NEWEST VIDEO from our recent
LAWN CONCERT in Skokie, IL
Clips include Chelsea Morning, Saga of Harrison Crabfeathers, Spring Joy and Nature Boy.
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"
REVIEWS for "TAO TUNES" (click it)
~ 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
~ 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
~ 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
~. 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
~ TAKE EFFECT: “An active outfit since 1992, Flippo’s current version of the band includes some of Chicago’s finest players, and their vast skill along with Flippo’s inimitable vision make Dedications an imaginative and really fun listening experience for the jazz inclined.”
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.
REVIEWS for "TAO TUNES"
THE HERALD SCOTLAND -
"But as one of the most intriguing releases to appear this year, it's (Tao Tunes) also a gift to the wider world. Sure, Tao Tunes can be dark and serious in places but it's also playful, joyous and musically enjoyable, and with the original text's sometimes fortuitous rhyming structure, at times it's simply downright good fun." by Rob Adams ONLINE PAGE FULL REVIEW
CHICAGO MUSICAL EXAMINER - NEIL TESSER -
And now, in the category of “Bet you didn’t see that one coming … here's Tao Tunes (Opplif Records), an absolutely unexpected, and unexpectedly successful, setting of 17 lessons from the Tao Te Ching. Tailoring a sensible range of jazz idioms to fit the lessons of various verses, Flippo has constructed a tuneful program that certainly stands up musically. I can’t think of anyone who’s so diligently turned his musical idiom to the service of much heavier religious philosophy as Flippo does here. The fact that it works is almost a bonus.
…Whether it’s the craftsmanship of the writing, or the surprising appeal of Flippo’s vocals, or the strength of the Tao Te Ching itself, Tao Tunes has definitely left its mark on my sensibilities. And a few of its earworms, against all odds, have burrowed deep into my right brain. by Neil Tesser FULL REVIEW
ALL ABOUT JAZZ ITALIA - It is "Taoism" that influences Flippo's musical imagery, pushing him to rework the texts of seventeen chapters of the "Tao Te Ching," inserting them in as many original compositions. Flippo, for his part, manages to bring together texts and music, giving them homogeneity, and performs the songs with a warm and reassuring voice.This commitment should be appreciated above all for its true source of inspiration, "the spiritual appeal," which allowed us to know the "Tao" of an exciting journey that Flippo undertakes between philosophy, religion, and music. by Staff Writers
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