Sound Energy in Space

by Dan Phillips Trio

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Lizard Breath Records
is pleased to announce this new release.


Dan Phillips Trio with Krzysztof Pabian and Timothy Daisy
"Sound Energy in Space"

Release date July 8th 2019




The second release from a Chicago based Trio featuring ten original pieces by guitarist Dan Phillips that lean heavily on group improvisational skills of Timothy Daisy on Drums and Krzysztof Pabian on double bass. Three of the pieces feature the planetary magnetic field sounds recorded by NASA’s Voyager space probe.

Although this is only the second release for this unique Trio, Krzysztof and Dan have 20 plus year relationship and he is also a member of Dan’s “Chicago Edge Ensemble” which released two critically acclaimed recordings ”Decaying Orbit” in 2017 and “Insidious Anthem” in 2018. He is also a member of the Dan Phillips Quartet. Dan, Tim and Krzysztof also released another critically acclaimed Quartet album ‘Converging Tributaries” in 2017 with Trombonist Jeb Bishop. Tim is well known figure in the Chicago experimental/free jazz scene and has performed extensively with all members.









Chicago has justly earned its high esteem amongst jazz & creative music aficionados.
The city that fostered the talents of the AACM, Sun Ra, Fred Anderson, and many more has been kept alive by figures such as Ken Vandermark, Dave Rempis, Michael Zerang, Tortoise and many more. Some of the city’s finest appear on this release, led by guitarist Dan Phillips.
Although Phillips – a Berklee and Northwestern graduate – has lived and worked in Thailand off and on since 2001 where he works as a Jazz Educator and performer in the region, he grew up in Illinois and lived in NYC for 5 years working with the likes of Jim Black, Ben Street, Chris Speed, Matt Darriau and many more. During this time abroad he has regularly returned home to his beloved Chicago to record and perform with his favorite musicians. From the mid 90s to the early 2000’s he lived in Chicago where he le and performed with groups featuring local talents Jeff Parker, Chad Taylor, Tim Daisy, Jeb Bishop, Hamid Drake, Dave Rempis, Michael Zerang, Avreeyl Ra, Josh Berman, Mars Williams, Rudresh Mahanthapa, Jim Baker, Jason Stein and Tatsu Aoki.







The album begins with the track “Sonic Thruster” , a sharp melody played in unison with bass before being deconstructed by the trio. Track 2 “Void Illusion” sets a more introspective tone with group improvisation that ends with a looped harmonic device. Track 3 is the first of three pieces that feature the magnetic planetary field sounds as recorded by Nasa’s Voyager probe for a backdrop. On this track it is Jupiter and track 6 and 10 feature the sounds of Uranus and Neptune respectively. All three pieces have group improvised and composed sections that reflect mood and tone of each unique planets’ sounds. Track 4 and 8 feature duo pieces with Tim and Krzysztof. Track 5 “Word Fatigue” travels through various shapes and melodic textures intertwined with group improvisation. Track 7 “A Once Forested Hill” features group improvisation leading toward minimalist melodic materiel. Track 9 “Emphatic Resonance” features a driving melody played feely over intensely played bass and drums leading to extended group improv and a bass arco played melodic ending.


More about the musicians:

Dan Phillips is an American guitarist, composer educator and band leader who has worked professionally in New York, Chicago, Bangkok and Tokyo. His Chicago based Trio has released three original recordings “Journey in Mind”, “Moment of Clarity” and “Destination Unknown”. His Bangkok Quartet has two releases “Bangkok Edge” and “Bangkok Edge Live” he also produced an educational/ concert DVD “Jazz Guitar Basics and Beyond”. He is also the leader of the “Chicago Edge Ensemble” which just released its first album “Decaying Orbit” featuring Chicago greats Hamid Drake, Jeb Bishop and Mars Williams. He has appeared at the Montreal Jazz Festival in Canada, Copenhagen Jazz Festival in Denmark, Ashikaga City Jazz Festival in Japan,Pattaya Music Festival, Bangkok Jazz Festival, Chiang Mai Jazz Festival and Hua Hin Jazz Festivals in Thailand, and All Souls Jazz and Empty Bottle Jazz Festivals in Chicago. Dan has also presented Jazz workshops throughout Asia, Europe and The U. S. He is currently Lecturer of Guitar and Jazz Studies at Silapakorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. He completed his undergraduate studies at Berklee College of Music where he was selected to represent the college at the Montreal Jazz Festival in his senior year in the “Berklee All Star” ensemble. He completed his graduate studies at Northwestern, University. Dan has performed with jazz musicians such as Gerald Wilson, Danilo Pérez, Hugo Rasmussen, Jeff Parker, Avreeayl Ra, John Stowell, Matt Darriau, Jim Black, Michael Zerang, Dave Rempis, Hamid Drake, Jeb Bishop, Mars Williams, Ben Street, Chris Speed, Mike Sarin and Ed Thigpen and many more.
For more info check out www.danphillipsmusic.com or www.facebook.com/danphillipsguitarist/



