Flip Phillips

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In 1954, tenor saxophonist Flip Phillips moved to Florida, where aside from occasional tours, he has been content to play locally in semi-retirement ever since. During the 1955-74 period, Phillips only recorded one record as a leader (for Sue in 1963, later reissued by Onyx), so the discovery of a duet tape (also from 1963) with guitarist Dell Staton helped to partly fill a gap. This mid-1970s LP finds Phillips in excellent form playing a variety of his favorite standards. A virtual unknown due to his decision to stick close to Florida, Staton sounds fine in support. Although the recording quality is not quite state-of-the-art, the superior playing by Flip on such songs as "Ja Da," "Nuages," "Jazz Me Blues" and "Gone With the Wind" (plus his "With Someone New") makes this an LP to look for.

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