Mike Phillips - You have reached Mike Phillips
of saxophone have to celebrate a feast. Hidden Beach Records has
discovered a great talent: Mike
Phillips. His upcoming album will keep all promises. Mike began
his musical odyssey at the age of five in his native Mt. Vernon,
So the album starts with Next
Stop Mt. Vernon. Sounds of traffic and arrival.
Mike shows his sensibility in blowing the
sax on You Have Reached Mike Phillips - prelude.
Slow with accelerating runnings the intro soon ends.
You Have Reached Mike Phillips - accapella.
Is this Mike's daughter showing her skills?
Just One Take
is Mike's jump into hip-hop generation. Hard drum-programmed rhythms
are the starting point for his melodic excursion with some jazz
42nd St. Subway - reprise
is the underground reprise of Just On Take. Imagine you are running in
the tunnels to reach your tube passing the sax-blowing musician with
his hat placed in front of him. Some passers-by stop walking and are
clapping their hands.
Wind is rising up. Sounds
are wobbling in the air. A mind-loosing female voice is
In this unreal atmosphere
Mike is jamming along: A True Story - the
Funky bass and hip-hop
rhythm are the base on which Mike starts his first hit: Tonite.
A hooking melody for headboppers and dancers.
Beatin' On It starts
with a percussion thing of a beat-box. Rimshot and bassdrum are the
frame, Mike's chorus and lead sax the content. Mike knows to arrange
the brass section perfectly .
The slow grooving urban
contemporary Stop What Ya
Doin' combines scratching
and drum-programming. Above all Mike 's intriguing sax.
delivers some fine guitar and keyboards sounds, while the rhythm or
better the drum-machine adds nothing new.
Will You Stick With Me
is not a question but another fine smooth jazz track. Anew one can
discover Mike's mastership in playing and arranging.
Bass and vibes are introducing into the
nightview of the album. Did you ever heard the phone-tone as a rhythm?
Nice the muted trumpet as the accompany to Mike's sensitive sax: Love
Is A Drug.
More bass and guitar strings are sounding
on the slow Baby Calls. A male chorus is
singing the refrain in a mellow way.
A heartfiller is the love song When
It Comes To Loving Me. Although you might often heard this
R&B style, it's still charming and convincing.
Something about Maria,
a sweet precious love song keeps up the mood.
And Mike is very generous: Wonder &
Special a further vocal song has a high hooking potential.
Without any doubt recommendable for radio stations and compilations.
Last tune is
You Have Reached Mike Phillips. Mike
plays on this track lead sax and a wonderful sax arrangement. Don't
stop the album to soon, there are some surprising follow ups.
In the last three years I have listened to
hundreds of albums with the saxophone as the leading instrument. After
some time symptoms of fatigue occured depending of the monotony of
some smooth jazz albums. Mike's album is something special. He is
awakening my appetite for sax melodies again.