Vernon native Mike Phillips is since several years an integral part of
the label Hidden Beach Recordings. Phillips' debut album,
Reached Mike Phillips, was released by Hidden Beach in May 2002.
In 2005 followed his sophomore album
Denominator. You can also listen to his signature sax on Hidden
Beach's serial Unwrapped Vol. 1, 2, 4, 5 and 7.
But Mike is far more
creative. He performed
on Experience: Jill Scott 826+ (2001), Stevie Wonder's A
Time To Love (2005), or Tom Braxton's Bounce (2005), to
name a few. His newest project is MP3, which is scheduled for
release July 27th, 2010. All pre-ordered CDs will be signed by the
saxophonist himself as way of saying thank you. So visit Hidden
Mike Phillips plays the lead on sax
joined by Freddy Colon and Munyungo Jackson (percussion), Joel Whitney
Cooper (guitar), and Nate Jones (bass). The album is produced by J.R. Hutson,
Jamie Hawkins, JaMal, Keith Crouch, Q Coleman and Eric Wesley, who
also performed on major parts of the project. Outstanding
guest-musicians are Stevie Wonder, Marcus Miller, Natalie Stewart,
Lauren Evans, and Norman Brown.
Mike had the idea for the title of
his new album in 2002, when the format MP3 and MP3.com came into full
flower. While on stage with Prince and Stevie Wonder, Mike built on
his imagination of his third project, a collection of contemporary jazz
With the starting Picture Me Rollin'
Mike Phillips showcases the brilliant concept of contemporary music,
the Urban beat, we are familiar with since the beginnings of the
Unwrapped serial and big asset of various saxes combined in overdubbed
style. Stevie Wonder says Hello with a short harmonica solo.
7 Days In Paradise offers a
special flavor. Penned and produced by Jamie Hawkins, who is known by
his great melodies and work with Destinys Child, Carlos Santana,
Amerie and Dwanye Wiggins, the song grows propelled by a conglomerate
of beats and Munyungo Jackson's percussion. In the middle of the song
Marcus Miller sets in on bass, while Mike performs skywards with his
Stay Awhile is Mike's lesson in harmony. A heartfelt ballade
painted with perfect chords. Fallin' features British born
songstress Natalie Stewart. Natalie and Marsha Ambrosius teamed to the
neo-soul duo Floetry and had success with albums like Floetic
and Flo’Ology. Currently Natalie “The Floacist” Stewart is
working on her upcoming solo album set to release on October 28th.
Time Of Your Life, a collaboration of producer Keith Crouch and
Lauren Evans, highlights this R&B queen. Her vocals are featured on
albums by Grammy award winner Boney James, rock legend Mick Fleetwood,
and revered hitmaker Barry Manilow to name a few. As a songwriter,
Lauren has paired with Robbie Nevil, Rex Rideout, legendary
superproducers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, and many others. Lauren is
ready to start her solo career.
Mike Phillips graces the Jamie
Hawkins ballade Gonna Miss You. Also remarkable the fine horn
arrangement of this song. Featured singer on Take Our Time With
Love is Andre “Choirboi” Allen. He shares the lead with Mike (sax)
and Norman Brown (guitar). Jamie Hawkins presents the next R&B piece
Come Inside With Me garnished with some tricky trumpet adds.
Right Person Wrong Time combines attractive sites of smooth
jazz and rap featuring Jamal. Listen to the jazzy reprise of
Picture Me Rollin'. The final Party With Mike Phillips is
powerful rhythm and music. Come into emotional movement. Dance to the
conjuring sound of Mike's sax.
When you search the musical
intersection of Hip Hop and Jazz you will unquestionably meet Mike
Phillips. His new album MP3 is the unique cornerstone of this exciting
facet of music.
Buy the album in all stores
Artist: Mike Phillips
Genre: General Jazz
Label: Hidden Beach recordings
01 Picture Me Rollin' [3:34]
02 7 Days In Paradise [4:49]
03 Stay Awhile [3:37]
04 Fallin' [4:22]
05 Time Of Your Life [3:43]
06 Gonna Miss You [3:22]
07 Take Our Time With Love [4:05]
08 Come Inside With Me [4:03]
09 Right Person Wrong Time [3:11]
10 Picture Me Rollin' (Reprise) [1:53]
11 Party With Mike Phillips [4:29]
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