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"uncommon denominator": Mike phillips
by Craig Chapman
Harlem, NY saxophonist Mike Phillips finally
jumps backs into the music arena, armed with
his latest CD “Uncommon Denominator” on
Hidden Beach Records. He’s able to side step
the sophomore jinx by improving on the
formula that made his 2003 debut, “You Have
Reached Mike Phillips”, a crowd favorite.
Get ready for a jazzy music mix that includes a heavy dose of funk,
hip-hop, and R&B rhythms. Mike plays with infectious energy that
allows his music to be embraced by all age groups. Evidence of this is
his role as the only musical endorser of Nike’s (Michael) Jordan gear,
being a host of a BET Jazz show, along with touring and/or recording
with Wayman Tisdale, Jonathan Butler, Babyface, Brian McKnight, and

“Uncommon Denominator” grabs your ears from the initial note of the
interlude “Once Again Mike Phillips”, which leaves you seriously
teased after only 46 seconds. The good news is the whole album
lives up to the expectation created.  The title track is next up, and it’s
a funky mid-tempo groove. One thing for sure, Mike doesn’t cheat
himself or the listener because he blows a fierce sax. “Crazy”, and
“Heartbeat Of The City” continue the groove, along with the latin
tinged “Fiesta”, and the super charged rendition of Frankie Beverly &
Maze’s “We Are One”.

For all those funkateers out there, “G-Money”, “Uptown On A
Saturday Night”, “Flow”, and “Brent’s Bounce” will get the head
boppin’ and the foot tappin’. If you’re one of those laid back souls,
don’t fret, Mike has you covered with “If It Takes All Night”, “Minnie”,
and “If U Had A Heart”.

“Uncommon Denominator” by Mike Phillips is a diverse collection of
tunes that will give your music library a decided advantage over the

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