Philip Catherine has been on the forefront of the European jazz scene since the sixties. His work great artists like Chet Baker, Larry Coryell, Tom Harrell, NHOP, Stéphane Grappelli, Charles Mingus, his unique approach and sound, his dedication to music have been important and influential.
Philip Catherine was born in London in 1942. Being from a musical family (his grandfather was first violin with the London Symphony Orchestra), he developed a musical ear from an early age. He took up the guitar after having discovered Brassens and Django Reinhardt, and started listening to all the great jazzmen of the period. Very soon he had the opportunity to meet some of them, and often accompanied them when they played in Belgium where his family had moved to by then.
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Concert in CapBreton : « If you're a Philip Catherine fan, you will need this recording, and if you haven't heard him before, this album will have you hooked. Charlie Mingus once called Philip the “young Django, and he performed regularly with Stephane Grappelli - he is a true gypsy jazz treasure, and this is one his major achievements. . » AllAboutJazz.com
« Dans son nouvel album, Philip Catherine fait preuve d’un jeu de guitare à la sensibilité légendaire et d’une créativité musicale exceptionnelle. » (Romain Decoret - Guitarist, 5/2010)
« Concert in Capbreton » : CHOC (Jazzmagazine/Jazzman, 5/2010)
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