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by Robin Phillips

Robin is a UK jazz singer and pianist re-introducing a collection of jazz standards to their original 'lost' introductory verses - swinging and groove-based songs in trio and quartet line-up.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Time After Time
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2. Spring Can Really Hang You up the Most
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3. It Had to Be You
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4. As Time Goes By
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5. These Foolish Things
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6. On Green Dolphin Street
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7. They Can't Take That Away from Me
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8. A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
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9. Don't Blame Me
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Over the past five years, I have been looking into the lost verses of the jazz standards. These ‘sectional verses’ often came from when the song was part of a musical show, with these introductory sections used to connect the spoken and sung parts of the show. However, these ‘verses’ also give great insight into the story of the song which follows and are interesting from a melodic point of view, often using interesting note and harmony choices. Many of these ‘verses’ have been lost over time, it seems to be due to the restricted length of vinyl recordings, but I also assume the ability of musicians to remember these slightly unusual forms. For me, like many jazz artists, going back to the earlier versions of the standards is a great way to understand them properly, and it was in doing this that I discovered these interesting introductions. I then went about trying to discover which standards had verses that have been lost. Some, like Stardust, have managed to keep their connection with the song, but many others have been lost over time. Once I felt like I had discovered a suitable amount of these lost verses, I started working out which were, in my opinion, the most interesting and also considering which of these songs I most wanted to record. I also made the decision to treat them as a 'verse' in the traditional sense, so in a many of the pieces I have returned to the lost verse at another point in the song. I hope you agree these lovely lost additions to these great standards deserve to be remembered and I hope you like what we have done with them on this recording, ‘re-versing’ them..

It was an absolute pleasure to work with the incredibly talented musicians on this album, all of whom I have enjoyed working with in the past and wanted to bring together on this album. Seb De Krom (drums) has toured the world many times over with a variety of famous jazz musicians and was a founding member of the Jamie Cullum trio which originally brought Jamie to world-wide attention. Jihad Darwish (bass) has played with the likes of Sting and Van Morrison and offers a real sense of groove and personality to the arrangements. Sammy Mayne (alto sax) is a long-term member of the BBC and Ronnie Scott's Big Bands, and Brandon Allen (tenor sax) leads many different jazz ensembles and tours with the likes of Kyle Eastwood (Clint's son and jazz bassist) and James Tormé (Mel's son and jazz singer).

I recorded the whole album at my own studio, which was built so that I could spend the time I wanted on my recording projects. This enabled me to take time and get the album sounding exactly as I wanted, from tracking through the mixing and mastering process.

Robin Phillips



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