Phil Denny – Urban Troubadour

Saxophonist Phil Denny was in the recent time active as promoter for numerous events. Since the Corona pandemic these activities are reduced to a minimum. A good opportunity to work on a new project. Phil has already released four albums. Crossover (2012), The Messenger (2013), Upswing (2015) and Align (2018). His newest project is Urban Troubadour (2020), an EP with five originals and one cover.

Phil Denny is joined on his new album by Michael “Big Mike” Hart Jr. (guitar, bass, programming), Greg “Buddy Bangs Reed Jr. (keys, programming), Matt Godina (keys, guitar, programming), Eric Valentine (drums), Ryan Montano (muted trumpets), Adam Hawley (keys, guitar, programming), Mel Brown (bass), Ramon Yslas (percussion), Marcus Anderson (alto sax, flute), and Matt Cusson (vocals).

The album opens with Urban Troubadour. A troubadour was a composer and performer of Old Occitan lyric poetry during the High Middle Ages. Especially in Germany this early composer of love ballads were called Minnesinger. Phil performs his saxophone with similar fervor, enticing and emotional. Michael “Big Mike” Hart Jr. and Greg “Buddy Bangs Reed Jr. create the hip sound environment with strings, funky rhythm guitar and key programming.

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