Biography

"Billie Holiday and Chet Baker...Haiku is in the same league. - Classicalite

 

Haiku—the nationally-charting, premiere recording collaboration between multifaceted pianist/vocalist/songwriter/arranger Jenny Maybee and veteran jazz record producer/trumpet player/songwriter/arranger Nick Phillips—is a mesmerizing mix of vocal and instrumental jazz recordings in which refreshingly original compositions and imaginative arrangements of standards are brought to life with inspired, risk-taking, live-in-the-studio performances.

The Maybee/Phillips musical partnership began with a chance meeting at the 2014 West Coast Songwriter’s conference. They discovered a shared love for music arising from a place of stillness conveying frequencies of appreciation and awe. Focusing their shared musical exploration on creating an environment for relaxed improvisation, the duo organically developed original compositions and reimagined favorite standards for the pure joy of making music together.

Opportunity knocked when Cookie Marenco—an esteemed, audiophile engineer/producer with several GRAMMY® nominated recordings to her credit—approached Phillips about recording his next project at her legendary OTR Studios. Marenco’s proprietary Extended Sound Environment (E.S.E.) recording technique and state-of-the-art, ultra-high-resolution audio technology—Quad-rate DSD, aka DSD256, which records at a sampling frequency that’s 256 times that of a CD—captures Maybee and Phillips’ stirring and nuanced performances in a breath-taking sonic landscape that is at once warm and intimate, yet detailed and spacious.

While the recording technology is leading edge, the approach was decidedly “old school”: Three musicians—Jenny Maybee (piano, vocals), Nick Phillips (trumpet), and Paul Eastburn (acoustic bass)—together in the studio for an afternoon. No headphones, no isolation between musicians, no overdubs, no Auto-Tune. Just real, responsive, in-the-moment jazz in complete, unedited takes.

Although record producer Phillips is no stranger to working with jazz vocalists—having been at the helm of acclaimed jazz vocal projects including GRAMMY®-nominated albums by Karrin Allyson and Nnenna Freelon—Haiku marks his first album collaboration with a vocalist as a co-leader and recording artist. And while pianist Maybee has long been a fixture in envelope-pushing improvisation ensembles in the San Francisco Bay Area, Haiku marks the multi-talented artist’s long-overdue recording debut as a jazz vocalist.

ABOUT JENNY MAYBEE
Jenny Maybee is a classically-trained jazz pianist and vocalist who approaches music as the art of expressing the human body through song-structures and improvisation. Her compositions are inspired by her studies of the martial and healing arts and the vast sonic landscape of jazz and world music. Her playing reflects her range of exploration, dancing from stunning open space and intricate use of silence to powerful rhythmic intensity. Drawn to the San Francisco Bay Area to complete her law degree at U.C. Berkeley, she has recorded and played in jazz groups including her own trio, the Empty Chamber Ensemble, the Heftpistole Chamber Ensemble, and Noertker’s Moxie.

ABOUT NICK PHILLIPS
Perhaps best-known as a jazz record producer—with credits on countless internationally-distributed releases including more than a dozen GRAMMY-nominated projects—Nick Phillips’ warm-toned, lyrical jazz trumpet playing was put in the spotlight in 2014 with release of his own debut album, Moment to Moment, co-led with pianist Cava Menzies. Cracking the top 20 of the Billboard Jazz chart, reaching the top 30 and spending nine consecutive weeks on the JazzWeek chart, and garnering both a 4-star review and a coveted spot on DownBeat magazine’s “Best Jazz Albums of 2014” list, the album drew laudatory comparisons to the work of jazz trumpet legends Miles Davis (“The Ballads Album Miles Davis Never Recorded” -East Bay Express) and Chet Baker (“... pristine, and moving, trumpet sound...Phillips nods to his predecessor’s [Baker’s] fragility but also imparts a feeling of strength that comes through a sense of restraint.” -DownBeat).

ABOUT E.S.E. (EXTENDED SOUND ENVIRONMENT)
In December 2002, Cookie Marenco and and French engineer Jean Claude Reynaud entered the studio with a group of hand chosen musicians to experiment with new recording techniques. During these sessions, extensive experimentation was done, including comparison tests using analog tape, DSD (Direct Stream Digital) and high sampling rate PCM Digital. Part of the E.S.E. technique includes recording to DSD (or analog tape) while musicians perform live in the studio without the use of headphones or overdubs. The music is mixed to DSD (or 1/2" tape). The music never enters a PCM digital state in the recording, mixing, and mastering process, which Marenco feels compromises the sound. Hand-made cables, modified preamps and carefully chosen microphones are also part of the recording requirements. Most important, the musicians are in the same room, positioning themselves to hear each other without headphones. This requires musicians of the highest caliber. No corrections or vocal fixing overdubs are allowed. Attention to eliminating phase, blending the room and direct mics and creating balanced dynamics bring stunning results that places the listener in an audio hologram of the music. The results of those tests became the proprietary recording technique now called E.S.E. (Extended Sound Environment).

