As one of Europe’s most in demand bassists working in jazz today, Phil Donkin has been praised as a musician with « a thundering sound and impeccable time » by The Guardian and as an instrumentalist with « an assertive rhythmic and a sonic bold presence » by Jazzwise. Now, Donkin just released his first album solo album 'Walk Alone’ (2023), to add to the two albums he released for quartet : 'The Gate’ (2015) and ‘Value’ (2019). Donkin has performed with some of the greatest current artists in American and European Jazz, including Marc Copland, John Abercrombie, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ben Monder, Kevin Hays, Shai Maestro, Dhafer Youssef, Tigran Hamasyan, Nir Felder, Jonathan Kreisberg, Ralph Alessi, Gwilym Simcock, Nils Wogram, Ronny Graupe, Kalle Kalima, Bastian Stein and Lucia Cadotsch. He currently lives in Berlin.
Phil Donkin - Walk Alone
The bassist had been planning a solo album for a long time, but embracing such a plan and then actually putting it into practice are two different things, admits Donkin. “It's one thing to play a solo in a song or introduce it with an intro on the bass. But I felt I could grow as a musician if I could find enough material for an entire album that would hold a listener's interest. That was the challenge for me.” (Klaeng Records, 2023)