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As a percussionist for everyone from classic rock’n’rollers to experimental proggers and jazzy mavericks, Simon Phillips marches to the beat of his own drum.

Simon Phillips has enjoyed a remarkable and varied career as a drummer. After debuting in his father’s jazz group, The Sid Phillips Band, aged 12, he’s gone on to become an in-demand session player. He played with Mike Oldfield on his 1983 album Crises – where he took his first tentative steps in production – as well as joining forces with The Who, jazz giants like Stanley Clarke, and most recently with Japanese piano phenomenon Hiromi Uehara. In 2014 he ended a 22-year tenure playing with Toto to essentially concentrate on his own jazz-fusion project, Protocol. The group comprises Andy Timmons on guitar, Steve Weingart on keys and Ernest Tibbs on bass.

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