Barre Phillips

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Barre Phillips, moers festival 2008

Barre Phillips (born October 27, 1934 in San Francisco ) is an American bassist who specializes in creative jazz and new improvisation music . His bass playing is on the one hand obliged to a free tonality, but is still based on a deep melodiousness.

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After studying Romance studies at Berkeley University, Phillips came to New York City in 1962 , where he had double bass lessons with Frederick Zimmermann . In 1963 he appeared in a Third Stream project by Gunther Schuller with Eric Dolphy at Carnegie Hall and also recorded a concert by Larry Austin with the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Leonard Bernstein . Since 1964 he was a member of Jimmy Giuffres Trio; with the sextet of George Russellhe came to Europe for the first time. Between 1965 and 1967 he also worked with the guitarist Attila Zoller and Archie Shepp .

In 1967 he went to Europe permanently. There he worked in an orchestral project in 1969 with John Lennon and Yoko Ono and with Mike Westbrook , then with Rolf Kühn , Michel Portal and Joachim Kühn , but above all in the style-forming The Trio with John Surman and Stu Martin . In the 1980s he led his own groups. In 1985 he toured with Paul McCandless and Theo Jörgensmann in a trio. He has also performed with the Accroche Note ensemble , with Derek Bailey and Gunter Hampel and Jeanne Lee . Since 1986 he has worked on projects with his British bass colleague Barry Guy , in particular with the London Jazz Composers Orchestra (until 1995). In the 1990s, recordings were made with Ornette Coleman , Franz Koglmann ( O Moon My Pin-Up ) as well as with Evan Parker and Paul Bley .

His solo record "Journal Violone" from 1968 is considered to be the first bass solo album of jazz (further solo records of his will follow, most recently in 1998 and 2001). In 1971 he also recorded the first double bass duo album with Dave Holland . Mention should also be made of his collaboration with the composer Pauline Oliveros , his recording with the classical double bass virtuoso Bertram Turetzky and the double bass quartet After You've Gone .

In addition, composes film music a . a. for Marcel Camus , Jacques Rivette , Robert Kramer and Frédéric Fisbach as well as ballet music for Carolyn Carlson . He has often worked with the singer Claudia Phillips , his daughter. Phillips was Chairman of the International Society of Bassists in 2003 .

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  1. Felix Klopotek , in: Wolf Kampmann Reclams Jazzlexikon Stuttgart 2003, p. 413