Philip Catherine – Babel (1980)

FrontCover1.jpgPhilip 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, Steam, in 1970. 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.

PhilipCatherine1980_02Catherine 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)

And here´s his 5th solo album:

A jazz fusion album produced in an extremely clear transparent sound. Catherine (guitar) is supported by Jean-Claude Petit (keyboards, synth), Jannick Top (bass) Andre Ceccarelli (drums) a string ensemble and on the very personal track “Janet” by the voices of his little daughters. All in all mostly relaxed but engaged and interesting playing (mainly by Catherine and Top) (by siriuspooka)

Babel, originally released in 1980, is an album rooted firmly in the late 1970’s fusion style. The compositions are strong and the arrangements are adventurous. The album features strong performances from ace sidemen André Ceccarelli (drums) and Jannick Top on bass. (


Philip Catherine (guitar, guitar synthesizer, vocoder)
André Ceccarelli (drums)
Jannick Top (bass)
Jean-Claude Petit (keyboards, synthesizer)
String Quartet:
Roger Berthier (violin)
Pierre-Yves Defayes (violin)
Hervé Derrien (cello)
Pierre Llinares (viola)
Children’s Voices (on 02.):
Isabelle – Janet Catherine


01. Babel (Catherine) 6.14
02. Janet (Catherine) 6.06
03. Riverbop (Catherine) 4.46
04. Spirale (Catherine) 4.57
05. Philip À Paris (Petit) 5.43
06. Magic Ring (Catherine) 3.42
07. Dinner-Jacket (Catherine) 3.32