Philip 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. (by wikipedia)
“He is one of the most accomplished and rewarding guitarists now playing jazz. (Downbeat)
“Philip Catherine is one of the last ‘romantics’ in jazz. Philip Catherine doesn’t play music: he ís music. A lyricism that hits the unconscience. Music, music, sometimes with an air of simplicity that makes you believe nothing is easier than observe a photon in it’s course. Great art.” (Francis Marmande. Le Monde)
Listen to this album and you´ll know why he is one the most important jezz guitar player from Europe.
On this album you an also hear another giant of Jazz … Charlie Mariano on saxophone !
Philip Catherine (guitar)
Nicolas Fiszman (guitar, bass)
Trilok Gurtu (percussion, cymbals, tabla)
Charlie Mariano (saxophone, bamboo flute)
Toots Thielemans (harmonica on 05. + 08.)
01. Petit Nicolas (Catherine) 5.08
02. Grand Nicolas (Catherine) 5.06
03. Janet (Catherine) 9.17
04. September Start (Catherine) 6.14
05. Goodbye (Jenkins) 4.52
06. Birth Of August (Catherine) 2.47
07. End Of August (Catherine) 3.11
08. Presque (Thielemans/Catherine) 0.47