Phil Denny had a blazing start
in 2012 with his first solo album
Crossover (2012). With several chart toppers he
quickly reached a high level of awareness. Just one year
later followed his second album, The Messenger.
This Christmas album received high accolades.
His third album Upswing offers with Radio Flyer,
a bonus track that connects seamlessly to his second
album within the meaning of continuity. This includes
the selection of his team-mates, which we already know
from his previous releases.
Nate Harasim (keys and programming), Nils, Eddy Grey and
Matt Godina (rhythm guitar), Takashi Iio, Julian Vaughn
and Ed Tate (bass), Dr. Keith Newton (tenor sax), Oli
Silk (piano), Jon Barnes,
Farnell Newton and Anthony Stanco (trumpet) are among the
Diggin' On hypnotizes with a catchy melody and
a vocal refrain perfectly topped off with Nate's
atmospheric keyboard playing. Soak It Up is
loaded with a strong brass instrumentation by Keith
Newton (sax), and trumpet players Jon Barnes and Farnell
Newton supporting saxophonist Denny. Apparently in the
dynamic style of East Bay Soul or Tower Of Power.
With a series of quick delicate movements up and
down Phil celebrates Flutter on soprano sax.
On Stand Together Julian Vaughn shares the
melody with his signature bass sound, which reminds of
the late Wayman Tisdale.
Shaken, Not Stirred is a catchphrase of Ian
Fleming's fictional British Secret Service agent James
Bond and describes his preference for the preparation of
his Martini cocktails. Coming from Great
Britain pianist Oli Silk delivers
a fine piano trademark with great professionalism.
Dally Walk is Anthony Stanco's piece. He really
shines on trumpet with a crystal clear tone. Upswing
boasts a veritable saxophone approach. The love ballad
The First Time features emotional singer
Confidence Killion, who has already won several vocal
Amorous is a warm hearted song for cuddling and
dreaming. In contrast stands the dynamic Valere
featuring an interesting programming by Nathan Harasim.
With Upswing Phil Denny delivers a special
elixir. A fresh note which sets him apart from other
saxophonists of his generation.
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Artist: Phil Denny
Genre: General Jazz
01 Diggin' On [4:42]
02 Soak It Up [3:53]
03 Flutter [4:21]
04 Stand Together (Featuring Julian Vaughn) [4:55]
05 Shaken Not Stirred (Featuring Oli Silk) [4:11]
06 Dally Walk [5:03]
07 Upswing [4:24]
08 The First Time (Featuring Confidence Killion) [5:03]
09 Amorous [3:53]
10 Valere [4:08]
11 Radio Flyer [3:52]