NEWS!!! "Live Japan/Alone Together" by Phil Sheeran and Leon Bisquera voted best live album of 2008! – by "Sound of the Breeze" Nozomi Tsutsui's radio show in Japan.
Recorded from a live concert at Club IKSPIARI, Tokyo - Japan on May 11, 2006 with Phil Sheeran and pianist Leon Bisquera (Anita Baker, Boney James, Gary Wright, Chaka Khan, Gabor Szabo) This is a great CD for putting on around the house or entertaining with friends and a glass of wine.
Leon and Phil have a real chemistry when they perform together and it was
certainly captured at this magical concert in Japan. " We were just two
jazz musicians on stage flying by the seat of our pants... going for it, without a safety net,
there were lots of surprises and a few near misses that made things really exciting"
says Phil about the concert.
Featuring a brand new Sheeran original Catalina Americana and many songs from Phil's other CDs. "Leon and I included songs from guitarists and pianists that were influential to our musical development." Listen to our versions of these contemporary classics - Earl Klugh -Dr. Macumba, Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays - James, Herbie Hancock - Cantaloupe Island and the fiery Spain by Chick Corea
Phil Sheeran - guitars
Leon Bisquera - Piano
Running Time: 79:57
Phil Sheeran has established himself as a guitarist and composer with the national international release of his eight CD's Breaking Through, Standing on Fishes, It's A Good Thing, Orchid, The Marc Anthony Latin Guitar Tribute, plus two holiday albums, I'll Be Home For Christmas and his new holiday release; The First Noel. Also new from Sheeran this year is LIVE JAPAN, Alone Together – a new live duo CD featuring Phil in concert with pianist Leon Bisquera.
Phil's albums have hit #17 on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz and charted top 5 in the nation for air-play on contemporary jazz and New Adult Contemporary stations. Phil has performed on the same bill as the Rippingtons, David Benoit, Richard Elliott, Michael Tomlinson, Danny O'Keef and Tom Grant and has recorded with such artists as Eric Marienthal, Steve Kujula, Luis Conte, Gregg Karukas, Andy Narell, Eric Tagg, Brandon Fields, Harvey Mason, and Will Kennedy just to name a few.
Phil's educational background is in jazz, classical and Brazilian music. Graduated from the prestigious Cornish Institute of the Arts with a BFA in music, Jazz composition and performance where he studied with Bassist- Gary Peacock, Pianist- Art Lande and guitarist/composer- Ralph Towner. Phil also traveled to Brazil and studied Brazilian Guitar Music in Rio de Janeiro for 6 months with Romero Lubambo. Phil signed with Sonic Edge Records of Los Angeles, California in 1990 and released his first album "Breaking Through" nationally. In 1991 came the release of his second album "Standing on Fishes which landed at #4 NAC Chart (New Adult Contemporary) Phil was also nominated that year by NAMA (Northwest Area Music Assoc.) both in 1991, 92 for Best Jazz Artist, Best Jazz Recording and Best Electric Guitarist.
Presently, Phil resides in Los Angeles working as a music professional: session guitarist, producer, composer. Producing music for radio, film and television. International releases to date include: Japan, Italy, South Africa and Brazil.
Review quotes: ---
"With Sheeran there's always more than meets the eye just as he eases our expectations with gentle declarations the guitarist fires up to explosive effect." Jonathan Widran, JAZZIZ, USA
"With a smooth, clipped-chord sound recalling Earl Klugh sunny, wide-open leads and memorable melodies." Hilarie Grey, JAZZ TIMES, USA
"Phil is an accomplished acoustic guitarist whose sound and style is a Jazzier version of Earl Klugh." Al Merritt, JAZZ NOW, USA
"A seductively melodic style, openly revealing the magnetism within this superbly gifted guitarist."
THE MANILA TIMES, Manila, Philippines
"Sheeran swings with unabashed romance & genuine Carioca spirit."
Sandra Burlingame, Earshot Jazz, USA
“Sheeran's original compositions explode with the emotional depth of an aria ... with Sheeran's fluid acoustic guitar at its lyrical epicenter."
Kathy Raglund, Seattle Times, USA
Keyboardist / Composer
The Brothers Johnson
Leon Bisquera is the founder of the Bisquera Brothers and composer of many of the band's compositions. Leon is a master keyboard artist, having toured the world with Jazz great Randy Crawford. Other performance credits include Chaka Khan, Boney James, The Bus Boys, Brothers Johnson, John Waite, and Gary Wright. His compositions can be heard on CDs by Rick Braun, Boney James, Warren Hill and Richard Elliot.