7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2007
Flip Phillips (1915-2001) was just about 85 years old when he recorded this album on March 26, 2000. Flip had a very long career in jazz music prior to this recording and once went at it with Illinois Jacquet at Carnegie Hall in a saxophone dueling contest. Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1915, Phillips first enjoyed the spotlight in 1940 as an alto saxophonist for the Frankie Newton Sextet. In 1942 he briefly played tenor saxophone with Benny Goodman and also did small group gathering with the legendary Red Norvo.
This album does not really highlight Flip in his prime. While it is still worth the purchase, it does showcase an elderly Phillips who's blowing is no longer what it once was. I own another album, titled "Mayhem in Manhattan: Illinois Jacquet vs. Flip Phillips", which features a younger and much more enthusiastic Flip. I would certainly recommend purchasing that along with this title in order to see what a difference the years can make. Flip was a staple jazz musician who can stand proudly on his lifetime achievements.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2003
I love the sensationally sensious sounds of Flips sexy sax! He doesn't sound like a man in his late eighties, his tones are full and swinging as ever! This cd was released when swing music was popular in the late 90's with youngers like me who took up Lindy hopping! This cd while dancable at times, is more of a cool blowing session, and a great set of swinging jazz! Hey I'm only 14 years old, and I love this cd, so I'm sure you will too!