 

Haiku Tracks and Credits

1. Haiku (Nick Phillips-Clifford Goldmacher)
2. You (Nick Phillips-Clifford Goldmacher)
3. Interstellar (Jenny Maybee)
4. The Meaning of the Blues (Bobby Troup-Leah Worth)
5. Blue Monk (Thelonious Monk)
6. The Setting Sun (Jenny Maybee)
7. Autumn Moon (Paul Eastburn-Jenny Maybee-Nick Phillips)
8. Winter Butterflies (Jenny Maybee)
9. Heaven (Jenny Maybee)
10. Idyll Surreal (Nick Phillips)
11. Now and Then (Nick Phillips-Jenny Maybee)

Jenny Maybee - piano, vocals on tracks 1-4, 6, 9, 11 / Nick Phillips - trumpet / Paul Eastburn - bass

 

Produced and Arranged by Jenny Maybee and Nick Phillips
Executive Producers: Cookie Marenco, Taylor & Company
Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered in DSD256 by Cookie Marenco at OTR Studios, Belmont, CA
Digital Operator: Patrick O’Connor
Recorded on June 17, 2015

Events

  • 25

    Oct

    2015

    MAYBECK STUDIO

    1537 Euclid Avenue, Berkeley, CA MAYBEE-PHILLIPS TRIO The Maybee-Phillips Trio will be performing at the Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts in Berkeley, on October 25, 2015. Join us for an afternoon of original jazz and fresh arrangements of old favorites by Nick Phillips (trumpet), Jenny Maybee (piano / vocals), and Paul Eastburn (bass), in the lovely, intimate, and historic setting of the Maybeck Studio.

    03:00:00 PM

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  • 29

    Jan

    2016

    HAIKU Album Release!

    Downloads Now (24-bit and DSD): http://nickphillipsmusic.downloadsnow.net/haiku Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/jomvy8c iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/jq8wtq9

    12:00:00 PM

  • 29

    Jan

    2016

    KPOO Radio 89.5 FM

    Tune-in to a live interview with Jenny Maybee and Nick Phillips, as they discuss their new album Haiku (release date 1/29) and their album release concert at Yoshi's Oakland (2/1).

    07:00:00 PM

  • 30

    Jan

    2016

    KPFA Radio 94.1 FM

    Tune-in to a live interview with Jenny Maybee and Nick Phillips, as they discuss their new album Haiku (release date 1/29) and their album release concert at Yoshi's Oakland (2/1).

    11:00:00 PM

  • 01

    Feb

    2016

    ALBUM RELEASE CELEBRATION AT YOSHI'S OAKLAND

    Jenny Maybee and Nick Phillips "Haiku" album release celebration! Featuring: Jenny Maybee - piano, vocals; Nick Phillips - trumpet; Dan Feiszli - bass; David Rokeach - drums

    08:00:00 PM

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  • 24

    Mar

    2016

    KCSM Radio - Live-Performance Recording Broadcast

    Tune-in to Jim Bennett's "In the Moment" show on KCSM radio to hear a live-in-concert recording of the Jenny Maybee/Nick Phillips Quartet. Recorded at our Haiku album release celebration concert at Yoshi's Oakland earlier this year, the live performance recordings feature Jenny Maybee (piano, vocals), Nick Phillips (trumpet), Dan Feiszli (bass), and David Rokeach (drums).

    09:00:00 PM

  • 07

    May

    2016

    THE SOUND ROOM

    THE JENNY MAYBEE/NICK PHILLIPS QUARTET Featuring Dan Feiszli and David Rokeach Miles and More: A 90th Birthday Celebration of Miles Davis    On the heels of the release of their acclaimed, nationally-charting album, Haiku, Jenny Maybee (piano, vocals) and Nick Phillips (trumpet) return to The Sound Room with a special concert celebrating the enduring and vast musical legacy of Miles Davis -- from mid-century modern jazz classics to latter-20th-century Davis hits. Phillips is also the producer of numerous Miles Davis reissue releases, including the new 11-LP vinyl box set, Miles Davis: The Complete Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection, that's scheduled for release in May 2016, also in celebration of the 90th anniversary of Davis' birth. Rounding out the sets at The Sound Room, the Maybee/Phillips Quartet will also perform new music and choice selections from Haiku, lauded by the press as “a thrilling, intimate, very delicate dialogue…close to perfection” and “an 11-track rarity of pristine playing, beautiful vocals and original compositions” that is “in the same league” as jazz legends Billie Holiday and Chet Baker.  2147 Broadway, Oakland CA510-496-4180

    08:00:00 PM

  • 02

    Jun

    2016

    The Home Entertainment Show, Newport Beach

    T.H.E. BLUE COAST HOURThursday (Industry & Press Only Preview Day) at 8:30-9:30 Blue Coast Records was founded for artists like these — extraordinary live performers who have flown under the radar of conventional mainstream music. All the artists performing at The Lounge from Blue Coast have proven themselves as live performers on stage and in the studio.

    08:30:00 PM

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  • 02

    Jul

    2016

    BAJABA on Jazzline @ KPFA Radio

    The Maybee-Phillips Quartet (feat. Dan Feiszli (bass) and David Rokeach (drums)) will be performing live in the KPFA Performance studio on KPFA's BAJABA ShowCase, hosted by African Jamal Dayvs. Listen on the radio or online at: https://kpfa.org/program/bajaba/

    11:00:00 PM

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  • 09

    Jul

    2016

    CALIFORNIA JAZZ CONSERVATORY

    Join the Maybee-Phillips Quartet featuring Dan Feiszli (bass) and David Rokeach (drums) for an evening of new compositions and fresh arrangements of standards.

    08:00:00 PM

  • 22

    Oct

    2016

    Musically Minded Academy

    Part of KCSM's In the Moment Concert Series, produced by Jim Bennett, presented by Jazz in the Neighborhood and Musically Minded Academy. Jenny Maybee (piano, vocals) and Nick Phillips (trumpet) will be joined by Dan Feiszli (bass) and David Rokeach (drums) to present a tribute to Miles Davis. This special concert celebrates the enduring and vast musical legacy of Miles Davis -- from mid-century modern jazz classics to latter-20th-century Davis hits. Featuring new arrangements of Miles Davis classics and songs celebrating the spirit of Miles, the Quartet leaves plenty of room for fresh in-the-moment innovation. Musically Minded Academy / 5776 Broadway / Oakland, CA 94618  

    08:00:00 PM

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