Philip Catherine – Concert In Capbreton (2010)

FrontCover1Philip Catherine (born 27 October 1942) is a Belgian jazz guitarist.

Philip Catherine was born in London to an English mother and Belgian father and was raised in Brussels. His grandfather played violin in the London Symphony Orchestra. Catherine started on guitar in his teens, and by seventeen he was performing professionally at local venues.

He released his debut album, Stream, in 1972. During the next few years, he studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston and with Mick Goodrick and George Russell. In 1976, he and guitarist Larry Coryell recorded and toured as an acoustic duo. The following year he recorded with Charles Mingus, who dubbed him “Young Django”. In the early 1980s, he toured briefly with Benny Goodman. He was in trio with Didier Lockwood and Christian Escoudé, then in a trio with Chet Baker. During the 1990s, he recorded three albums with trumpeter Tom Harrell.

Catherine has also worked with Lou Bennett, Kenny Drew, Dexter Gordon, Stéphane Grappelli, Karin Krog, Paul Kuhn, Sylvain Luc, Michael Mantler, Charlie Mariano, Palle Mikkelborg, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Enrico Rava, Toots Thielemans, and Miroslav Vitous.(wikipedia)

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And here a very special live-album:

Four gentlemen, Four soloists, Four essential stories, Four experiences of 30 years of fame. Four solitudes. Their concert at the Double bass Festival of Capbreton France, which has been managed by Iuthier Christian Nogaro since 19 years, will be one to remember. (taken from the original liner notes)

Best Kept Jazz Guitar Secret in the US:
I’m not making this a very exhaustive review, but I think it should be said that Philip Catherine is one of the finest jazz guitarists anywhere, and if my radio-listening experience (granted, it’s limited) is any indication, he’s virtually unknown in the United States, at least compared to the Joe Passes, Pat Methenys, and John Scofields… no offense to any of these guys, they’re fantastic; but Philip Catherine’s name should be in lights as bright as any American jazz guitar star. He is a master of the instrument, and a very emotional player; his playing runs the gamut from soft and tender to swinging and fiery; in his more “up” moments, it’s easy to hear the spirit of Django…

MusiciansPhilip is playing brilliantly on this album, as usual; Enrico Pieranunzi is a wonderfully adventurous pianist, and Joe LaBarbera and Hein Van de Geyn support and interact beautifully; this is a great quartet.

Everyone’s tastes and preferences are different, but if you’re a fan of jazz in general, and jazz guitar in particular, give this album a try. (George Sawyn)

Recorded Live on Aug. 17, 2007 in Capbreton, France

Philip Catherine (guitar)
Hein Van De Geyn (bass)
Joe Labarbera (drums)
Enrico Pieranunzi (piano)


01.Announcement 0.42
02. My Funny Valentine (Rodgers/Hart) 7.34
03. My Foolish Heart (Washington/Young) 9.54
04. Broken Wing (Beirach) 12.28
05. Beatrice (Rivers) 7.51
06. Change (Geyn) 2.08
07. You’ve Changed (Carey/Fischer) 10.12
08. Speak Low (Weill/Nash) 9.07



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Sacred Earth – Breathing Space (2012)

FrontCover1Based in Australia, Sacred Earth is the creation of Jethro & Prem Williams. Jethro & Prem have been traveling the world for 6 years performing live the music of Sacred Earth. Prem shares with us her heart felt devotion for Spirit and our precious Mother Earth through mantra and songs from the heart. Prem is supported by multi instrumentalist Jethro Williams, playing an array of flutes from around the world including Shakuhachi (Japanese flute), Indian Bansuri, Irish Tin & Low whistles, Acoustic Guitar and songs from the heart

Their music is used extensively throughout the world in the massage, yoga, mediation, healing, spa & film industries to evoke a feeling of well-being, peace, and ambience. In 2004 Sacred Earth began touring Australia wide, offering sacred music concerts. In this short time they have been embraced by the Australian Community and now often play to sold out concerts around Australia. Their music is awe inspiring, uplifting and takes the listener on a deep inner journey. The stillness that is discovered during their concert performance is profound. Often moving listeners to tears by the shear beauty of the music.

“Their live performance is truly a beautiful experience”.


Over the past 6 years. they have recorded 5 superb albums selling over 70,000 copies in this time. All of their albums have received rave reviews in a myriad of publications including “Women’s Day”, “Australian Yoga Life “, “Wellbeing Magazine”, “Living Now”, “The Art of Healing”, “Nature & Health”, “Music & Wellness-Italy” and more…..

Sacred Earth is regularly heard on Sacred Sounds Radio, which is broadcast live from Los Angeles, as well as many alternate Australian radio programs. Sacred Earth is leading the way for sacred music within Australia and are held alongside the likes of the industries best sacred music artists. The production and presentation of their albums is world class and upheld by their professional & breathtakingly beautiful live performance.


Prem & Jethro Williams who are Sacred Earth love their life and the gift they have been given to bring to the world. These two performers are set to take flight across the world delivering nothing less than divine connection to the realm of the sacred. (press release)

Breathing Space is an offering of exquisite instrumental flute pieces designed with the intention to enhance peace and deep introspection. The perfect soundtrack for yoga, meditation, massage and relaxation, featuring guest artists playing Esraj, Cello and sitar… (Press release)


And here is their “Breathing Space” album:

From the first few notes in the air, like those barely visible trails of refined incense smoke held aloft by some unseen hand, I am hooked (Scott Schwenk)

I close my eyes and am transported to another, much more peaceful place where there is harmony and love in abundance. (Toni Blaker)

Indeed, peace and harmony … one of the important things in life.


Jethro Williams (flute)
Prem Williams (keyboards, dulcimer)
Caseal Mor (esraj)


01. Grounded 9.32
02. Bliss 7.25
03. Breathing Space 8.07
04. Jai 8.56
05. Beautiful 5.11
06. Nature Alone 5.14
07. Stillness 10.10

Music composed by Jethro & Prem Williams

The esraj: