Phil Denny was in the recent time active as promoter for
numerous events. Since the Corona pandemic these activities
are reduced to a minimum. A good opportunity to work on a
new project. Phil has already released four albums.
Crossover (2012), The Messenger (2013),
Upswing (2015) and Align (2018). His
newest project is Urban Troubadour (2020), an EP
with five originals and one cover.
Phil Denny is joined on his new album by Michael "Big Mike"
Hart Jr. (guitar, bass, programming), Greg "Buddy Bangs Reed
Jr. (keys, programming), Matt Godina (keys, guitar,
programming), Eric Valentine (drums), Ryan Montano (muted
trumpets), Adam Hawley (keys, guitar, programming), Mel
Brown (bass), Ramon Yslas (percussion), Marcus Anderson
(alto sax, flute), and Matt Cusson (vocals).
album opens with Urban Troubadour. A troubadour was
a composer and performer of Old Occitan lyric poetry during
the High Middle Ages. Especially in Germany this early
composer of love ballads were called Minnesinger. Phil
performs his saxophone with similar fervor, enticing and
Michael "Big Mike" Hart Jr. and Greg "Buddy Bangs Reed Jr.
create the hip sound environment with strings, funky rhythm
guitar and key programming.
Together with the above
mentioned musicians Phil also creates the love ballad
Around The Block with a high-stepping vibe in hip-hop
style. The heavy beat also accompanies us on Lifted,
a production in collaboration with Matt Godina. Phil
presents on this stomping mover the heartfelt sound of his
On Tough Get Goin' Phil unfolds
the entire range and sound spectrum of his tenor saxophone
in overdub mode. The punchy impression is further enhanced
by a selected team of professional players like Adam Hawley,
Mel Brown, Eric Valentine, and Ramon Yslas. An unique sound
note brings Ryan Montano on muted trumpet into play.
On the cover of the album Phil wears a wide black brim hat.
He follows the example of guitarist Nick Colionne or
saxophonist Boney James who wear on their performances these
snazzy Black Brim hats too. That tune is a tribute
to this striking garment. Final tune of this project is a
cover of What's Love Got To Do With It, a GRAMMY
awarded hit recorded by the American singer Tina Turner,
released in 1984 from her album Private Dancer.
Interpreted by lead singer Matt Cusson, whose timbre is
Tina-like, the instrumental arrangement with Marcus Anderson
on flute and Phil on sax and EWI is overall appealing and on
Phil Denny's new album Urban Troubadour delivers a
kaleidoscope of electrifying melodies and killer grooves.
This is the perfect realization of everything that makes
good smooth jazz.
Buy the album in all stores
Title: Urban Troubadour
Artist: Phil Denny
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Label: Off-Sheet Music
1) Urban Troubadour (3:45)
2) Around The Block (3:42)
4) Tough Get Goin' (4:43)
5) Black Brim
6) What's Love Got To Do With It (4:01)