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Simon Phillips


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.90 | 34 ratings

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Wisdom Moon
5 stars Protocol V - what an album!

Simon Phillips' Protocol series is some of the best jazz fusion you will find anywhere, so don't miss out. He collaborates with stellar players and the tunes are exciting and memorable. Especially on this outing, it's very difficult to pick a favourite track, as they are all amazing - there's no filler here.

This is the first time where saxophone has a lot of prominence, as Simon's ensembles are usually guitar led, but Alex Sill on guitar is definitely no slouch! This album is a heady mix of fusion flavours and Simon's playing is just what each track needs - in a drummer-led band, you might expect that there would be drum solos everywhere, but the playing here serves the music. Simon is such an experienced musician and has played with the best; he's clearly got nothing to prove technique-wise and so his parts are always appropriate and they propel the music along beautifully.

If you are a fusion fan, you won't find a better album than this - it's top class playing and enjoyment.

Wisdom Moon | 5/5 |


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