Moment of Clarity
Dan Phillips Trio 'Moment of Clarity' is the second release by the Dan Phillips Trio that features all original compositions. This release is the result of several years of working experience for Dan in Chicago with open-minded musicians . The Trio has developed an approach that allowed for improvisations that at times go in and out of forms and structures freely in the flow of the improvisation. This trio has a truly origianl sound with Krzysztof at times playing arco melodies like a cellist and Tim swinging hard and abstracting just when needed. Dan Phillips Bio Dan Phillips has been an international jazz guitarist, bandleader, educator and composer for more than fifteen years and during this time he has performed throughout North America, and Asia developing an original voice and approach to improvised music. The Dan Phillips Trio has been the primary vehicle for the expression of this voice and the Trio has taken on many forms in both New York and Chicago. The Chicago Trio is the one that has come into to it's own through two original recordings 'Journey in Mind' and 'Moment of Clarity' as well as through regular live performances. Dan began his pursuits as a student at Berklee College of Music in Boston. While at Berklee, Dan was selected as the guitarist to represent the College at the 1990 Montreal Jazz Festival. After graduating from Berklee in 1990 he moved to New York City and began his performing career. In New York he continued to lead his own groups as well as perform in a variety of settings as a free-lance guitarist. His ensembles included many of the new voices in improvised music such as Jim Black, Ben Street, Chris Speed, Owen Howard, John Arruccci, Pat Zimmerly and Mike Sarin. In 1996 he moved to Chicago and again began leading his own groups. These groups have included Tim Mulvenna, Chad Taylor, Krzysztof Pabian, Phil Gratteau and Tatsu Aoki among many others. He also returned to school and received a Masters in Jazz pedagogy from Northwestern Univesity. In 2001 Dan made a decision to broaden his experience by leaving the United States and absorbing himself in another culture and environment. He relocated to Bangkok, Thailand and began teaching fulltime and acting as Director of Jazz Studies at Mahidol University College of Music. While in Thailand he performed throughout the country became a well known free-lance guitarist. In 2004 Dan relocated yet again to Tokyo, Japan where he is a free-lance guitarist and band leader. After a Thailand Jazz Festival appearance and some Chicago gigs the Trio has reccorded a new CD 'Destination Unknown' to be released soon. Dan has also performed with many international musicians not prreviously mentioned such as: Gerald Wilson, Danillo Perez, Judy Roberts, Jeff Parker, Francois Lindemann, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Lalah Hathaway and Matt Darriau. Dan has performed at jazz festivals in Japan, Canada, Thailand and the U.S. Tim Mulvenna Bio Tim Mulvenna has been performaing, teaching and recording for the last decaded in Chicago as well as touring North America, Europe and Asia. Tim has worked with many International artists including: Roscoe Mitchel, Ken Vandermark, Peter Brotzman, Robbie Fulks, Ritchie Cole, Fred Anderson, Lin Haliday, John Abercrombie, Tom Varner, Ellery Eskelin, Tommy Dorsey Orhestra and Bern Nix among many others. He can be heard on more than 30 recordings for labels such as Blue Note, Delmark, Atavistic and Okka-Disc. Krzysztof Pabian Bio Krzysztof Pabian hails from Europe as a classical-trained bassist. He began his music studies at the age of 8 on piano and switched to bass at age 14. Krzysztof moved to the U.S. in 1993 where he studied at Northwestern University. Krzysztof has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Civic Orchestra. He has also worked in an array of new music ensembles under the direction of Pierre Boulez, Daniel Baenboim, Christopher Eshenbach, Zubin Matha, Lawerence Foster, and Pinchas Zukerman. In the area of Jazz Krzysztof has performed with Danillo Perez, Judy Roberts, Max Roach, Ron Blake and the Lincoln Center Jazz Sextet. Krzysztof has toured throughout North America, Europe and Asia. "The first impact Phillips makes is with his sense of swing and thick notes that fall from his guitar.......he opens the vista in a swell of notes that cut, roll and sweep ahead in a near torrent.....The textures weave and bob, taking flight on the wings of their imagination. Phillips....makes the experience interesting by taking a turn, breaking up a rhythm, and scattering the edifice. In the unknown lies welcome surprise." (review of Dan Phillips Trio "A Moment of Clarity" ?allaboutjazz.com 1/2005 "....thoughtful and swinging......creates a lot of intriguing colors and not afraid to go out harmonically...It is wonderful to hear music of this high caliber coming from such limited materials. Doing so much with so little is a rarity, and it requires the kind of musical intelligence of a Dan Phillips." (review of Dan Phillips Trio "A Moment of Clarity") ?Cadence Magazine 6/2004.