PHIL UPCHURCH

RnB • United States
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American soul - rhythm 'n' blues guitarist, born 19 July 1941 in Chicago, USA.

Prominent member of the Chicago Music scene since the early 50's. A well respected teacher and instructor in addition to his performing reputation. His main body of work can be heard on projects by George Benson, Bobby Blue Bland, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, Kenny G , Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Howlin' Wolf, Quincy Jones, Chaka Khan, Earl Klugh, Curtis Mayfield, Muddy Waters, and countless sound tracks and other projects.

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PHIL UPCHURCH You Can't Sit Down Part Two album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
You Can't Sit Down Part Two
RnB 1961
PHIL UPCHURCH The Big Hit Dances album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Big Hit Dances
RnB 1962
PHIL UPCHURCH Feeling Blue album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Feeling Blue
RnB 1968
PHIL UPCHURCH Upchurch album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Upchurch
RnB 1969
PHIL UPCHURCH The Way I Feel album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Way I Feel
RnB 1969
PHIL UPCHURCH Darkness Darkness album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
Darkness Darkness
RnB 1972
PHIL UPCHURCH Lovin' Feeling album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Lovin' Feeling
RnB 1973
PHIL UPCHURCH Upchurch/Tennyson album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Upchurch/Tennyson
RnB 1975
PHIL UPCHURCH Phil Upchurch album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Phil Upchurch
RnB 1978
PHIL UPCHURCH Revelation album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Revelation
RnB 1982
PHIL UPCHURCH Free & Easy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Free & Easy
RnB 1982
PHIL UPCHURCH Name Of The Game album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Name Of The Game
RnB 1983
PHIL UPCHURCH Companions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Companions
RnB 1984
PHIL UPCHURCH Phil Upchurch Presents L.A. Jazz Quintet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Phil Upchurch Presents L.A. Jazz Quintet
RnB 1986
PHIL UPCHURCH Dolphin Dance album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dolphin Dance
RnB 1987
PHIL UPCHURCH Midnite Blue album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Midnite Blue
RnB 1991
PHIL UPCHURCH All I Want album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
All I Want
RnB 1991
PHIL UPCHURCH Whatever Happened to the Blues album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Whatever Happened to the Blues
RnB 1992
PHIL UPCHURCH Love Is Strange album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Love Is Strange
RnB 1995
PHIL UPCHURCH Tell The Truth! album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Tell The Truth!
RnB 2001

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PHIL UPCHURCH Upchurch/Tennyson

Album · 1975 · RnB
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Upchurch continues his streak of tasteful and eclectic r&bish jazz on this collaboration with Chicago pianist and vocalist Tennyson Stephens. Produced by Creed Taylor, engineered by Rudy Van Gelder, and released on Kudu in 1975, this set features some of Taylor's usual cast in Bob James, Eric Gale, a young David Sanborn, Hubert Laws, Steve Gadd...

Upchurch's masterful guitar steals the spotlight on this collection, yet the music give the others room to display their chops. It's funky and happy in spots, slow and tender in others. Recommended songs are the gorgeous update on "Ave Maria" and the simmering funk on the cover of the Rufus and Chaka Khan classic "Tell me Something Good".

Not as urban or gritty as Upchurch's 2 previous albums, this album was meant to appeal to pop audiences much the same as Grover Washington Jr's hit album "Mr. Magic". The production is somewhat slick and pop-oriented, and the songs sound like they could be featured on a Bosom Buddies episode or a Neil Simon film. Still, the project works well and this is fun to listen to. I'd put this at four stars under normal circumstances, but I waited a long time to find this one and it was worth the wait. That bumps it up half a star in my collection. It's a good album that deserves to live on, and the Upchurch name should be held in the same esteem as other jazz guitar giants of the 1970's.

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