Denver-native vocalist Tina Phillips puts together an even decat of original compositions with the backing of either a full piano jazz rhythm section or in the more intimate duo confines. Her music has a bubbly, confident quality that is immediately accessible by listeners. 'Fly, Snow, Time, Sigh" is a swinging introduction that juxtaposes favorably with the ballad character of the title piece. Phillips' two duo pieces, "Each Day" and "It" display her sure vocal control and capability as a composer and lyricist. In an environment clotted with "standards" recordings, Philips' So Heavenly offers the provocative and welcome alternative of newly minted music well written and performed. Pianists Eric Gunnison and Art Lande provide plush and precise direction to the singer with both sensitive and informed comping and soloing. A pleasure to hear.

C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz

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Tina Phillips has been traveling the adventurous road for many years. Her new album, “So Heavenly”, collects ten original songs composed over the past fifteen years. The musicians who accompany her - master accompanists Lande and Eric Gunnison alternating on piano, the powerfully swinging Mark Simon on bass, and the ever-resourceful Jill Fredericksen on drums - have worked with Phillips for many years and are clearly familiar with her advanced musical conception. The songs combine well crafted and poetic lyrics with settings that include frequent episodes of rubato, mixed meter, and harmonic modulation. Phillips’ pieces reflect on important people and events in her life. The range of emotions in her lyrics is quite impressive, from the gushing love of the title track (dedicated to Phillips’ granddaughter) through the free associations of “Fly, Snow, Time, Sigh” and the sly humor of “It”. When mixed in with Phillips’ imaginative and unpredictable melodic lines, the message of the songs are sometimes obscured, but the sensitive arrangements and the band’s experience playing them - balance things out, as when the band plays a deliberately pedestrian beat to introduce Phillips’ comic tale of a mismatched couple, “I’m Just a Simple Girl” or in the subtle rhythmic shifts that occur within “Musical Flavors”. (It is particularly instructive to listen to Fredericksen’s remarkable work on these tracks. There are preciously few drummers who can dig into the music as she can, finding all of the right places to accentuate the inner pulses of the music). Phillips continually surprises the listener with her imaginative melodic variations and her daring scat solos. She uses her wide range and remarkable harmonic sense to great advantage throughout the album, never choosing the easy path, but nearly always finding the most interesting direction. While Phillips’ music is progressive, it retains accessibility. The shifts in tempo, meter and key are understated, and they follow an undeniable musical logic.

Thomas Cunniffe, JazzHistoryOnLine

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Some singers have a great voice, but you (Tina) are a jazz musician whose voice is her instrument. You are one of those who has a great voice and you use it in a way many singers do not.

Bill Fairchild/Longmont Jazz Festival

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A talented jazz singer equally at home interpreting ballads as she is scatting...(she) pays tribute to the tradition while adding something very personal of her own. Her lovely voice is quite appealing and accessible...(she) obviously has a great future.

Scott Yanow

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She’s come up with a flawless 12-track album which covers songs written by such diverse composers as Thelonious Monk and the Gershwin brothers, not to mention one of her own. Her voice is as immaculate as her control of it – one minute she’s scatting, the next giving a ballad her own special treatment. She tackles Monk’s Straight No Chaser, a difficult number for a vocalist, with the aplomb of a long-time pro – singing the words and scatting to Art Lande's excellent Monk impression of SNC. She does the same with Blue Monk but one of the outstanding tracks – and it’s difficult to pick out one – is her delicious version of Black Orpheus. Tina is a real find and aficionados of the idiom should make this a must disc to add to their collection. Outstandingly good. Tracklisting: Angel Eyes, Straight No Chaser, Then I’ll Be Tired Of You, Black Orpheus, Where Will I Be, It’s All Right With Me, Morning, Cheek To Cheek, How Long Has This Been Going On, Blue Monk, It Might As Well Be Spring, Don’t Blame Me.

Mike Cook - www.euroclubdejazz.com

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Tina Phillips bebop jazz singer was cool and sweet.

Tim Van Schmidt for King Koncert/NewWestFest

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"A fine singer who always has a smile in her voice, Tina Phillips does justice to every song she interprets without being shy to take chances.  She is consistently fun to watch."
 
Scott Yanow, jazz journalist and author of nine jazz books

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Tina Phillips, Top 100 downloads - All About Jazz Italy

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Nominated for 2006 Mayors Awards For Excellence in the Arts

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Nominated and selected for listing in Worlds Who's Who In
Jazz, Cabaret Music and Entertainment volumes II & III

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The Gold Chart:  Best Albums of 2005 and 2006
Tina Phillips - Adventurous Jazz

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Listed in "The Jazz Singers The Ultimate Guide" By Scott Yanow