Dan Phillips Trio: A Moment of Clarity (2005)
Phillips likes to set up a groove. He can write a melody that jumps and skips, as "Crosswalk" does before it breaks into free form. The textures weave and bob, taking flight on the wings of their imagination. A soft shade, pastel colours in slow whirl, brings in "Same Moon Different Place" as Phillips leaves wide spaces filled at first by arco and then by percussion. And as the guitar seeks and finds its pensive path, its journey is illuminated by the austere plucking of Fabian and the fragile brushwork of Mulvenna. On the main tune, Phillips sets up a cycle that is countenanced by the bowing of Fabian. The mood they set up unravels itself in new age atmospherics, gentle and pretty, but not without emotion, which is the crux of any song.
Phillips may chart his course at the outset, but he makes the experience interesting by taking a turn, breaking up the rhythm, and scattering the edifice. In the unknown lies welcome surprise.
Track Listing: Almost Even; Crosswalk; Lizard Love; A Moment of Clarity; Circle Talk; Same Moon Different Place; Mara; Minor Third degree Burn; Pensive; Gone
Personnel: Dan Phillips--guitar; Tim Mulvenna--drums; Krzysztof Pabian--bass
Record Label: Self Produced
Style: Modern Jazz