As an instrumentalist, Phil has a detailed, varied stylistic knowledge, organically developed through work with artists from most continents. His approach combines grooving rhythm playing, a fluid soloing style and the use of ambience, texture and atmospherics. He has performed, recorded and/or collaborated with a huge variety of artists including:
Adma and the Afoxés, Akala, Alexander O’Neal, Amadou and Mariam, Atongo Zimba, Artur Maia, Baaba Maal, Bacon and Quarmby, Ben Onono, Black Twang, Camelle Hinds, Captain Yaba, Cornel Campbell, Cheick Tidiane Seck, Charlotte Kelly, Cubafrobeat, Dadi Carvalho (Jorge Ben/Rita Lee), Damon Albarn, David Murray, Dele Sosimi, Diblo Dibala, Earl 16, Ed Motta, Eddie ‘Tan Tan’ Thornton, Eternal, Fela! The Musical, Francis Fuster (‘Graceland’), Geraldo Pino, Ginger Baker, Greg Boyer (Prince/Bootsy/George Duke), Herbert Gronemeyer, Heliocentrics, Hinda Hicks, Hugh Masekela, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Johnny Clarke, Julian Bahula, Junior Giscombe, Justin Thurgur 6tet, Kate Luxmoore Group, Keziah Jones, Kodjo Antwi, Khaled, Laura Mvula, Leee John, Leroy Burgess, Linval Thompson, Lokkhi Terra, Martina Topley-Bird, Mbawula, Michael ‘Bammy’ Rose, Michael Prophet, Moreno +2 (The +2s), Monica Vasconcelos, Mulatu Astatke, Muntu Valdo, Nana Tsiboe and Super Hilife, Nana Tuffour, Natty, Nina Miranda, Oghene Kologbo, Orlando Julius, Orquestra Imperial, Os Ritmistas, Osibisa, Pascal of Bollywood, Prince Fatty, Ricky Ranking, Rowland Sutherland, Saian Supra Crew, Sarava Soul, Shikor Bangladesh Allstars, Shingai Shoniwa, Sonti Ndebele, Soothsayers, Sounds of Blackness, Terri Walker, Tony Allen, Ty, U-Cef, Vicky Sampson, Will Mowat, Winston Reedy, Wunmi.
“Your guitar playing saved our asses tonight” – Hugh Masekela
“A bad guitarist this one” – Cornel Campbell
“A great guitarist” – Tony Allen