Phil Upchurch

Chicago-born guitarist and bassist Phil Upchurch has been backing jazz, blues, and pop stars for over 50 years. What magic formula has allowed him to record and perform with everyone from Otis Rush and Donny Hathaway to George Benson and Michael Jackson? Aside from Upchurch’s immense talent and versatility, it also has to do with the fact that the guitarist is very detail oriented”particularly when it comes to rhythmic and melodic phrasing. Whether comping or soloing, Upchurch thinks like a drummer and always plays with and not on top of the band.

“If you listen to [drummer] Philly Joe Jones’ snare, you can get a lot of ideas for rhythmic comping on the guitar,” offers Upchurch, who also points to Miles Davis”with his masterful blend of sustained notes and silence”as essential listening for all aspiring jazzers

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Albums

Lovin' Feeling
Lovin' Feeling

2008
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Feeling Blue
Feeling Blue
Fantasy Jazz
2004
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[no cover]
Upchurch/Tennyson
Acta
2003
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[no cover]
Love Is Strange
Acta
1995
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[no cover]
Whatever Happened To...
Acta
1992
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[no cover]
Name Of The Game
Acta
1992
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