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Cutting Both Ways

by Phil Miller

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Phil Miller made his name as guitarist with the legendary Canterbury bands Delivery, Matching Mole, Hatfield & the North and National Health. After the demise of National Health, he began preparing for a solo career that began with Cutting Both Ways and continued until he passed away in October, 2017.

This was the first album released under his own name, and the first album to feature his band In Cahoots, who are pretty much of a supergroup themselves: Hugh Hopper-bass (Soft Machine), Elton Dean-saxes (Soft Machine), Peter Lemer-keyboards (Gilgamesh, Mike Oldfield, Pierre Moerlen's Gong) & Pip Pyle-drums (Gong, Hatfield, National Health).

Additionally, two tracks are multi-overdubbed meetings between Phil and keyboardist Dave Stewart (Egg, Hatfield, National Health) and Barbara Gaskin (Hatfield).

Canterbury jazz/rock of the highest order.

"This album comprises two aspects of my compositional output. The first is represented by the four pieces recorded by my band, In Cahoots, and the second by the two pieces recorded in collaboration with Dave Stewart. In Cahoots has toured Europe extensively in the past two years. The music recorded here is largely a result of the live-in-the-studio approach. This contrasts with the two pieces recorded in collaboration with Dave. Here the orientation is towards multi-tracking, utilizing the latests developments in music technology."
– Phil Miller

"An oasis for Canterbury fans in the midst of the otherwise barren 1980s, Phil Miller's Cutting Both Ways features a veritable who's who of Canterbury.Balancing the album between modern-sounding releases with up-to-date synthesisers in the company of Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin and more traditional jazzy Canterbury fare with the help of Elton Dean, Hugh Hopper, Pip Pyle and Peter Lerner, the real trick here is how Miller manages to make these differing approaches sound so natural next to each other. Phil might be "cutting both ways" here, but each way sounds like a natural outgrowth of the other, yielding one of the most original and interesting Canterbury releases since the 1970s."
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released January 1, 1989

tracks 1, 2, 3, 6:
Phil Miller - guitar
Hugh Hopper - bass
Elton Dean - alto sax, saxello
Pip Pyle - drums
Peter Lemer - keyboards

recorded at Spaceward, November 1985.


tracks 4, 5
Phil Miller - guitar, synth guitar
Dave Stewart - DX7, MSQ, SP 12, Prophet emulator keyboards
Barbara Gaskin - voice

recorded at Grove Park Studios, 1986


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