Phil Dawson Quintet- Gnostic Hilife









GNOSTIC HILIFE - V1

GNOSTIC HILIFE - V2

Two versions of a tune inspired by the great tradition of hilife music in West Africa, blended with a touch of Brazilian baiao and some untypical harmonies, and blessed with the presence of percussionist Lekan Babalola playing instruments from the Sakara drum family. The second version, only available on Bandcamp, has a free ranging flute solo from the masterful Rowland Sutherland


Released January 1, 2020


It features:


  • Phil Dawson: Guitars, Rhodes, composer
  • Lekan Babalola: Sakara Percussion
  • Marius Rodrigues: Drums
  • Matheus Nova: Bass
  • Rowland Sutherland: Flutes



ʻRapid-fire guitar work with variety and energyʼ – The Guardian, UK


ʻA great guitaristʼ – Tony Allen


ʻPhil Dawson and his (quintet) are really smoking at the mo. No wonder the London jazz young guns are ripping it up with bands like this leading the way. Miss them at your perilʼ – Russ Jones (Future World Funk)

ʻThis is fantasticʼ
ʻ[....],it's an absolute killer. Irresistableʼ - Snowboy