A Sound Investment

A Sound Investment

by Flip Phillips



By sheer coincidence, this album was recorded a few months before and released just one month after the 1987 stock market crash; hence the upticking curve on the graph depicted on the jacket became a positive antidote of sorts to the financial screwups of the time. But without even seeing the jacket, one is always aware of the good vibes these tenor players generate in these small-combo contemporary swing sessions. Already in his 70s, Flip still plays with mature, husky soul, a slightly wailing upper register, and a feeling for space, while Hamilton's busier, directly booming tone becomes a neutral foil. Of the eight tunes, five of them are by Phillips, and the two rarely miss an opportunity to trade riffs good-naturedly in a friendly JATP manner. Good supporting cast, too, with guitarist Chris Flory making his mark as the ghost of Charlie Christian peers over the music stand.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0013431433422
catalogNumber: 4334

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Flip Phillips   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Aretha Franklin   Piano,Electric Piano,Vocals
Gwen Guthrie   Background Vocals
Donny Hathaway   Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
John Bunch   Piano
Chris Flory   Guitar
Scott Hamilton   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Bob James   Keyboards
Chuck Rainey   Bass
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Deodato   Electric Piano
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion
Kenneth Bichel   Synthesizer
Margaret Branch   Background Vocals
Cissy Houston   Background Vocals
Ann S. Clark   Background Vocals
Stanley Clarke   Bass
Judy Clay   Background Vocals
Cornell Dupree   Guitar
Phil Flanigan   Bass
Hilary James   Organ
Rick Marotta   Drums
Hugh McCracken   Guitar
Pancho Morales   Percussion
Gene Orloff   Concert Master
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Drums
Chuck Riggs   Drums
Myrna Smith   Background Vocals
Pat Smith   Background Vocals
David Spinozza   Guitar
Richard Tee   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Willie Weeks   Bass
Deidre Tuck   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

William Eaton   Arranger
Aretha Franklin   Producer
Deodato   Arranger
Howard Albert   Engineer
Ron Albert   Engineer
Tom Dowd   Producer
Ira Gitler   Liner Notes
Lewis Hahn   Engineer
Carl Jefferson   Producer
Arif Mardin   Arranger,Producer,Remixing
Gene Paul   Engineer
Phil Ramone   Engineer
Ed Trabanco   Engineer
Jerry Wexler   Producer
David Nathan   Liner Notes
Coco Shinomiya   Art Direction

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