Philip Catherine: Coffee Groove
Philip Catherine (guitar)
Blue Prince (Dreyfus Jazz FDM 36614-2)
Composed by Philip Catherine.
Recorded: Paris, June 13, 14, 15, 2000
Rating: 85/100 (learn more)
A brisk, rhythmically challenging theme, with a twist of the songs that made the Blue Note label famous in the '60s. The Belgian guitarist starts the new millennium with an all-European quartet that fits him like a glove. On bass and drums is a tight, powerful Dutch-Belgian pair, whose support any soloist would dream of. The frontline is busy with the leader’s both rooted and innovative guitar lines, that fuse the best of jazz harmonies and rock’s energy. On the trumpet, Bert Joris has no problem, with his strong and delicate musicianship, following the path of Chet Baker and Tom Harrell, in whose bands Catherine played at length. As far as jazz is concerned, Belgium is definitely not a small country!
Reviewer: Thierry QuĂ©num