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Flip Phillips - The Clef Years - Classic Albums 1952-56

Flip Phillips - The Clef Years - Classic Albums 1952-56

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Flip Phillips was a tenor saxophonist who came to the fore in the post-war era playing with the bands of Woody Herman, Red Norvo, Benny Goodman and Frankie Newton.

Born on 26 March 1915 in New York, Phillips started out playing clarinet in a Brooklyn restaurant during the 1930s, before becoming a celebrated saxophonist playing a variety of genres, including mainstream jazz, swing, and jump blues. He was perhaps most famously associated with Norman Granz’s Jazz At The Philharmonic concerts in the late 1940s and, in the early 1950s, he recorded a string of sessions for Norman Granz. Phillips can be heard leading groups that comprised many different line-ups, with most of the titles coming out a succession of albums on Granz’s Clef label during this era.

This 58-track  collection includes most of the titles he recorded for Granz at these sessions. The numbers are presented in the order and format they were released on the albums Flip Phillips Quartet, Flip Phillips Collates Vols.1 & 2, Jumping Moods, Flip Phillips & Buddy Rich Trio, Flip Phillips Quintet (Rock With Flip), and Flip Wails, Swingin’ With Flip Phillips and Flip. It features performances with some of the great names of the era, including: Oscar Peterson, Charlie Shavers, Barney Kessel, Ray Brown, Howard McGhee, Alvin Stoller, Buddy Rich, Hank Jones, Herb Ellis, Freddie Green and Max Roach. Plus, as a bonus, it includes a ‘live’ jam session version of Stompin’ At The Savoy Pt.1.

Phillips died in August 2001, in Florida, at the age of 86. This 3CD set offers a great showcase for Flip Phillips at probably the zenith of his career.


Disc 1
Track Title Artist
1 Lover Flip Phillips Quartet
2 Don't Take Your Love From Me Flip Phillips Quartet
3 Lover Come Back To Me Flip Phillips Quartet
4 The Blue Room Flip Phillips Quartet
5 Flip's Boogie Flip Phillips Quartet
6 Feelin' The Blues Flip Phillips Quartet
7 Cake  Flip Phillips/Howard McGhee Boptet
8 Cool  Flip Phillips/Howard McGhee Boptet
9 Znarg Blues  Flip Phillips/Howard McGhee Boptet
10 My Old Flame  Flip Phillips/Howard McGhee Boptet
11 This Can't Be Love  Flip Phillips/Howard McGhee Boptet
12 Cheek To Cheek Flip Phillips Quintet
13 By The Lazy River Flip Phillips And His Orchestra
14 Cookie Flip Phillips Septet
15 Broadway Flip Phillips Quintet
16 Dream A Little Dream Of Me Flip Phillips Septet
17 I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm Flip Phillips Quintet
18 Be Be Flip Phillips Septet
19 Apple Honey Flip Phillips Quintet
20 Drowsy Flip Phillips Quartet
21 But Beautiful Flip Phillips Quartet
22 Vortex Flip Phillips Quartet
Disc 2
Track Title Artist
1 Cottontail Flip Phillips Sextet
2 Blues For The Midgets Flip Phillips Sextet
3 If I Had You Flip Phillips Sextet
4 What Is This Thing Called Love Flip Phillips Sextet
5 Singing In The Rain Flip Phillips Nonet
6 Someone To Watch Over Me Flip Phillips Nonet
7 I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket Flip Phillips Nonet
8 Gina Flip Phillips Nonet
9 Funky Blues Flip Phillips Quintet
10 Indiana Flip Phillips Quintet
11 Stardust Flip Phillips Quintet
12 Goodbye Flip Phillips Septet
13 Salute To Pres Flip Phillips Septet
14 Swedish Pastry Flip Phillips Septet
15 The Carioca Flip Phillips/Buddy Rich Trio
16 Three Little Words Flip Phillips/Buddy Rich Trio
17 Bugle Call Rag Flip Phillips/Buddy Rich Trio
18 Sleepyhead Flip Phillips/Buddy Rich Trio
19 Take The 'A' Train Flip Phillips/Buddy Rich Trio
20 Didn't Know What Time It Was Flip Phillips/Buddy Rich Trio
21 Trio Boogie Flip Phillips/Buddy Rich Trio
22 Almost Like Being In Love Flip Phillips Quintet
Disc 3
Track Title Artist
1 Singing The Blues Flip Phillips Quintet
2 All Of Me Flip Phillips Quintet
3 I'll Never Be The Same Flip Phillips Quintet
4 Lemon Aid 21 Flip Phillips Quintet
5 Birth Of The Blues Flip Phillips Quintet
6 I've Got The World On A String Flip Phillips Quintet
7 Lady's In Love With You Flip Phillips Quintet
8 Bright Blues Flip Phillips Septet
9 Sojoro Flip Phillips Quintet
10 Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams Flip Phillips Quintet
11 Long Island Boogie Flip Phillips Quintet
12 Swingin' For Julie And Brownie Flip Phillips And His Orchestra
13 Milano Flip Phillips Quartet
14 Stompin' At The Savoy Pt. 1 Norman Granz Jam Session
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