‘It’s Time’ featured on ‘Jazz in the Present Tense’ plus interview 

RED VINYL edition of the 6-track album ‘It’s Time’ phildawsonquintet.bandcamp.com or email info@phildawsonmusic.co.uk plus digipack CD, plus download. All versions distributed by Kudos records

‘This is great’ – Gilles Peterson, BBC Radio 6 Music 

‘Amazing’ – Chris Phillips, Jazz FM

A modern classic’ – Quinton Scott, Strut Records

London guitarist Phil Dawson has a strong legacy of work with global heavyweights – artists who include Hugh Masekela, Tony Allen, and Mulatu – but the vibe here is much more jazz-based overall – as Dawson plays both guitar and Fender Rhodes in a group that has a great sense of flow! A great part of the record’s sound is the work of flute player Rowland Sutherland – whose sweet lines are as much of a delight as Phil’s guitar – and the rest of the group is heavy on percussion, but used in a lean way that moves along nicely, and never gets caught in any sort of bombast – maybe more Brazilian in inspiration, if that makes sense. Khadijatou Doyneh of The Heliocentrics makes an appearance at one point – and the tracks are reworks of a few different themes, but coming across in nicely different versions.” – dustygroove.com

‘A truly intriguing release from Phil Dawson and his incredibly funky friends… he has history, and the proof is in the pounding sound heard here’ – thenonsemble.com   

“Buoyed by flute, bass and percussion, It’s Time is a six-track brew combining free improv and spoken word with Afro-spiritual groove and a far-out esotericism befitting these strangest of times. Opener ‘It’s Time (Radio Edit)’ is a psychedelic romp through a beneficent cosmos where ringing chords and woodwind trills underpin Khaditjatou Doyneh’s pathos-laden musings on love and the universe and one of three variations on a theme. Over three minutes longer at 9:34, ‘It’s Time (aka Ouaga Mama)’ is a freewheeling instrumental made dazzling by Dawson’s silver-fingered guitar work; Doyneh resumes her pronouncing on the more dissonant but equally mind expanding ‘It’s Time (Fully Spoken)’. Then there’s ‘Gnostic Hilife’, whose three interpretations each juxtapose the structures of this West African lingua franca in ways tight, spacious and inventive.”
Jane Cornwell, Jazzwise Magazine

“Absolutely wonderful” – Katrine Ring, P8 Jazz Radio, Denmark

Thanks for the support so far: Worldwide FM, BBC 6 Music (Jamz Supernova/Gilles Peterson), Tim Garcia, Ruth Fisher and Chris Phillips at Jazz FM, Gordon Wedderburn on Riverside FM, Max Reinhardt and Tamar Collocutor at Soho Radio, Totally Wired Radio, P8 Jazz Denmark, Kevin Beadle, Bob Hill, Harv Nagi, Jane Cornwell, Debbie Golt, Orphy Robinson, pointblank.fm, Tangentenial music, Jazz Revelations, the Nonsemble, Nick Walters, Delia Tesileanu, Andy Hickford and many others

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Double single ‘Gnostic Hilife’, Funkiwala Records (funkiwala.com), available at www.phildawsonquintet.bandcamp.com (click above) and all good digital shops. With alternative mix featuring Rowland Sutherland (flutes) only on Bandcamp

‘An absolute killer… irresistible’ – Snowboy

Jazz FM new music playlist and Bandcamp Weekly featured

“rapid fire guitar work… with energy and variety..” – The Guardian

“a great guitar player” – Tony Allen