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 to graduate with two Masters degrees in jazz and classical double bass performance. Krzysztof has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Civic Orchestra and worked in an array of ensembles under the direction of Pierre Boulez, Daniel Barenboim, Christopher Eshenbach, Zubin Mehta, George Solti, Lawrence Foster, and Pinchas Zukerman to name a few. In the area of jazz Krzysztof has performed with Danilo Pérez, Judy Roberts, Eddie Henderson, Max Roach, Ron Blake, Hamid Drake, Mars Williams, Jarek Smietana and the Lincoln Center Jazz Sextet. Krzysztof has toured throughout North America and Europe with various groups and configurations.
For more info check out www.pabian.com

Tim Daisy was born on July 15th, 1976, in Waukegan, Illinois, and began playing the drums at age 11. Soon he was involved in a rock band with his brother, playing shows around the northern Illinois and the Southeastern Wisconsin area. At age 17 a friend gave him a copy of John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps,” which had a profound impact on him and began his fascination with improvised music. Tim began formal lessons with percussionist Joe Varhula at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois, from 1995-1996, and moved to Chicago in 1997, quickly becoming involved with the city’s vibrant improvised music scene. In 1998, he formed Triage with Dave Rempis and bassist Gordon Lewis (who was replaced by Jason Ajemian in 2000). Also at this time, he became involved in the “58 Group,” a modern dance ensemble led by choreographer Ginger Farley, with musical direction by saxophonist and composer Cameron Pffifner. In 2000 Tim joined forces with young alto saxophonist Aram Shelton and bassist Jason Ajemian to form Dragons 1976, and continues to record and tour with this group to this day. Tim joined the Vandermark Five in 2001 and has been an integral member of the band since that time. During this period he also ran the Thursday night improvised music series at The Nervous Center in Chicago. Other active projects include Bridge 61, the Dave Rempis Quartet, Kyle Bruckman’s Wrack, and his own Festival Quartet; past collaborations have included work with the Chicago Improvisers Group, Sound In Action Trio, Unclocked, Arrive, Scott Rosenberg’s Red, and Fred Lonberg-Holm’s Lightbox Orchestra. In November, 2003, Tim was selected as one of “Thirteen Drummers For The Future” by Downbeat Magazine.
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What reviewers have said about Dan Phillips’ previous work:

Chicago Edge Ensembles’ “Decaying Orbit”

New York City Jazz Records Honorable Mention for album of the year 2017, 2018
Avant Music News’ Best of 2017
Honorable mention 2108
Tom Hulls’ Best of 2017

"The musicians are demonstrating their own style and sound – they don’t hesitate to take on adventurous and bright improvisations, moody and dynamic twists, passionate blowing culminations go down to peaceful, sad, light and solemn pieces. The variety of moods and expressions effects emotional, impressive and dynamic sound. It’s constantly changing " Review of Dan Phillips Quartet Light at Depth Avantscena 2019


“Insidious Anthem employs a small band sound reflecting the taut arrangements of leader and electric guitarist Dan Phillips, whose skills as a writer rival his improvisational talent. Hard to label.. the small group packs a strong punch” Review of Chicago Edge Ensemble Insidious Anthem New York City Jazz Record 2019


“The music on this album is filled with surprises and incredible turns., the musical language is rich expressive, vivid and incredible.” Review of Chicago Edge Ensemble Insidious Anthem Avantscena 2018

