What a Blast! OUR FIRST LAWN CONCERT
OF THE YEAR! Saturday July 31st
2:00 to 4:00 pm at. "Flippo's Place," Skokie.
READ OUR VOLUMINOUS POSITIVE REVIEW FOR OUR NEW RELEASE DEDICATIONS (below) and TAO TUNES (press page)
Jazz From Planet Flippo - Otherworldly Jazz
Original Compositions & Arrangements by Pianist /Vocalist Dave Flippo
Dave Flippo-piano/vocals/melodica, Dan Hesler-saxes.flute, Heath Chappell-drums, Donn De Santo-bass
REVIEWS for DEDICATIONS
~ CONTEMPORARY FUSION REVIEWS: SKILLFUL SMOKING JAZZ WONDERS ~ "Pure joy....The volcanic arrangement Dave created for the band’s performance of Stevie Wonder’s Too High is pure pleasure to listen to...this is (absolutely) the BEST performance of this classic tune I’ve ever listened to. MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with a (perfect) “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 5.00 ...also gets a “PICK” from me for “best jazz ensemble”.
by Dick Metcalf ONLINE PAGE
~ THE JAZZ OWL: “Dedications—Jazz from Planet Flippo is a marvel. The instrumental artistry is exemplary and the composing and arranging is brilliant. Dave Flippo is a wonder and the music tells you everything you need to know.” - by Travis Rogers, Jr. ONLINE PAGE
~ WDCB RADIO: “Joined by a solid crew, Flippo has put together a really nice set of originals and reinterpretations of the music of Stevie Wonder, Radiohead and even Amy Winehouse... Everything swings and is well-conceived...There’s a lot to like here, and Flippo should be proud of what he’s done with Dedications.” - Paul Abella, Music Director, ONLINE PAGE
~ ALL ABOUT JAZZ ~ So, when was the last time you tried to count a Greek and Irish jig in 14/8…or (heard) a "polyphonic jazz motet" with group improvisation…? Flippo… is gifted with an exceptional imagination. How could anyone, adventuresome or not, miss getting drawn into such a lively excursion?
These are excellent musicians who clearly enjoy what they are playing. And what they are playing is hard. For sure, it is not pour on the Martinis music. Perhaps better suited to magic mushrooms. De gustibus! Do not underestimate the music. The more you listen, the more you hear. You may come away both enlightened and entertained. By Richard J Salvucci. ONLINE PAGE
~. MUSICAL MEMOIRS BLOG: “Dave Flippo displays a wide range of styles on this “Dedications” album, both as an arranger and a composer. This is a musical platform for Dave Flippo to showcase his inventiveness and expansive imagination, while writing, arranging and performing a list of “Dedications” to loved ones and his musical family.” Dee Dee McNeil, ONLINE PAGE
~ROOTSTIME, BELGIUM: The album closer, “Metamorphosis,” for drummer Heath Chappell, is an extremely well-thought-out work that is really enjoyable, a perfect end to a very successful album; with every listen it is pure enjoyment. ~ Jan van Leersum, ONLINE PAGE
~ J.P'S MUSIC BLOG: “Dave gets the quintet firing on all cylinders… The energy comes pouring out of Flippo's stellar piano work on "Giraffe Trek," as the rest of the band follow suit.”
James Pasinski, ONLINE PAGE
~ THE JAZZ WORD: Dedications – Jazz From Planet Flippo continues the musical journey of Flippo’s wide-ranging musical interests, and the personal dedications reveal Flippo’s aptitude and emotion as a composer and arranger. Dedications – Jazz From Planet Flippo is a well-balanced set of styles and playing, strong melodies and exciting solos, and an overall presentation that will appeal to contemporary jazz listeners. by Nolan DeBuke. ONLINE PAGE
~ JAZZ2LOVE: “Flippo shows that he can reimagine any type of song with jazz-infused trimmings… Treating each track with a personal touch, Flippo demonstrates an astuteness for applying straight-ahead jazz idioms to a broad range of arrangements. He flexes his adventurous nature and inventiveness.” by Susan Frances, ONLINE PAGE
JW VIBE ~“If the struggles of earth seem to be too much, maybe it’s time to take a jaunt to the wild, eclectic side of the musical universe and experience Jazz from Planet Flippo… high spirited, wild melodies, muscular grooves and dynamic improvisations...Though pop/rock fans will surely gravitate first to the peppy, bustling romp through Stevie Wonder’s “Too High”, the sassy, saxy funk-swing energy of Amy Winehouse’s irrepressible “Rehab” and a warm, retro-flavored Rhodes centered whirl through Radiohead’s “Karma Police,” the track that, both in title and frolicsome vibe, truly captures the aesthetic of the jam here is ‘Freewheelin’… All are splendid fun”
JAZZ MUSIC ARCHIVES ~ “A very talented quartet (quintet on two tunes) that Dave has assembled here, and they often sound much bigger than just four people. Woodwinds player Dan Hesler adds to their diverse sound by picking just the right instrument to flavor each tune, moving from flute to a variety of saxophones as well. Everyone in the band is a powerful soloist, which helps keep every track cookin from start to finish… Lots of fun tracks here.”
by John Sanders ONLINE PAGE FULL REVIEW
Since 1992, this ensemble has presented the original compositions and arrangements by pianist/vocalist Dave Flippo in festivals, colleges, clubs and libraries throughout the Chicago area. Their music is showcased on their six CD releases Their 6th CD, Dedications, was released in June, 2021 celebrated at their CD Release Party July 3d, 1-4pm at Skokie's Sketchbook Brewery.
Aside from a wide range or original music, Flippo's puts his own jazz spin on familiar contemporary rock and popular songs made popular by J.Hendrix, Bowie, Bruce, Dylan, Wonder, Lennon/McCartney, Jackson, Wilson, Winehouse and Radiohead and mixes his own innovative and compelling originals into the program to offer his listeners music that is both familiar and new. The band is re-releasing their most unique project - Tao Tunes - 17 contemporary jazz setting of the ancient Tao Te Ching (in English) which features Flippo on vocals.
Jazz Connect 2016 Jazz Jukebox Jury Award
If Six Were Nine by Jimi Hendrix, arr. Flippo
was chosen for the Jazz Connect 2016 Jazz Jukebox Jury conducted at the Jazz Connect Conference 2016- Jazz Times Magazine