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In 2009, Simon Phillips joined with keyboardist Philippe Saisse and bassist Pino Palladino or PSP in forming an instrumental jazz/funk rock trio PHILLIPS SAISSE PALLADINO (PSP), who toured in Europe in 2009 through 2010, spotlighting the talents of each performer in the songs chosen for their set list.

British born drummer Simon Phillips played with such musicians as Phil Manzanera and Brian Eno ( in 801),Jack Bruce,Jeff Beck,Mike Oldfield,Jon Anderson,10 CC,John Wetton,Mike Rutherford,Stanley Clarke,Derek Sherinian,Toto,Jordan Rudess and The Who, between others. He moved to Los Angeles in 1992 and set up his Phantom Recording Studios in San Fernando Valley. Simon released two instructional videos displaying some of his best work and four studio albums of varying styles.

In 2006, Phillips released a DVD with his jazz band, Vantage Point, called Resolution with writer and pianist Jeff Babko, trumpeter Walt Fowler, saxophonist Brandon Fields and bassist Alphonso Johnson.

Philippe Saisse is a French Grammy Award-nominated Smooth Jazz and New Age music keyboardist, producer and arranger. French born Saisse last year moved to Los Angeles after an 18-year stint living in New York, and now shares space at Phillip's studio complex.He was born in Marseilles and raised in Paris. After studying at the conservatory in Paris he won a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music. He became the protege of Gary Burton and debuted on Al Di Meola's Splendido Hotel. He has also worked in the alternative rock, jazz fusion and rock world for David Bowie, Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, Paul King, The Rolling Stones and others.

Saisse's 2008 solo album, At World's Edge, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. Although it did not reach the commercial success normally expected of an album boasting a cast of highly ranked musicians, it reunited Saisse with two old friends: bassist Pino Palladino, and drummer Simon Phillips.

Welsh-born Palladino began playing the electric guitar at age 14. By age 17 he decided to play the bass guitar, and bought his first fretless bass one year later, playing mostly R&B, funk, and reggae within a rock and roll backbeat. That same year, at age 20, he joined Jools Holland's band and recorded with Holland on his album entitled, Jools Holland and His Millionaires. Palladino toured with Jools to support the album, which gave him the opportunity to purchase his own Music Man StingRay Fretless Bass.P...
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Review by snobb
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2 stars Simon Phillips is well-known for years as respectable session drummer (801,Toto,Jeff Beck, Jack Bruce, The Who, Stanley Clarke, etc,etc). From late 80-s he started to release his own solo albums, without success to be honest.

In this, his newest to time (2010) project, he founded the fusion trio with French smooth jazz/new age keyboardist Philippe Saisse(David Bowie, Chaka Khan,Al Jarreau,etc) and fretless bass player Pino Palladino (David Gilmour, Peter Gabriel, Gary Numan, etc). This debut (live) release was recorded in Japan, to support it trio toured Europe.

I listened this album with some interest, but without serious expectations. And - at the end of the day - I found there what I expected to find. Simon is very competent drummer, capable to play fusion as well, but unhappily he doesn't have personal techniques. He had that problem on previous solo releases ( and on his solo debut, where he played all instruments by himself, the problem was really bigger - he is not good enough player for other instruments just to fill luck of his drumming personal style).

So - he could be a really great session drummer, or part of a band with great ideas and musicianship. Unhappily, all PSP trio has the same problem - three skilled session musicians hardly developed a unique final musical product by themselves.

Saisse keyboard playing technique is strongly influenced by smooth jazz and new age, and is openly cheese in some moments. All the sound is polished, toothless and compositions are mostly too faceless. Palladino bass is competent at his best moments, but never more.

So, final impression after listening this release - three competent session musicians recorded one of their concert and released it as album. Music recorded demonstrates their competent playing techniques, and possibly could be used as promo/demo recordings, but obviously lucks in composition, concept, structures - and even mastership. Even worst - sound is too polished and even openly cheese in moments.

Release for Simon Phillips collectors (if such category exists at all).

My rating - 2+.

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