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Released Feb 23, 1999
Simon Phillips has always set the standard for innovative drumming. His aggressive style, combining elements of rock, jazz, Latin and funk, has made him one of the most successful studio musicians in history. Although he has recorded with some of the biggest names in music, Another Lifetime is Simon's first foray as a solo recording artist, composer and band leader.
Simon's professional music career began at the age of 12, performing and recording with his father's Dixieland Jazz band. Starting with a toy drum kit at age 4, Simon moved on to a snare drum and cymbal his mother bought for him. His father rehearsed a couple of songs with six year old Simon, and later persuaded a producer at the BBC to record Simon with the band. It was at the age of 12 that he joined the band full time and went on the road, gaining lots of experience in gigging and playing broadcasts. After the sudden death of his father, Simon disbanded the jazz band to follow his own musical path.
It wasn't until he discovered bands like Blood Sweat and Tears and Chicago in the 70's that rock became a big influence on Simon, and he started seriously listening to guitarists like Jimi Hendrix and John McLaughlin. A recommendation from a pianist from his father's band led to a gig drumming for the London stage show of Jesus Christ Superstar that lasted for about a year. This exposed him to many other musicians and Simon started performing on demos for cast members, resulting in more session work. Over the next two decades he would go on the record and perform with virtually hundreds of rock and jazz artists including: Jack Bruce (How's Tricks), Jeff Beck (There and Back, Flash, Beckology), Pete Townshend (Empty Glass, All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes), Mick Jagger (Primitive Cool), The Who (Join Together) , Mike Oldfield (Discovery, Moonlight Shadow), Frank Zappa, Peter Gabriel (Shakin' The Tree), Judas Priest (Sin After Sin), Gil Evans, Stanley Clarke (Rocks, Pebbles and Sand), Al Di Meola, Toto and Joe Satriani.
In 1997 Simon reached a personal milestone; he took his own band out on tour, and for the first time he was the band leader, performing his music. The band on Another Lifetime is comprised of seasoned professionals such as Andy Timmons on guitar (Danger Danger), Wendell Brooks on saxes (Mick Jagger), Jeff Babko on keyboards (Julio Iglesias), Ray Russell on guitars (John Barry Seven, Graham Bond Organization, Gil Evans), Anthony Jackson on bass (Al Di Meola) and Peter Michael Escovedo on percussion.
During the recording, friend and influential drummer Tony Williams passed away, becoming the spiritual focus for the CD. Simon paid homage by naming the CD after Williams' groundbreaking band.
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Catalog # : MA-9033-2