Philip Catherine Quartet

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14/01/2014 at 20:00 - Brussels - Centre For Fine Arts

Philip Catherine Quartet
Philip Catherine: guitar; Johan Clement: piano; Bart Denolf: double bass; Lionel Beuvens: drums
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.

Philip Catherine has played in the most prestigious concert halls, from the Berlin Philharmonic to the Carnegie Hall, from the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam to the Olympia and Salle Pleyel in Paris and the Palais des Beaux-Arts of Brussels.

About the solo album “Guitars Two” (2008, Dreyfus Jazz) the magazine Guitarist Acoustic wrote : “simply one of the most beautiful cd’s of this year”. The CD “Concert in CapBreton” (2010, Dreyfus Jazz) is a magic live recording with an all star line up. AllAboutJazz wrote: “ 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 (…) This is one his major achievements.”

“Philip Catherine plays Cole Porter” - in Quartet with Karel Boehlee (p), Philippe Aerts (b) and Martijn Vink (dr) - was released in 2011 on Challenge Records and received among others the CHOC in JazzMag.

Philip Catherine celebrated his 70th birthday in October 2012 with a new CD and a memorable anniversary concert at the Brussels ‘Palais des Beaux-Arts’ received with a standing ovation from the full house.

The album "Coté Jardin" (10/2012, Challenge Records) is recorded with his new quartet : great italian pianist Nicola Andrioli, young drum phenomenon Antoine Pierre and longstanding companion Philippe Aerts on bass, plus additional keyboards by Philippe Decock and, a première, daughter Isabelle Catherine sings a beautiful text by Jacques Duvall on the title track. The repertoire consists of own compositions, some by Andrioli as well as a Georges Brassens song, and enchants both jazz fans and classical music lovers.

In january 2014 will be released an album for ACT Music, a duo recording with great German musician Martin Wind on double bass.

Philip Catherine continues relentlessly and open-minded his search for renewal and perfection. The formulas with which he performs give him the rhythmic support and freedom to unfold his wide palette of musical styles, from that irresistible groovy rock sound to the broad lyrical phrases of which he is a master.

The US magazine ‘Downbeat’ wrote: “He is one of the most accomplished and rewarding guitarists now playing jazz”.

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