Your music is you and you are the music the common evolution of excellence between and artiste and the craft. To practice and achieve the heights of this level you must first know yourself and discard limitations. With Mike Phillips extraordinary horn manipulation and performance on newly released Uncommon Denominator by Hidden Beach Recordings those limitations have been pushed aside to let the tones and resonance prevail. Uncommon Denominator is "Complex Cool" of the highest approval!
Rich innovation and tempo, Mr. Phillips takes the sounds around him and with his saxophone burns a consistent spin cycle of multi-genre jazz. The inclusion of melodic vocals placed precisely within the most strategic moods of the recording, the disc offers a new sound. This is a very honest piece of hard work that will steal your attention away from what surrounds you!
"G-Money’ is the saxophone of Mr. Phillips in overdrive as powerful as his talent will let him be. This cut shows the depth of his musical knowledge with the melody performed.
Latin fever unleashes its passion in "Fiesta" with the fine scent of the strings making connection with Phillips brass. The flow of progression from sound to mood, mood to sound is a pure delight. A must cut to spin frequently.
Phillips saxophone cries out emotion and heartache out of the cut "If U Had A Heart," which drips with a smooth jazz flavor consistently. This sound speaks what may be inside all of us that have been injured by cold lonely nights, a beautiful piece of brass arrangement.
Mr. Phillips has offered his heart, mind, and creativity for us to embrace. This will open your mind and exercise your spirit for seldom dose a musician on his sophomore-recording leap to a higher level with such flair. Take the time and be ready for a poignant experience.