Genre: Psy Trance
Description: Decoy is Philip Rex
and Ian Chaplin
Philip Rex is one of Australia 's most in demand musicians, being a leading exponent of the Double Bass. Musicians and critics everywhere have noted his musical skill and versatility, both as an instrumentalist, band leader, and producer.
Having been firmly established in the Australian Jazz scene since he was seventeen, Philip has become a member of many of the country's finest groups, and has toured extensively throughout Australia and around the world. He has studied with jazz legends Ray Brown and Eddie Gomez in the United States, and has performed or recorded in small group settings with international touring artists such as Johnny Griffin, Jimmy Cobb, Steve Lacy and may more. Aside from his experience in the jazz field Phillip plays regularly in Reggae, Tango, Funk, Brazilian, Cuban, and Electronic Dance acts. He is remarkable for his ability to adapt the seemingly cumbersome Double Bass into almost any style of music.
He is founder and co-producer of the Australian group Decoy, which combines contemporary dance grooves with elements of instrumental jazz and world musics. As a bass player, Philip has a natural instinct for improvisation and melody, and is particularly known for his strength of groove and sound on the instrument. In Decoy he comes into his own with an impressive array of effects, producing percussive synth-like lines and screaming acid tones which he contrasts with the natural resonance of the instrument. Philip is also a founding and current member of the Australian Art Orchestra.
In 1998 Philip shared an Aria win with close musical colleague Ian Chaplin for Best jazz Album
Ian Chaplin is as well known for his contribution to jazz in this
country as he is for his ability to excite audiences both here and overseas.
After moving to Melbourne in 1986, Chaplin became a household name
within the local jazz scene, performing with local legends Ted Vining,Vince Jones, Paul Grabowsky, and a list of others too long to mention.
He has also performed and recorded with international artists such as
Nat Adderley, Dewey Redman, George Coleman Jnr., and many others.
In 1990-1991, Chaplin traveled to New York on a scholarship to study
with saxophonists George Coleman and Dewey Redman. He also performed in
clubs with Nat Adderley and Dewey Redman, as well as recording with the latter.
Chaplin's recording career is just as impressive. He has appeared on no
less than twenty albums and CDs, with the likes of Vince Jones, Paul Grabowsky, Ted Vining trio, and the Australian Art Orchestra (where he sat on the board of directors as the musician's representative), and was also a founding member, as well as recording with his own groups. In 1997, Chaplin's first solo album, 'Tjapangati,' received an Aria
nomination for best jazz album. In 1998, his second release, 'The Future in Today,' was again nominated, and this time went one step further and won the Aria for best jazz album.
Philip Rex has been a close musical associate and friend throughout this period, being the bassist of choice for Chaplin, which led to the formation of Decoy in 1994. This close musical relationship continues today with Decoy's movement into the electronic music scene.
Chaplin still keeps one foot firmly planted in the jazz and Latin scenes whilst
moving forward into unknown territories.