Robin Phillips (UK jazz singer and pianist)
Emerging as one of the UK’s leading jazz singer pianists, Robin Phillips is a singer / pianist absolutely committed to both disciplines, both as independent art-forms but also bringing them together to form a unique partnership between voice and hands.
He has a thirst for learning and discovering which has lead him to become a knowledgeable and well-versed jazz musician whose passionate performances are as informative as they are engaging and entertaining.
In ensemble format, his energetic piano trio harks back to a golden age of jazz, but their arrangements have a distinctly modern edge; committed to the past but drawing on modern influences to create a fresh approach to their jazz repertoire.
In November 2019, Robin launched his latest album, Re-Versed, at the Pizza Express Dean Street Jazz Club, in London’s Soho, featuring world-class jazz musicians and taking on the concept of the ‘lost verses’, the introductory sections of the classic jazz standards that have been lost over time.
The album features Robin alongside Brandon Allen (tenor sax), Sammy Mayne (alto sax), Jihad Darwish (bass), and Seb De Krom (drums).
Listen to an extended interview Robin did in December 2019 with Darren Harper of Jazz Matters about the new Re-Versed album:
Below is an extended interview Robin did with The Jazz Podcast, first broadcast in February 2020:
In 2014 Robin turned heads with his King Pleasure-inspired vocalese album with guests including Ian Shaw and Anita Wardell. On the album Robin played as well as sang the collection of vocalese solos and he included two new vocalese lyrics to improvised creations by Jon Hendricks and Chet Baker.
Inspired by singer / instrumentalists such as Chet Baker, Nat King Cole, Harry Connick Jr, and Bob Dorough, but also jazz vocalists such as Mark Murphy, King Pleasure, Mel Torme and Jon Hendricks, his current passion is unearthing the lost sectional verse introductions to many of the classic jazz standards. He is currently working on a new album comprised of this material.
He has performed at venues including Ronnie Scotts, Pizza Express Dean Street and The Pheasantry venues, the 100 Club, the 606 Club, all three Boisdale jazz clubs, the Hippodrome and a range of regional jazz clubs.
– Robin Phillips Trio / Quartet (generic)
– Robin Phillips Sings & Plays: Verses & Vocalese
– Robin Phillips Sings & Plays: Chet Baker
“One of the capital’s leading jazz singer / pianists” The Musician magazine 2014
“Well Done, Well Sung!.. You show great taste and discretion in this entire compilation…” Jon Hendricks (jazz singing legend), 2014
“Excellent singer/pianist..Robin’s arrangements and interpretation were fresh and very interesting… an excellent voice, big range, lots of depth, and a wonderful feel for the story of a song. His piano playing is first class.” Fleece Jazz review, 2015
“This trio are pure class. An informative, entertaining evening of vocal standards all played in a style created by three sophisticated musicians who are perfectly in tune with each other. For all of the second set the atmosphere was quite magical!” Annie’s Jazz review, 2015
“A voyage of discovery through an exemplary execution of jazz standards… he brings an effortless deftness to each of the songs chosen, sounding at times just like Chet Baker or Mose Allison…” LondonJazz album review 2014
“The hardworkin’est, boppin’est band around..piano-led jazz with an edge.. a powerful [band] with talent to spare.” Cambridge Modern Jazz, 2013
“..that rare individual – the young vocalist who harks back to a golden age of vocalists… [but] whilst the roots of his art are there and obvious to hear, he tries to bring something new to the genre…a refreshing glimpse of one of our better young vocalists” Barry Clare, Just Jazz magazine, 2011
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