Simon Phillips Has Such a Nice Flow

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Pollyanna's Agent
Entirely agree with you Bruce... and I have this video on VHS, bought it when it came out in the early 90's :)

This link is much more recent, it feature Simon playing with Hiromi and Anthony at a recent concert, I hope you enjoy it, Simon has a very nice "flow" throughout the whole piece :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rxYw7Y45Eo



*sorry Andy, I shamelessly borrowed your link*
 

Manningluck

Senior Member
Entirely agree with you Bruce... and I have this video on VHS, bought it when it came out in the early 90's :)

This link is much more recent, it feature Simon playing with Hiromi and Anthony at a recent concert, I hope you enjoy it, Simon has a very nice "flow" throughout the whole piece :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rxYw7Y45Eo



*sorry Andy, I shamelessly borrowed your link*
I like Simon's playing a lot. However this trio is not my cup of tea compared to other groups he's played in. Interesting to watch though.
 
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Drumolator

Platinum Member
I love that stuff! Simon is a great drummer. Anyone whose sub is Steve Smith must be good. Peace and goodwill.
 
What is neat is the Open-Handed method.

SP was one reason I added a 2nd Ride to the left years ago. I can say with assurance
that Shuffle beats have a better groove and are played with less tension this way than
cross-handed.

But technique aside, Simon is so great because his interpretation of music, his ear, and how that translates physically is natural, and emancipated.

Think of playing Rosanna, that shuffle is like a workout to the right hand, burns, then also think of all the "Buddy's left hand" stuff you worked on?

Now reverse that!

Simon is a pleasure to watch play.......................
 

Andy

Administrator
Staff member
This video demonstrates, to me anyway his choices as he plays. What I mean is that the kit becomes a musical instrument rather than just a percussive one and every hit has its place. Very nice. Hope you like it.


http://youtu.be/_PqxiWOxwuw
yes Bruce, it's one of many aspects of Simon's playing I like.

This clip is my absolute favourite example of Simons tasteful playing, & in a musical setting I can really relate to. Just stunning: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFGkvF_rK-A
 

Anon La Ply

Renegade
Especially like Hiromi's music - every note from each musician is played with absolute conviction, improvising with pretty well no filler or trial-and-error, nailing everything every time. A unique band.

A looser feel with Mike Stern and Lee R and he allows himself to mess around more.

Pretty well bugger all I can take from him, though - he's from another planet.
 

Bruce M. Thomson

Gold Member
Entirely agree with you Bruce... and I have this video on VHS, bought it when it came out in the early 90's :)

This link is much more recent, it feature Simon playing with Hiromi and Anthony at a recent concert, I hope you enjoy it, Simon has a very nice "flow" throughout the whole piece :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rxYw7Y45Eo



*sorry Andy, I shamelessly borrowed your link*
Indeed! It really burns intense, she is amazing, almost a little bit of Carla Bley peaking through at times. Seriously love that bass guitar as well, I don't think I have seen one (electric) where the neck diamater gets that much bigger towards the body. Love this type of Jazz.

Thanks
 

Algorhythm

Junior Member
Simon is ridiculously good. I was a latecomer to his work. I think I didn't really start listening to his music until I saw one of his somewhat recent duets with Gavin Harrison.

Needless to say, I have fallen in love.

Thanks for the vids, haven't caught some posted here.. The dude just oozes great feel. Makes the walls sweat, as Shawn Pelton (another great SP!) would say.
 

Andy

Administrator
Staff member
Simon is ridiculously good. I was a latecomer to his work. I think I didn't really start listening to his music until I saw one of his somewhat recent duets with Gavin Harrison.

Needless to say, I have fallen in love.

Thanks for the vids, haven't caught some posted here.. The dude just oozes great feel. Makes the walls sweat, as Shawn Pelton (another great SP!) would say.
Thanks for chiming in, & welcome to the forum!

At least Henri & myself are (unfortunately) career long fans of Simon's playing. I've seen him many times, & he still astounds me. There's nothing quite like experiencing Simon's power & mastery up close.
 
Simon is one of the most inspiring drummers and so damn good too. We had a cadence in drumline named after him. We called it "Simon Says". Without question of my all-time favorite drummers his record with Jeff Beck still blows my mind.
 
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