Lost Jazz Verses Refreshed In New Robin Phillips Album

November 08, 2019 - 494 views

The new album by UK jazz singer / pianist Robin Phillips looks at the lost verses of a collection of classic jazz standards, “re-versing” them in a series of new arrangements.

The album features a roster of top UK jazz musicians and will be launched on Sat 30th November at London’s Pizza Express Jazz Club, on Dean Street in Soho.


The ‘sectional verses’ of jazz standards are introductions before the more commonly-known refrain starts. Originally used as a link between the spoken and sung parts of a scene in musical theatre, these verses often explain and set up the story which is to unfold in the main part of the tune. Many of the verses have been lost over time and are no longer performed as part of the song, perhaps lost due to restrictions in recording medium such as vinyl, or simply due to the limitations of musicians’ memories who focussed on the main refrain when committing the standards to memory.

In ‘Re-Versed’, Robin has selected nine classic standards to reconnect with their original verses, and in some uses them as a verse in the traditional verse/chorus sense, returning to them after the solo sections or at the end.

“I spent some time researching as many songs with lost verses as I could, gigging them and trying to make them my own. I wanted to choose songs for the album where people knew the main refrain, but would not be familiar with the verse. I particularly enjoy that moment on gigs where the main refrain kicks in and the audience suddenly realises they have been listening to a song they know, but with additional elements that explains more about the story of the song,” explained Robin.

The album features Robin on piano and vocals, joined by top UK jazz musicians: Brandon Allen on tenor sax, Sammy Mayne on alto sax, Jihad Darwish on bass, and Seb De Krom on drums.

The launch event for the album will take place at Pizza Express Dean Street in London’s Soho at a lunchtime performance on Saturday 30th November. Children (5-16yrs) can attend the launch for free, to enable people with children to attend the event as a family, and for the kids to get a chance to attend a jazz club performance.

The lead song from the album can be seen and heard in a music video which is now live on YouTube, featuring Robin playing a ‘pop up piano’ on a beach at dawn, as well as motorbike footage.

The album was recorded entirely at the repmusic studio in Cambridgeshire that Robin has been developing over the past five years, with Robin producing the album from start to finish. The studio was developed to enable Robin to record more frequently for online content, and also to enable him to spend more time on recordings to achieve the results he desired.


Another song from the album will be launched in a second music video ahead of the London event, featuring footage of Robin’s recent music cities road trip in the USA; complete footage of which will be unveiled in a documentary in the New Year.

London launch event: https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/robin-phillips-reversed

Music video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/ydO0UBtTPBM

- Kids go free info:

Children aged between 5 – 16 yrs can attend the launch event for free, up to 2 children per paying adult, contact the Pizza Express box office for bookings – 0207 439 4962

- Links:

www.repmusic.co.uk / Tw: @robinpjazz / IN: @repmusicIG / FB: /repmusicLIVE


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