown.
To help with the Lockdown blues, Robin P-iano piano entertainer is doing live streams from the De Luca Piano Bar Facebook Page every Friday evening, 8-10pm.
Watchers can request songs and tip to get their request bumped up the playlist.
To celebrate the beginning of Spring, we have just released the first studio video from the recording sessions for Robin’s album, Re-Versed. And as it’s Spring, we thought the first video should be Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most.
The song was written by Tommy Wolff with lyrics by Fran Landesman. The track features Robin Phillips (vocals, piano, arrangements, producer), Brandon Allen (tenor saxophone), Jihad Darwish (upright bass), and Seb De Krom (drums). The song is featured on the Re-Versed album, which looks at the lost verses of the jazz standards. The album has received fantastic critical acclaim and Robin will be touring the album in Autumn ’20 / Spring ’21.
The song was recorded at the repmusic recording studio and was produced, mixed, mastered, and the video edit all done by Robin Phillips.
In 2019 Robin undertook the road trip of a lifetime, retracing the path of jazz and blues in America from Chicago down to New Orleans, on a Harley Davidson motorbike. The film coverage from this trip has become a documentary called ‘Back To The Source’.
The documentary was premiered at the Clarksdale Film Festival in Mississippi in January 2020. Whilst back in the US for the premiere, Robin filmed more footage for the final version of the film, including interviewing The Swampers bassist David Hood, and recording with the Dexter Allen Band from Jackson, Mississippi, in the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studio.
English jazz musician Robin Phillips retraces the path of jazz and blues in America, from Chicago to New Orleans, in a once-in-a-lifetime road trip on a Harley Davidson motorbike, to better understand the art form he has dedicated his life to. The full documentary includes road trip footage and pieces to camera, as well as interviews with John May (BBs Blues and Soups in St Louis), Bubba O’Keefe (Visit Clarksdale), Steve Melton (Muscle Shoals Sound Studio), Dexter Allen (Jackson blues musician), and James Martin (New Orleans jazz musician).
Co-directed by: Robin Phillips & Domininkas Zalys
Produced by: repmusic Ltd
Main footage and editing: Domininkas Zalys
Additional footage by: Robin Phillips, Marcus Stade, Stacey Dawson, Damian Glasfurd-Brown Copyright
(C) repmusic 2019
The second official music video from Robin’s new ‘Re-Versed’ album is now live and available to watch on YouTube.
The video features footage from Robin’s 2019 road trip of research and discovery from Chicago to New Orleans, on a Harley Davidson Street Glide motorbike. The vocal parts of the video were filmed at Sun Studios in Memphis, Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, ‘Robert Johnson’s crossroads’, and on Frenchmen Street in New Orleans. The trip will be featured in a documentary released in 2020.
Video produced by repmusic.
Videography and editing – Domininkas Zalys, Creative Onions
We’re so excited to announce the details for the launch event for the long-awaited new jazz album from Robin Phillips: ‘Re-Versed’.
The launch event will take place at legendary jazz club, Pizza Express Dean Street, in Soho, London, on Sat 30th November, at 1pm.
The new Re-Versed album has been two years in the making and focuses on the lost verses of the classic jazz standards. The event will feature: Robin Phillips (piano/vocals), Sammy Mayne (sax), Jihad Darwish (bass), and Matt Skelton (drums).
In researching ‘Re-versed’, Robin took on discovering many of the lost verses of the classic jazz standards, songs that everyone knows but with elements that have been lost over the course of time. These ‘sectional verses’ often came from when the song was part of a musical show, when these introductory sections were used to connect the spoken and sung parts of the show. However, these ‘verses’ also give great insight into the story of the song which follows and are interesting from a melodic point of view in their own right. Many of these ‘verses’ have been lost over time, it seems to be due to the restricted length of vinyl recordings, or perhaps the memories of musicians. Robin also made the decision to treat these lost verses as a ‘verse’, so in a many of the pieces on the album, the lost verse is returned to at another point in the song.
Robin holds a crowd with ease, bringing them in to his world with interesting points of reference to share his passion for the songs and the genre as a whole.
At the ‘Re-versed’ album launch, expect to hear a top-level swinging quartet, presenting a mix of swing and groove-based arrangements of songs that, whilst at first you may not instantly recognise them, will quickly reveal themselves to be songs you have known all your life.
We’re very excited to be returning to the PizzaExpress Live jazz club venue on Dean Street in London’s Soho to launch the new album. We decided to schedule the launch at lunch time to help people with families to attend, and also agreed that children can attend free* to hopefully enable the whole family to come and enable children to enjoy a jazz club event!
If you haven’t seen the new music video from the lead song from the album, As Time Goes By, click here to watch.
Please do come if you can!
* 5 – 16yrs, max. 2 children per paying adult
Here it is! The music video for the lead track from Robin’s upcoming new lost verses album: Re-Versed.
This beautiful video was shot on a beach at dawn and also features motorbike footage.
This album brings together years of research into the standards and their lost verses and also studio development, with every track recorded at the repmusic studio. The album was mixed and mastered by repmusic.
Album launch on 30 November in London, more details about that next week!
Musicians don’t make money from these endeavours but these videos do help us build our reputation and standing. Views are King so please watch and share the video on any of your social networks, and please also subscribe to the repmusic YouTube channel to see future videos first!
We’re delighted to share the title, concept, and front cover design for Robin’s upcoming new album: RE – VERSED
Robin explains more about the album’s concept:
For this album, I’ve selected a collection of jazz standards and reconnected them with their original ‘sectional verses’: the introductory sections that originally started the song, often connecting the spoken and sung parts from a musical number, and offering more insight into the story behind the main refrain.
These sections are often really interesting from a harmonic and melodic point of view, and whilst some remain a part of the song as performed today (such as Stardust), many ‘verses’ have been lost over time. My theory is that this may have been due to restrictions in vinyl recording time and also maybe due to the ability of musicians to recall the additional changes for a number, which ultimately was not the part of the song the audience would have been most keen to hear in a performance setting!
In selecting the songs for this album I tried to choose songs where I was drawn to both the verse and the refrain, felt like I could do something with the arrangement that would be new or interesting, and songs where both the verse is rarely played and the main refrain not over-played.. after spending a year or more unearthing lost verses, I ended up with the current selection on the album.
Something else I have done with the album is to not merely bolt on the verse to the beginning of the song, but treat it as a verse would be in most songs, sometimes returning to it after solos, or finishing off the song with it. I’ve also tried to do something interesting from an arrangement point of view, that adds to the song, not just deliver it in a colla voce (out of time – following the voice) manner..
We’re launching the lead track music video from the album in the next few weeks and will announce the launch event details soon.
We’re excited to announce the band that features on the new Robin Phillips album, ‘Re-Versed’.
The world-class musicians on the new Robin Phillips album were an honour to work with, and are:
Click the links above for studio clips from the musicians.
It was great to be able to get everyone together around gig schedules at the start of the year for a photoshoot, and thanks to Oriole Bar for hosting us.
Look out for some live performances with this cracking line-up to follow. If you are a venue feel free to drop us a line to discuss a performance.
Next week, we’re announcing details of the album concept, album name, and cover art..
Photography by: Tony Ellis Photography.co.uk