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Devin Phillips: Wade In The Water

by Devin Phillips

Phillips mixes up a big jolt of youthful, wall-socket electricity with an old-school, take-no-prisoners bebop aesthetic that is both righteous and compelling.
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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1. Cape Verde
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2. Wade in the Water
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3. Steepe's Mode
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4. My Woman's Blues
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5. Destine's Dream
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6. To Alpha With Love
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7. The Great M.t.
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8. Just One of Those Things
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9. Frenchmen Street Strut
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10. Slow Blues
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11. The Ballad of Chet Kincaid
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Devin Phillips
Saxophonist & Recording Artist


Born and reared in New Orleans, the cradle of jazz, and an evacuee from Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Devin Phillips’ intense affair with the saxophone began at the age of eight. At 14, he was accepted into the prestigious New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, whose alumni include Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr. and Nicholas Payton. There, trained in music theory and multi-styles composition, he graduated in 2000 with top honors.

Performing, touring and recording with top jazz artists, such as Wynton Marsalis, Eddie Palmieri, The Headhunters, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, musician Lenny Kravitz, and Los Hombres Caliente (with whom he recorded two award-winning albums) soon followed. His reputation as a sax man with intricate and rhythmically innovative sounds made him a popular feature at jazz festivals: France’s Jazz de Vien Festival; Tokyo’s JVC Jazz Festival; Itanbul’s The Ruins; Spain’s Barcelona Jazz Festival; the Netherlands’ North Sea Jazz and the New Orleans Jazz Festival.

In 2005, Phillips formed New Orleans Straight Ahead. But in August, Hurricane Katrina muted the music. With all gone, save his sax, and his family scattered throughout the U.S., Phillips evacuated to Portland and reformed New Orleans Straight Ahead with other musician evacuees. Since opening the 2006 Portland Jazz Festival, his signature sound has not only been featured on KMHD-FM jazz radio specials and Northwest festivals, but also in newspaper and magazine articles, as well as online articles. Phillips is one of the headline acts of the 2007 Portland Jazz Festival.

Phillips also heads up a second band with strong connections to the New Orleans party sound. Notably a funk ensemble, the Devin Phillips Band, Phillips, is a five-to-six piece jazz funk group that performs music from Professor Longhair to the Headhunters.

His debut album with New Orleans Straight Ahead “Devin Phillips: Wade in the Water" is now out and available on cdbaby.com. Featuring six originals, four standards and two traditional numbers, the CD, also offers a cool video of the title cut. Notes Tim Duroche of the awarding-winning newspaper Willamette Week, the album "showcases his suave dynamics of musicality, showmanship and swagger - as noted in the tradition of jazz's cradle as it is caged in frenzied, jazz modernity."

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Patrick Vernon

Love the band, heard them live
Devin Phillips and New Orleans Straight Ahead are fantastic on the CD and even better live. The love and fun they have for the music is something I will remember from seeing them in concert on my trip to D.C. Keep it up guys!

Richard Winkelman

Devon Phillips-Wade In The water
Would love to hear the C-D but I never received the C-D in the mail.!!!

MMD


I love every cut..I listen to it at least once a day and have raved about it to others. When is he coming to Detroit??

Mike Leisenbach

A good mix of old and new music, energetic and intense.
As a sax player, what I treasure the most is the 'sound'. It's what originally attracted me to the instrument and it was the first thing that hit me on this CD. A great, big, fat sound! I love it. And then I checked out the liner notes and saw that old King Zephyr and understood; a great sounding horn used well. Also, I think that the song selection is very good and the first two really depict the fury of Katrina. The tunes he wrote are well conceived and executed and seem to have a personal meaning to him.

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's Nawlins
I have been listening to Devin Phillips on KMHD,
hope to see him live in August. If you like, Shepp,Dolphy, Nelson, Dexter or any other Sax player of equal stature, you will love Devin Phillips.