“The compositions begin with an intricate and complex sonic architecture or quiet, searching textures that highlight the rich palette of the Ensemble… Phillips sets the basic theme and the overall atmosphere. Later these parts mature into collective, free jazz improvisations that enjoy the full power and the soulful sound of the Ensemble.” Review of Chicago Edge Ensemble Insidious Anthem Salt Peanuts 2018

“Dan Phillips’ music is highly variable, constantly changing and dynamic. He masterfully puts together loud, expressive, passionate and vivacious improvisations, turbulent and free solos, subtle, peaceful and soft solos with other elements.” Review of Dan Phillips Trio Divergent Flow Avantscena 2018

“Overall this is highly original music, which offers superb musicality and unique sonic expression both artistic and professional to the core.” Review of Dan Phillips Trio Divergent Flow Polish Blog Spot 2018

“With each release Phillips’ sound continues to mature and expand. What remains unchanged is his imaginative creativity and his restless inventiveness. These and his shared musical vision with his sidemen—accomplished artists in their own rights—are what make this recording an absorbing musical treat.”. Review of Dan Phillips Trio Divergent Flow Chicago Jazz Magazine 2018”

“Chicago Edge Ensemble is an all-terrain vehicle, a quintet equally capable of negotiating the bumpity-smooth contours of swinging postbop, the banked hairpin turns of fusion-funk, the fog and ether of AACM-style intrigue and the tumultuous thicket that awaits if you gleefully careen off the road.” Review of Chicago Edge Ensemble Decaying Orbit Jazz Times 2017

“Phillips in particular proves why he’s the most under-appreciated electric guitarist from the Chicago area. There’s no hesitation or sense of compromise on Decaying Orbit. As the band name implies, this is jazz and improvisational material which goes to the edge, stays there, and doesn’t retreat.” Review of Chicago Edge Ensemble Decaying Orbit Audiophile Audition 2017

“With its palpable personality, rigorous but approachable compositions, and sure-footed sense of self, Chicago Edge Ensemble's Decaying Orbit not only pays homage to the city that Phillips loves, but also solidly places him on the map as a formidable instrumentalist and composer. It's a treat to hear him play with such a first rate band of some of Chicago - and the world's - greatest musicians.” Review of Chicago Edge Ensemble Decaying Orbit Broadway World 2017

“Dan Phillips leads a Quintet with a big Chicago sound and memorable compositions.”
Review of Chicago Edge Ensemble Decaying Orbit The Wire Magazine 2017

“Decaying Orbit” – the song and the album fulfills the of its members and furthers the legacy of its worldly leader” Review of Chicago Edge Ensemble Decaying Orbit Something Else Reviews 2017

“Chicago jazz is the complexity of the postmodern with a predisposition for rump shaking. The Quintet rarely lowers the flame below boiling.” Review of Chicago Edge Ensemble Decaying Orbit allaboutjazz 2017

“The beauty of Decaying Orbit is its broad appeal. Fans of both traditional and more adventurous jazz will find much to like here. Indeed, the Chicago Edge Ensemble does manage to succeed in representing the city’s diverse musical roots, and in a highly enjoyable fashion to boot.” Review of Chicago Edge Ensemble Decaying Orbit avantmusicnews 2017

“This is a fine album of interesting themes and powerful performances by the full ensemble and the soloists. Everyone draws deeply from the limitless well of the city’s musical history and creates a bold and thoughtful statement.” Review of Chicago Edge Ensemble Decaying Orbit jazzandbluesbloagspot. 2017

“The Variety of moods, expressions, characters and playing techniques, masterful and organic synthesis of different musical language elements and expressive and extraordinaryimprovisong create innovative sound on this album” Review of Dan Phillips Trio “Divergent Flow” Avantscena 2018

“With each release Phillips’ sound continues to mature and expand. What remains unchanged is his imaginative creativity and his restless inventiveness. These and his shared musical vision with his sidemen—accomplished artists in their own rights—are what make this recording an absorbing musical treat.” Review of Dan Phillips Trio “Divergent Flow” Chicago Jazz Magazine 2018

