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Phil Hawkins | Sugarcane Suite

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Sugarcane Suite

by Phil Hawkins

Phil Hawkins and his ensemble perform a tropical set of jazz inspired by the music of Trinidad, Cuba and Brasil.
Genre: Jazz: Latin Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Big Idea
5:23 $0.99
2. Encendido
4:49 $0.99
3. Sapatos Do Meu Pai
7:25 $0.99
4. Seven Steps To Heaven
4:27 $0.99
5. Minha Parede
6:53 $0.99
6. Pan Wisdom
4:49 $0.99
7. A New Old Soul
5:36 $0.99
8. Euclid Ave.
5:11 $0.99
9. Suk-kyo's Samba
5:35 $0.99
10. Eight O'clock Blues
3:56 $0.99
11. Pan Wisdom Carnival Mix
3:53 $0.99
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Phil Hawkins is a master percussionist, an accomplished jazz drummer and one of the leading innovators of music for the steelpan. As a percussionist and drummer he has traveled throughout the United States, the Caribbean and South America to perform concerts, teach clinics and study percussion.

Originally from Topeka, Kansas, Phil completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music at Wichita State University. In 1998, Phil moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where he quickly gained a reputation as a versatile drummer with Pete Escovedo, Ray Obiedo and the Novo Tempo Quartet. A friendship with world renown percussionist Michael Spiro eventually led Phil to begin work on his debut CD, “H2O.” He also met and collaborated with vibraphonist Gerry Grosz and bassist Jim Kerwin (David Grisman Quartet) on the 2001 release, “The Cosmic Buzz.”

From 2002 - 2004 Phil lived in Los Angeles where he continued to work as a jazz drummer. While there he began recording “H2O,” employing the legendary Alex Acuña on drums and percussion. Phil also worked on other recording projects for Caribbean vocalist Jessica Vautor, singer Kathleen Grace, Disney Internet Group, the University of Southern California Vocal Jazz Ensemble and film score composer Patrick Kirst.

Phil's new cd "Sugarcane Suite" has been receiving tons of airplay in the US and abroad and features: Jessica Vautor, Crazy, Randy Brecker, Ray Obiedo, Marc and Paul van Wageningen, Michael Spiro, Edgardo Cambon, Orlando Torriente, Dave Mathews, Michelle Hawkins and Murray Low.



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harry best

Sweeter than sugarcane!
What does the music of Brazil, Cuba and Trinidad have in common? Sugarcane. You can say these euphoric rhythms were essential to the survival of the Africans brought to the Americas to work the sugarcane fields in these countries. Today these rhythms persist, because they are regenerative and serve as sustenance for all in a stressful modern society.
That’s why you can’t have enough sugarcane; the music I mean, from Phil Hawkins’ Sugarcane Suite. As the commercial says, “Wanna get away?” Sit back, no, stand up with your favorite rum (fermented sugarcane) mixer and pop this CD into your player. It’ll make you feel like Friday.
I’ll admit I’m biased. Maybe it’s because of my familiarity with Phil’s music and my unbridled admiration for his body of work for Pan. Some people write music hoping it will sound good on pan. Phil is one of those rare composers like Andy Narell that writes to the voice of the pan. The effect is that when you hear his music you immediately feel it belongs…like it’s been there all the time. Check out the first cut, ‘The Big Idea’ and you’ll see what I mean.
With each cut Phil seems equally at ease serving up the different genres. But what I like most is how he presents calypso music on an equal footing with other traditional Latin jazz idioms from Brazil and Cuba. The authenticity of the production speaks volumes for Phil’s versatility and depth of comprehension of Afro-influenced music of the Americas.
On ‘Sapatos do Meu Pai’ Phil skillfully infuses the talents of Jessica Vautor, a Martiniquan vocalist he first introduced on his H2O album. Vautor weaves some sweet Creole chants into a Brazilian production that reinforces the argument that these cultures and their music have a common base. Sugarcane, maybe?
Just ask Calypsonian Crazy who sings on the cut “Pan Wisdom”. You’ll have to agree when he says “Phil you have something here boy…this music is sweeter than sugarcane!”

Steve Barnes

Incredible fun
Exciting ! Groovin' terriffic jazz from steel pan artist Phil Hawkins. An All star cast around him, Randy Brecker, Ray Obiedo,
Michael Spiro to name a few,--it's just bursting with passion-groove-topped off with incredible vocal performances, including Michelle Hawkins!!! This is fresh new-music!!!!.....it is impeccably performed,recorded and mixed.......a delightful array of south of the border rhythms !!!! It simply doesn't get any better than this !!!!! BRAVO Sugarcane Suite !!!!! Samba Calypso,
Soca.......you won't sit still !!!!!!

greg murai

A Cause for Celebration
Everything's come together for this CD: the players and their inspired performances, the thoughtful arrangements, the production, and the tunes--those beautiful, soulful tunes. If you're a musician, you'll be in awe of the great playing and writing that covers every inch of this CD. If you're a music lover, this is a feast. Sugarcane Suite will be playing in my house and car for a long, long time. Few things in life are sweeter.