Journey in Mind
Dan Phillips Trio 'Journey In Mind' is the first release for Dan Phillips under his own name. It features all original compositions that are primarily reflextions on an expedition he led into the uncharted interior of the Borneo jungle. Although this is a first release Dan had been leading his own groups in New York and Chicago for more than a decade prior. Dan Phillips Bio Dan Phillips has been an international jazz guitarist, bandleader, educator and composer for more than fifteen years and during this time he has performed throughout North America, and Asia developing an original voice and approach to improvised music. The Dan Phillips Trio has been the primary vehicle for the expression of this voice and the Trio has taken on many forms in both New York and Chicago. The Chicago Trio is the one that has come into to it's own through two original recordings 'Journey in Mind' and 'Moment of Clarity' as well as through regular live performances. Dan began his pursuits as a student at Berklee College of Music in Boston. While at Berklee, Dan was selected as the guitarist to represent the College at the 1990 Montreal Jazz Festival. After graduating from Berklee in 1990 he moved to New York City and began his performing career. In New York he continued to lead his own groups as well as perform in a variety of settings as a free-lance guitarist. His ensembles included many of the new voices in improvised music such as Jim Black, Ben Street, Chris Speed, Owen Howard, John Arruccci, Pat Zimmerly and Mike Sarin. In 1996 he moved to Chicago and again began leading his own groups. These groups have included Tim Mulvenna, Chad Taylor, Krzysztof Pabian, Phil Gratteau and Tatsu Aoki among many others. He also returned to school and received a Masters in Jazz pedagogy from Northwestern Univesity. In 2001 Dan made a decision to broaden his experience by leaving the United States and absorbing himself in another culture and environment. He relocated to Bangkok, Thailand and began teaching fulltime and acting as Director of Jazz Studies at Mahidol University College of Music. While in Thailand he performed throughout the country became a well known free-lance guitarist. In 2004 Dan relocated yet again to Tokyo, Japan where he is a free-lance guitarist and band leader. After a Thailand Jazz Festival appearance and some Chicago gigs the Trio has reccorded a new CD 'Destination Unknown' to be released soon. Dan has also performed with many international musicians not prreviously mentioned such as: Gerald Wilson, Danillo Perez, Judy Roberts, Jeff Parker, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Lalah Hathaway and Matt Darriau. Dan has performed at jazz festivals in Japan, Canada, Thailand and the U.S. Phil Gratteau Bio Phil is a long time, 'first call' drummer in Chicago with a diverse and successful musical background. He has worked with everyone from local Chicago legends such as Von Freeman and Marian McPartland to international stars like Joe Henderson. Krzysztof Pabian Bio Krzysztof Pabian hails from Europe as a classical-trained bassist. He began his music studies at the age of 8 on piano and switched to bass at age 14. Krzysztof moved to the U.S. in 1993 where he studied at Northwestern University. Krzysztof has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Civic Orchestra. He has also worked in an array of new music ensembles under the direction of Pierre Boulez, Daniel Baenboim, Christopher Eshenbach, Zubin Matha, Lawerence Foster, and Pinchas Zukerman. In the area of Jazz Krzysztof has performed with Danillo Perez, Judy Roberts, Max Roach, Ron Blake and the Lincoln Center Jazz Sextet. Krzysztof has toured throughout North America, Europe and Asia.