“the improvised pieces are easily mistaken for thoroughly composed music. The sound is coherent, coordinated and is what we might dub Chicago organic.” Allaboutjazz review of Converging Tributaries” 2017

“Much in that way a storm cloud has no definite borders or concrete shape, yet possesses a presence that implies depth (and more), the quartet of guitarist Dan Phillips, trombonist Jeb Bishop, double bassist Krzysztof Pabian and drummer Timothy Daisy rain down with plenty of free jazz improvisation, but by coalescing into the occasional groove, they provide a sense of focus and direction to music that doesn’t always move that way” “Bird is the Worm review of Converging Tributaries” 2017

“Phillips and company play with confidence. None are in a hurry to achieve any notable goal other than to add their own contributions to those of the rest of the group. Thus move seamlessly between order and chaos, with varying tone and dynamics.” Allaboutjazz review of Converging Tributaries” 2017

“Chicago Edge Ensemble is an all-terrain vehicle, a quintet equally capable of negotiating the bumpity-smooth contours of swinging postbop, the banked hairpin turns of fusion-funk, the fog and ether of AACM-style intrigue and the tumultuous thicket that awaits if you gleefully careen off the road.” Review of Chicago Edge Ensemble Decaying Orbit Jazz Times 2017

“Phillips in particular proves why he’s the most under-appreciated electric guitarist from the Chicago area. There’s no hesitation or sense of compromise on Decaying Orbit. As the band name implies, this is jazz and improvisational material which goes to the edge, stays there, and doesn’t retreat.” Review of Chicago Edge Ensemble Decaying Orbit Audiophile Audition 2017

“With its palpable personality, rigorous but approachable compositions, and sure-footed sense of self, Chicago Edge Ensemble's Decaying Orbit not only pays homage to the city that Phillips loves, but also solidly places him on the map as a formidable instrumentalist and composer. It's a treat to hear him play with such a first rate band of some of Chicago - and the world's - greatest musicians.” Review of Chicago Edge Ensemble Decaying Orbit Broadway World 2017

“Dan Phillips leads a Quintet with a big Chicago sound and memorable compositions.”
Review of Chicago Edge Ensemble Decaying Orbit The Wire Magazine 2017

“Decaying Orbit” – the song and the album fulfills the of its members and furthers the legacy of its worldly leader” Review of Chicago Edge Ensemble Decaying Orbit Something Else Reviews 2017

“Chicago jazz is the complexity of the postmodern with a predisposition for rump shaking. The Quintet rarely lowers the flame below boiling.” Review of Chicago Edge Ensemble Decaying Orbit allaboutjazz 2017

“The beauty of Decaying Orbit is its broad appeal. Fans of both traditional and more adventurous jazz will find much to like here. Indeed, the Chicago Edge Ensemble does manage to succeed in representing the city’s diverse musical roots, and in a highly enjoyable fashion to boot.” Review of Chicago Edge Ensemble Decaying Orbit avantmusicnews 2017

“This is a fine album of interesting themes and powerful performances by the full ensemble and the soloists. Everyone draws deeply from the limitless well of the city’s musical history and creates a bold and thoughtful statement.” Review of Chicago Edge Ensemble Decaying Orbit jazzandbluesbloagspot. 2017

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released July 8, 2019

Dan Phillips Trio
Sound Energy in Space

1. Sonic Thruster (Phillips) 4.00
2. Void Illusion (Phillips) 8.41
3. Jupiter Pass (Phillips) 10;37
4. Kinetic Vibrations ( Phillips) 3;17
5. Word Fatigue (Phillips) 9.22
6. Uranus Pass (Phillips) 9:49
7. A Once Forested Hill (Phillips) 6.58
8. String Reduction (Phillips, Pabian) 6:05
9. Emphatic Resonance (Phillips) 7:09
10. Neptune Pass (Phillips) 12:18
Total 78:46


Dan Phillips Trio
Dan Phillips – Guitar
Timothy Daisy – Drums
Krzysztof Pabian _ Bass

www,danphillipsmusic.com
www.facebook.com/danphillipsguitarist

Produced by Dan Phillips
Recorded Mixed and Mastered by Dave Zuchowski

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