Oct 2020: Robin’s ‘Back To The Source’ jazz documentary in ‘Doc N Roll’ film festival

We are delighted to announce that our movie (full version – final edit) will get its world premiere in a few weeks as part of the London Doc’n Roll Film Festival!

The movie follows English jazz musician Robin Phillips on the road trip of a lifetime, reversing the journey of jazz and blues in the USA back to their sources, from Chicago via St Louis, Nashville, Memphis, Clarksdale, Jackson MS, the Mississippi Delta and finishing in New Orleans, on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle; listening and sitting in at gigs, recording at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, and interviewing various people on the way giving a unique insight into the places visited and their place in music history.

People in the UK will be able to watch our movie through the festival’s VOD channel, from 7pm 8th November, until 15th November, with pre-order available now! £5 and only available to people in the UK.

The movie was made by repmusic in collaboration with Creative Onions.

Click here to visit the ‘Doc N Roll’ film festival page about the documentary and to pre-book!

Click here to visit the ‘Back To The Source’ film’s facebook page.

March 2020: New studio video from Re-Versed album

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.

Click here to watch the video on YouTube.

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.

Click here for more information of Robin Phillips and the new Re-Versed album, including links to reviews and other tracks and videos from the album.

Jan 2020: Music Road Trip Documentary & US Premiere

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.

Click here to visit the Facebook page dedicated to the documentary and follow the journey of this film as it makes its way into the public domain in 2020.

Click here to see the film’s trailer on YouTube.

Film blurb:

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

Nov ’19: Time After Time Music Video Now Live

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.

Click here to see the video on YouTube.

Click here for more information on Robin and the ‘Re-Versed’ album.

Video produced by repmusic.

Videography and editing – Domininkas Zalys, Creative Onions

Oct ’19: New Album Launch At Pizza Express Dean Street Jazz Club, London, 30 Nov

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. 

Click here to see the launch details or purchase tickets to the event.

Please do come if you can!

* 5 – 16yrs, max. 2 children per paying adult

Oct ’19: Robin Sings Harry At The Cambridge Jazz Festival 2019

We’re delighted to be offering another of Robin Phillips Sings & Plays programmes in the 2019 Cambridge Jazz Festival, this time Robin will be performing his programme of songs from Harry Connick jr during his 1989-1999 period. Once again offering the fantastic opportunity to enjoy a two-course Cotto menu before the performance, as well as a ticket-only option.

Thursday 21st November at The Gonville Hotel in Cambridge:
Dinner (optional): 6:30 – 8pm
Performance Time: 8 – 10pm
Tickets (concert only): £13.50 + booking fee
Tickets (concert + dinner): £45 + booking fee

Click here for tickets and more information.

Oct ’19: New Music Video From Album Lead Track

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!

 

Sept ’19: New Album Concept & Cover Art

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.