Simon Phillips – Vantage Point


Simon Phillips has been a studio drummer, record producer, and member of Toto for decades. Joined on this record by Jeff Babko, Walt Fowler, Brandon Fields and Weather Report’s Alphonso Johnson

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Simon Phillips, drums
Jeff Babko, piano
Walt Fowler, trumpet and flugelhorn
Brandon Fields, saxophone
Alphonso Johnson, acoustic bass

Simon Phillips and Jeff Babko are co-leaders and writers of the charts for this acoustic, traditional jazz ensemble. Simon, who hails from the UK and is one of the or the past 30 years. He has performed/worked with rock music’s A-list including Mick Jagger, The Who, Jeff Beck, Jack Bruce, Peter Gabriel, Joe Satriani, Tears for Fears, Judas Priest, Roxy Music, Michael Schenker, Nik Kershaw, Phd., Al DiMeola, 801, Pete Townshend, Russ Ballard, Robert Palmer, StanleyClarke, The Pretenders, Jon Anderson, Whitesnake and Dave Gilmour… to name but a few.

Jeff Babko, a native of Southern California, studied with David Roitstein at the prestigious California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California…while still in junior high school. A uniquely talented keyboardist, Babko is currently the keyboardist for ABC-TV’s late night show “Jimmy Kimmel Live” while maintaining a very busy schedule of sessions and collaborations. He has worked with James Taylor, Julio Iglesias, Larry Carlton, Toto and contributed original compositions to numerous television shows. His session work includes the classic comedy “The 40 Year Old Virgin”, as well as “Garden State”, “Super Bad”, “Up In The Air”, “Date Night”, “Made”, “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”, “Get Him To The Greek” and more.

Together with trumpeter Walt Fowler, saxophonist Brandon Fields and bassist Alphonso Johnson (of Weather Report), Simon and Jeff performed some old and new material for our cameras and high-resolution recording equipment. The music is high energy, melodically complex and rhythmic intricate…and wonderfully expressive. They describe the style as traditional acoustic jazz, but it is infused with lots of interesting odd meters and mutliple layers of complex rhythms. 

AIX Records’ premium DVD-Audio/Video have two sides. The first side in an interactive DVD-Video disc and the other side is a DVD-Audio disc [which requires a DVD-Audio capable machine to play it back].

The sound of this recording brings these incredible instrumentalists into your listening space. The HD-Audio surround mixes immerse you in the musical interplay with full range frequency response and dynamics. Check out Vantage Point for some great jazz.

Audio Examples:

  1. Bless Them Rains –
  2. Blind Sided –
  3. Palls Mall –
  4. New Resolution –
  5. Wet Jackson –
  6. Sting Like A Bee –
  7. Loco Moco –