Robin Phillips (featured on this blog in 2018) once again delivers upbeat, fresh music even while re-visiting the past with his new album “Re-Versed.” The UK-based singer and pianist has selected some of the best jazz standards ever and adds a new layer of affection that gives fans more to love.
His voice has its own unique timbre and weaving through the backdrop of some killer drums and a deep, reedy sax makes “Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most” a fun and swinging time. A thoughtful take on “These Foolish Things” is proof positive of a master of phrasing and “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” crescendos thematically with a sweeping feeling of joy. He hand-crafts “You Can’t Take That Away from Me” with an unexpected blues feel that the sax gleefully grabs and runs away with. Phillips and the sax have a spirited game of catch throughout the song that keeps it movin’ and groovin’.
“Jazz suits me down to the ground,” he’s said, and here, it shows.
Find the new CD here: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/robinphillips5.
For more information, visit www.repmusic.co.uk.