‘Afro- and Brazilian jazz meet dub, free improv and spiritual jazz-rock in a sonorous clash of universal sound’.
‘Rapid-fire guitar work with variety and energy’ – The Guardian
‘Phil Dawson and his quartet are really smoking at the mo. No wonder the London jazz young guns are ripping it up with bands like this leading the way. Miss them at your peril’ – Russ Jones (Future World Funk)
‘A great guitarist’ – Tony Allen
Phil is known for his work with iconic artists like Hugh Masekela, Tony Allen, Mulatu Astatke, Khaled and Osibisa as well as genre-busting London bands like Lokkhi Terra, Cubafrobeat, Saravah Soul, Soothsayers, roots artists like Dele Sosimi and Cornel Campbell, and a host of Brit-jazz projects.
His live band features either Matheus Nova (Antonio Forcione, Ed Motta, Saravah Soul, Jazzinho) or Nim Sadot (Harvey Mason, Tony Lakatos, Snowboy) on bass; Marius Rodrigues (Oriole, Luna Cohen, Adriana Vasques, Monica Vasconcelos etc) on drums; the unique Maurizio Ravalico (Collocutor, Dele Sosimi, Jamiroquai, Afroshock etc) on percussion, and often Rowland Sutherland (Airto Moreira, David Murray, plus many ensembles of his own) on flutes. Rowland’s virtuosic flute textures and lines together with Maurizio’s self-designed sonic universe and openness to free exploration, push the quintet to more spontaneous musical territory, but this is juxtaposed with Afro-Brazilian interpretations of Coltrane, homages to percussion masters from Tony Williams to Guy Warren, and reconstructions of Bowie and Beatles songs as well as afrocentric original tunes.