Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Rock
The second release on Wondercap Records is the reissue of Sam Phipps' (Sluggo of Oingo Boingo fame) 1981 solo effort "Animal Sounds", originally released on the micro indie label Dream Records. Maestro Tenor Sax player Phi... more »
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The second release on Wondercap Records is the reissue of Sam Phipps' (Sluggo of Oingo Boingo fame) 1981 solo effort "Animal Sounds", originally released on the micro indie label Dream Records. Maestro Tenor Sax player Phipps is joined by legendary pianist John Larkin (later to become Scatman John) on this 6 track album, whom Sam calls a cross between McCoy Tyner and Cecil Taylor. As a bonus, we have added 4 tracks from a live radio performance by Phipps and Larkin to fill out the disc. Beautiful and melodic/modal at times, then way out at others, this album is an unearthed classic.
Finally Issued on CD!
Owen D. Summers | Austin, Texas USA | 03/23/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"(Note, this was originally written for my blog in November, 2007.)
It's been a long time since my last post, but my computer was down for awhile and threw me off. Hopefully, more regular posts will be coming in the future.
Tim Price first hipped me to Sam Phipps about a year and a half ago, telling me that he was one of the giants on the west coast. Sam is best known as Sluggo, the saxophonist, from Oingo Boingo. Unfortunately, his Animal Sounds record never got rereleased on CD and was difficult to track down. I finally found an LP copy about 6 months ago and was absolutely blown away by Mr. Phipps' creativity and artistic vision. He stands tall with one foot based in tradition and the other brashly looking ahead. You can hear Prez and Hawk deep in his playing. His solo saxophone on the Ben Webster tune, Woke Up Clipped showcases this perfectly. That's the thing about Sam Phipps- he has deep roots in tradition, which allows him to create fresh and new music with everything he does.
Now you're all going "Great, I've been told about this recording, but can't get a copy since it's out of print." Great news- Animal Sounds was rereleased on CD and Itunes earlier this Fall and it is a must buy. Check it out.
As a sidenote, check out this video of Sam Phipps blowing with Oingo Boingo. The tenor solo is at the very end.