Exposé Online banner

Phil Haynes — Sanctuary
(Corner Store Jazz CSJ-0086, 2015, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2016-06-21

Sanctuary Cover art

Haynes is a drummer and composer, primarily known as a sideman, featured on dozens and dozens of jazz releases over the years, and in addition is the leader of No Fast Food, a saxophone trio with Dave Liebman and bassist Drew Gress, and the “jazz-grass” string ensemble Free Country, with four releases to their credit, but Sanctuary is his first true solo release. While the 27 pieces here that make up the hour-long set are said to be composed, to a listener these may seem more like free solo improvisations, wandering about freely mostly on the drum kit, with some cool and unusual percussive sounds mixed in here and there. This is not an excercize in rhythm; for the most part there are no steady rhythms or conventional ‘drum solos’ to be found anywhere, although most of the sounds are from a standard drum kit, they are not necessarily played in a standard way – one can hear numerous places where he’s hitting the sides of a drum instead of, or in addition to, the drum heads, or scraping or bowing drumheads and cymbals. The key thing to remember here is that most of these short pieces are completely free, punctuated with quiet vibrations and minimalist ideals, far away from what one might find in any standard jazz context. Avant-garde it is, but not abrasive; it’s completely listenable, and an interesting and adventurous journey to boot, though with that said, it may be primarily of interest to drummers and percussionists.


Filed under: New releases, 2015 releases

Related artist(s): Phil Haynes

Latest news

2017-11-16
Celebrate 10 Years of Fruits de Mer – As a special celebration for a decade of cool vinyl releases, our friends at Fruits de Mer records have prepared a limited edition reissue of an album by the first band ever to appear on the label: Schizo Fun Addict. The band is known for unusual release strag » Read more

2017-11-02
Mega Dodo Presents New Charity Album – Our friends at Mega Dodo have put together a lovely compilation of their artists performing new arrangements of nursery rhymes, and all the profits from sales of the album will benefit Save the Children. It features a number of artists we've covered. » Read more

2017-10-18
Phil Miller RIP – Sad word reaches us today of the passing of another of the great musicians of the Canterbury Scene — guitarist Phil Miller. His distinctive sound added greatly to Matching Mole, Hatfield and the North, and National Health, and he also contributed to albums by Caravan, Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin, and many others. He was 68. » Read more

2017-10-13
Moonjune to Distribute Tony Levin's Back Catalog – It has been announced that Moonjune will now handle distribution for Tony Levin's catalog of releases. These great albums will now be a bit easier to get hold of, so check out the site and see what you're missing. The veteran of King Crimson and Stick Men worked with a host of great players on these albums, and we've reviewed most of them over the course of the years. » Read more

2017-09-26
Bandcamp Shines Light on Niches We Like – Bandcamp has developed into one of the best places to discover new music, and even a lot of old music is showing up there. In addition, their staff has been producing periodic articles spotlighting some interesting stylistic areas. On 20 September, they published one called "The New Face of Prog Rock" which bears checking out. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Richard Johnson and Jud Martindale - Creatures of Habit – For those interested with tracking down the roots of master acoustic fret bender, Richard Leo Johnson, look no further! Uncovered from the independent release catacombs is a 1993 gem from Johnson and...  (2000) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues