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Uncommon Denominator

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Saxophonist Mike Phillips is at the top of his game. First introduced to the jazz world on his debut album YOU HAVE REACHED MIKE PHILLIPS. He's toured with Prince and Stevie Wonder, and was featured on BET Jazz's "Mike's World" and is now releasing his second solo album, UNCOMMON DENOMINATOR. This is a must hear for jazz fans.


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Song Title Time Price
  1. Once Again Mike Phillips (Interlude)0:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Uncommon Denominator 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Crazy 5:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Heartbeat Of The City 4:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. If It Takes All Night 4:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Minnie 4:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. G-Money 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Don't Panic 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. We Are One 6:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Fiesta 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. 86th & Broadway 4:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Uptown On A Saturday Night 4:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Flow 4:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Brent's Bounce 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. If U Had A Heart 4:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Mike & Michaella (Interlude) [feat. Jeff Lorber] 1:00$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 17, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hidden Beach Records
  • ASIN: B0009XFIV4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,983 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By x-bout reviews on November 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Track 1. Once Again Mike Phillips (Interlude):

The album opens with a simple but catchy bassline on this track, the horn creeps in with a lovely tone and you're right in there with Mike Phillips. The voice saying "Mike Phillips" is a little bit annoying though!

Track 2. Uncommon Denominator:

The sound of the fender Rhodes underlies this smooth track. Again the sax entry and subsequent riffs show off Mike's nice tone. The track is a bit Boney James in flavour and is similar to a lot of smooth jazz out there, but the refrain is lively and stands out.

Track 3. Crazy:

I think the talking parts on this album are mostly intrusive and not quite integrated. This track suffers because of that at the beginning, but once Mike Phillips' sax comes in properly after about one minute, the track comes alive.

Track 4. Heartbeat Of The City:

It's hard to believe Tracks 3 and 4 have different producers (Jeff Lorber produced this one) since they sound so similar. The bass progressions are almost identical and it makes it seem like an endless Track 3, which is not good for an album that wants to be taken seriously. Nevertheless, the solos, as always, are smooth and inventive.

Track 5. If It Takes All Night:

R&B flavoured track with a Zapp & Roger-style synthesized voice singing the "If it takes all night" hook. Featuring Trina Powell - of Trina and Tamara (think late 90s!) fame and sister of Jesse Powell - on vocals, the style favours Mike's fluid tone and progressions. The album as a whole finds some distinction at this point. There are some similarities to Alfonzo Blackwell but it still has its own voice and this track has good cross-over potential.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Fields on October 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I have to say that I never even knew who this guy was or planned on buying this cd, but I went into the store I happened to see it on a listening station and decided to give it a try. Needless to say I was very impressed (I like jazz music but never really bought any) and it ended up being the only cd I took home that day.

This is really a good album, I almost felt like I was listening to a full blown R&B album words and all, yet there are only a few words on a couple of the songs. The way he plays kind of puts words in your mind to the melodies your listening to. Ranges from smooth & mellow to upbeat tracks. There might be 1 or 2 songs that I don't care too much for but the rest are all dynamic, and I will definitely keep a look out for future projects by him.

For anyone that may not be into jazz that much but you do like R&B, you should definitely check out this album, I think you might get hooked like I did. Get this cd, its a keeper yall.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "aaron13701" on July 27, 2005
Format: Audio CD
How Kenny G and Boney James became household names and Mike Phillips has not is the crime of the century. I first saw this amazing saxophonist play the national anthem at a Laker game and he was the hottest thing on the floor, Kobe and Shaq included! This album is a music lovers dream. Great playing, great songs, inspired musicianship. Check out Crazy and We Are One on this album. He out Frankies Frankie Beverly on this one. If Mike Phillips turns up missing all you have to do is go find Frankie Beverly because he almost certainly will try to kidnap Mike and force him to play in his band if he ever hears this cover! It's too hard to describe great music. Y'all just need to go buy this cd, turn up the volume and juslissen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SAXMAN121 on July 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
If you think his first CD "You Have Reached Mike Phillips" was musical, then your gonna be in for a big suprise when u pop this bad boy in the CD player! Mike uses different ranges throughout his horn being specifically an alto player. The tone is not too edgy and not too dark which is perfect. Key traxx are numbers: 1-16! My personal favorites are numbers 2,5,7,8,and 12. His first CD was great so that makes Uncommon Denominator a superb piece of music to anyone's ear!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tanya Lucas on July 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Undoubtedly, this release from Mike Phillips is instant vintage. You'll be astounded at how seemingly effortlessly Mike twists and turns notes and makes them his own. Anyone who has his first release "You Have Reached Mike Phillips" knows the depth of his range and feeling behind the music. "Uncommon Denominator" may be his sophomore set but once you put it on you'll agree that it feels like home. Cop this disc now and catch the vibe!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By June J. Whitfield on July 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Mike Phillips's second CD - "Uncommon Denominator" was worth the wait.

This CD is awesome as it turned a normal 5 hour drive from North Carolina to Washington, DC into what felt like 3 hours. All 15 songs will make you sway, snap your fingers, dance and just feel good...

The one minute interlude will make you wonder is Mike Phillips the uncommon denominator...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mia on September 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I Love Mike Phillips music. I especially love the fact that he incorporates his little girl onto the cd's. His music takes you on many turns. It can be upbeat and funky and then slow you down to a sensual sway. I really recommend this album to be added to anyones jazz collection it is truly supreme.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By joe fleming on September 23, 2005
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This CD is hot. My favorite is Don't panic very funky bass line and the melody is great. I got Mikes first one and this tops the last one by far. Mike is very different and does not sound like the other smooth jazz artist playing elevator music.
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