Philip Catherine has been on the forefront of the European jazz scene since the sixties and worked with great artists like Chet Baker, Stéphane Grappelli, Charlie Mingus and Dexter Gordon. His unique approach and sound, his dedication to music have been important and influential, and today he is a source of inspiration for many artists of the new generation.
Born in London in 1942 and being from a musical family, he developed a musical ear from an early age. When he was 18 he already toured Europe with Lou Bennett. With his recordings September Man and Guitars in the mid-seventies, jazz amateurs all over the world discovered not only a brilliant guitarist but also a talented composer: themes like Homecomings and Nairam have become famous.
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Catherine had chosen a very special line-up for his birthday concert, with not only Gerry Brown but also Antoine Pierre (TaxiWars) behind the drums, and with two pianists, Bert Vanden Brink and Nicola Andrioli, who were back to back, complementing each other perfectly and a delightful played duet.
The American drummer Gerry Brown had traveled to Brussels especially for the 75th birthday of the guitarist, and that was the reason to take old songs from under the dust. Like 'Nineteen seventy fourths', a piece from September Man from 1974,(...) . With the addition of the trumpet of Bert Joris and the electric bass of Nicolas Fiszman we got to hear an energetic jazz rock à la Miles Davis