THE GREG PHILLIPS TRIO
The Greg Phillips Trio began in the summer of 1991. I was playing primarily with the Van Dyke & Glaser Band with John Van Dyke, David Glaser, and Craig Carr. The Van Dyke & Glaser Band I believe, was the hottest band in the area at the time. Jay Turner had left V.D.& G recently and was replaced by Craig Carr. Craig added another dimension to the band with his improvisational approach on the bass guitar and he added a 4th vocal, which expanded the possibilities in harmony. Craig was a great lead vocalist. Craig and I had begun to gel together and it was great.
Month’s before this time I had met a guitar player whom I thought was fantastic. Todd Kreuzburg. He was playing Flamenco guitar with his wife, Ann, at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel. They called themselves Duende’. They were performing an acoustic tune by Al DiMeola, one of my favorite fusion jazz rock artist.
The Van Dyke and Glaser Band played every Monday night at Armadillo’s. Next door to Armadillo’s was a place called Mum’s Bar and Grill. I found out that on Monday nights, Todd was playing at Mum’s with a rock band called Kreuzin’ , named after Todd Kreuzburg. I had never seen Todd play electric guitar. Whew! I told Craig about this guy on guitar that he should check out. We went over to Mums on our break one night to listen to Kreuzin’. They went on break and I introduced Craig to Todd and we went outside to talk. During the conversation I suggested that the three of us get together and jam at my house. So we did. We set up in the basement and played some familiar songs in the classic rock era, The music came together quickly. We sounded really good together, so we decided to start a band. Craig suggested that we should call ourselves . . . The Greg Phillips Trio! I naturally agreed!