The collaboration between Albare and Phil Turcio started 27 years ago when Albert Dadon, aka Albare, was looking for a new pianist in his band. Despite the fact that Phil had just turned 18 Albare hired him right away. Albare recalls, “Phil sounded so good, it was a pleasure to play with him.” Phil’s and Albare’s paths kept intersecting. Phil explains that he and Albare hear music in the same way, “Everything I throw at Albare comes back as if I played it myself". "Phil is my soul mate" Albare adds. “When we play in concert, we don’t even look at each other; whatever the articulation, we know instinctively where we are going and where it will end.” Albare admires the virtuosity of his friend “I witnessed it when he was 18; it took me many more years to become proficient on my instrument. I had to work hard, but Phil was born like that.” After playing together for many years, Albare had to make a choice in 2000 when he became involved with the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. He had a vision to turn the Festival into a true international event, and didn’t want any distractions, so he suspended his touring career and any musical projects. At the time Albare wasn't sure how long it would take to achieve his goal for the festival. He eventually passed on the reins of the Festival in 2009, when he was satisfied the event was sustainable for the long term. While Albare suspended his touring schedule, he continued composing music with Phil. But Phil continued his extensive music composer, arranger, production career, by writing the closing song for the Sydney Olympics in 2000, and touring with Virgil Donati, Frank Gambale, Larry Carlton and Dave Weckl, to name but a few. Although Albare returned to the stage in 2009, it was not until 2012 when they re-united again in Albare's band, the International Travel Diary. From 2012-2014 they toured South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Taiwan, the US, most of Europe and, of course, Australia. You can hear Phil on Albare’s recordings “The Road Ahead” (2013) and “Only Human” (2014). Although Phil and Albare wrote the material for "Only Human", the pianist for that project was the Cuban dynamo and ALFI Records label mate, Axel Tosca. In 2016, Albare worked with another ALFI artist and long-time collaborator Joe Chindamo, with whom he recorded “Dream Time,” a collection of Hollywood movie themes, with a 25-piece string Orchestra. That same year Albare opened his own Jazz Club "Bird’s Basement". A strategic partnership with Birdland New York, Bird’s Basement has quickly become a highlight of the Melbourne cultural calendar. "URBAN SOUL" Albare and Phil's first release as "URBANITY", demonstrates the duo’s innate instincts, and gorgeous grooves of two friends making music. “We love jazz, but not in the traditional sense,” says Albare. “I think that Jazz of the 21st Century is all encompassing. There are no limits.” That thought is evident as Albare and Phil Turcio join forces again.
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