Barrie Moore delivers a comprehensive artist review at his Bearly Rambling blog, here.
Andrea Canter, contributing editor of Jazz Police, reviews Last Summer here.
REVIEW: Reynold D. Philipsek’s Last Summer Reynold D. Philipsek has released music for over 20 years and with a brand new album, his fans are sure to be anxious to hear what he is offering next. The album begins with â€œJulyâ€ where, along with his fantastic guitar playing, he sings. The song looks for a place where it always feels like July, which in this case means beautiful and warm. The song is basically an introduction to the rest of the album, and once the door opens, itâ€™s 28 minutes of great songs and playing. He mixes up acoustic and electric sounds, while with â€œBangkok Sunsetâ€ he busts out the metal vibe, brings in a horn section and strings and makes things even more heavier. If the album cover is somewhat 60’s influenced, thatâ€™s on purpose. The liner notes indicate that was his intention, while also bringing back the vibe of French and Italian music. In fact, this sounds like music that needs the perfect movie, and I hope he will be able to find it in order to bring these songs to a visual life.
This is Book’s Music April 28th, 2012
Reynold D. Philipsek â€“ LAST SUMMER:Â Though Reynoldâ€™s work is usually more oriented along the â€œgypsy jazzâ€ line (one of his prime influences was Django), he shows us some other aspects of his abilities hereâ€¦ scope out the superb â€œSunflowerâ€ to get a taste of the â€œother Reynoldâ€.Â He clearly demonstrates that he understands one of the more important elements of great jazz everywhere â€“ have FUN with it â€“ & fortunately for you (the listener), he has no compunctions about sharing the gaiety!Â My personal favorite track of the 10 offered was â€œBangkok Sunsetâ€œâ€¦ Reynold & his cohorts fuse their energies into one high-sounding piece that will whirl you â€™round thâ€™ globe.Â I give Reynold a HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an â€œEQâ€ (energy quotient) rating of 4.98.Â Get more information at his website.Â Rotcod ZzajÂ Improvijazzation Nation
Reynold D. Philipsek â€“ TALES FROM THE NORTH WOODS: There are no more fun tales to be told than those from a guitarist with total talent, and Reynold is clearly in that category!Â I thoroughly enjoyed his â€œGoatee and Shadesâ€œ, mayhaps â€˜coz it took me back to memâ€™ries of my own Beatnik daze!Â Ten (mostly) short songs that keep your brain spinning, like the deep-toned â€œScherzoâ€œ!Â Itâ€™s sort of like Django gypsy meets â€™60?s beat-gen hippified funster music (whatâ€™n’lâ€™ever that meansâ€¦ lol).Â Highly energetic guitar music that will keep you flying for days.Â I give Reynold a HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an â€œEQâ€ (energy quotient) rating of 4.95. Rotcod Zzaj (aka Dick Metcalf) Improvijazzation Nation
An instrumentalist that knows his stuff, you shouldn’t bag him in new age or jazz just because he can command a solo stage on his own. It’s solid instrumental music. [Tales from the North Woods is] tasty stuff for acoustic guitar fans to really dig into all the way.
Chris Spector, Midwest Record Review – www.midwestrecord.com
Click here for MinnPost.com review of All the Things You Are.
[T]his is music of color and depth, narrative and emotion.
Pamela Espeland, MinnPost.com
Click here for the JazzPolice review of All the Things You Are.
With All the Things You Are, Reynold Philipsek indeed gives us everything he is, everywhere he has been, and hints at all that he has yet to discover.
Andrea Canter, JazzPolice
Click here for the Vita.mn review of the CD East Side.
Click here for Minneapolis StarTribune reviews from 2009, 2005, 2004, 2002 and 1999.
Jazz guitarist and composer Reynold D. Philipsek has ideas that don’t seem to end. With more than twenty albums, he proves himself a true original.
Michael Dregni, author of Django (the Life and Music of a Gypsy Legend)
Click here for Vintage Guitar reviews from 2007, 2005 and 2004.
Click here for the RootsWorld review of The First 100 Years…
I have spent a few years howling to the moon about Reynold Philipsek, a Midwestern original whose writing style is a sort of twisted blend of Edward Hopper and Randy Newman. He’s a guitar player of some ability, to boot.
Reynold Philipsek chops cool steel-string rhythm behind his often cynical observations on modern life. His clear-toned chord melodies show his breadth in instrumental settings away from wry futuristic folk.
Guitar Player Magazine