Barre Phillips (born October 27, 1934, in San Francisco, California, United States) is an American jazz bassist. A professional musician since 1960, he migrated to New York City in 1962, then to Europe in 1967. Since 1972, he has been based in southern France where, in 2014, he founded the European Improvisation Center.

He studied briefly in 1959 with S. Charles Siani, Assistant Principal Bassist with the San Francisco Symphony. During the 1960s, he recorded with (among others) Eric Dolphy, Jimmy Giuffre, Archie Shepp, Peter Nero, Attila Zoller, Lee Konitz and Marion Brown.

Phillips' 1968 recording of solo bass improvisations, issued as Journal Violone in the US, Unaccompanied Barre in England, and Basse Barre in France on Futura Records, is generally credited as the first solo bass record. A 1971 record with Dave Holland, Music from Two Basses, was probably the first record of improvised double bass duets.

In the 1970s, he was a member of the well-regarded and influential group The Trio, with saxophonist John Surman and drummer Stu Martin. In the 1980s and 1990s, he played regularly with the London Jazz Composers Orchestra, led by fellow bassist Barry Guy. He worked on soundtracks of the motion pictures Merry-Go-Round (1981), Naked Lunch (1991, together with Ornette Coleman) and Alles was baumelt, bringt Glück! (2013).

He has also worked with (among many others) bassists Peter Kowald and Joëlle Léandre, guitarist Derek Bailey, clarinetists Theo Jörgensmann and Aurélien Besnard, saxophonists Peter Brötzmann, Evan Parker and Joe Maneri, and pianist Paul Bley.

Barre is the father of the rock guitarist, Jay Crawford from the band Bomb; of the bassist Dave Phillips; and of singer Claudia Phillips, who was a one-hit wonder in France in 1987 with "Quel souci La Boétie".

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1968Journal VioloneBarre Phillips1
1970Alors!!!Michel Portal, John Surman, Barre Phillips, Stu Martin, Jean-Pierre Drouet1
1971Music From Two BassesDavid Holland / Barre Phillips1
1973For All It IsBarre Phillips1
1974It's Up to YouFriedrich Gulda - Paul Fuchs . Limpe Fuchs . Albert Mangelsdorff . Barre Phillips . Mounir Bashir . Gerhard Herrmann . Leszek Zadlo . Ursula Anders1
1976MountainscapesBarre Phillips2
1978Three Day MoonBarre Phillips1
1979Die Jungen: Random GeneratorsPeter Kowald, Barre Phillips1
1979Engatsse !Bernard Lubat Et Hervé Bourde Et Barre Phillips1
1980Journal Violone IIBarre Phillips2
1981Music by...Barre Phillips1
1984Call Me When You Get ThereBarre Phillips1
1987PassagesDenis Levaillant Avec Barry Altschul Et Barre Phillips1
1988FiguringDerek Bailey & Barre Phillips1
1989Open SpacesArrigo Cappelletti Duo & Trio Featuring Barre Phillips1
1989RéservéBrötzmann, Sommer, Phillips1
1990CamouflageBarre Phillips1
1990NaxosBarre Phillips1
1991ArcusBarry Guy & Barre Phillips1
1991Heavy MentalRoland Heinz, Barre Phillips, Bill Elgart, Leszek Zadlo1
1992Aquarian RainBarre Phillips2
1993Autour De La RadeA. Jaume / B. Altschul / B. Phillips1
1994Two Strings Will Do It灰野敬二, Barre Phillips & 豊住芳三郎1
1994Looking Out Our WindowHans Burgener, Barre Phillips, Martin Schütz1
1995Time Will TellPaul Bley, Evan Parker, Barre Phillips1
1996Etchings in the Air灰野敬二 & Barre Phillips1
1996No PiecesBarre Phillips1
1996UzuBarre Phillips / Yoshizawa Motoharu1
1998Heat TransferHans Burgener, Barre Phillips, Martin Schütz1
1998Jazzd'aiàBarre Phillips, Serge Pesce, Jean Luc Danna1
1998One Way OutBiggi Vinkeloe, Barre Phillips, Peeter Uuskyla1
1999Play 'em as They FallBarre Phillips & Kazuo Imai1
1999Lest By BarreBarre Phillips1
1999Tales of RohnliefJoe Maneri, Barre Phillips & Mat Maneri1
1999TrignitionBarre Phillips, Bertram Turetzky, Vinny Golia1
2000Lone Jack PineJeannette Lambert, Barre Phillips, Michel Lambert1
2000Other SongsGeorg Graewe, Barre Phillips, Peter van Bergen1
2000Sankt Gerold VariationsPaul Bley, Evan Parker, Barre Phillips1
2001Journal Violone 9Barre Phillips1
2001MaghzenBiggi Vinkeloe, Barre Phillips1
2001October Bass Tri-LogueBarre Phillips, Nobuyoshi Ino, Tetsu Saitoh1
2001The Space BetweenThe Space Between: Philip Gelb, Pauline Oliveros, Dana Reason, Barre Phillips1
2001Voluminous VentureMasashi Harada & Barre Phillips1
2002RacinesBarre Phillips1
2002Vieles ist einsJoscha Oetz with Barre Phillips, Andreas Wagner, Greg Stuart1
2004Angles of ReposeJoe Maneri, Barre Phillips & Mat Maneri1
2004After You GoneBarre Phillips, Joëlle Léandre, William Parker, Tetsu Saitoh1
2006Live in ViennaBarre Phillips1
2006Orbit 2: Voyaging AntipodesTetsu Saitoh, Kazuo Imai, Barre Phillips, Lauren Newton, Jacques Demierre, Urs Leimgruber1
2008Arts InterplayRoy Campbell, Maria Mitchell, Barre Phillips, John Betsch, Jeff Schlanger1
2008A L'ImprovisteBarre Phillips & Joëlle Léandre1
2008Elm City DuetsJoe Morris, Barre Phillips1
2008Teatro MuseoRené Bottlang, Barre Phillips, Christian Lété1
2009Peitzer Grand mit VierenGünter Baby Sommer, Manfred Schoof, Gianluigi Trovesi, Barre Phillips1
2009PortraitsBarre Phillips1
2010Birds AbideBarre Phillips, Catherine Jauniaux, Malcolm Goldstein1
2011Everybody Else But MeTony Bevan, Matthew Bourne, Tony Buck, Barre Phillips1
2011Sonic Brotherhood - DTFP Israel 2009Mark Dresser, Irina-Kalina Goudeva, JC Jones, Barre Phillips, Bert Turetzky1
2011The Rock on the HillLol Coxhill, Barre Phillips & JT Bates1
2013SchwarmSebastian Gramss Bassmasse featuring Barre Phillips, Tetsu Saitoh, Achim Tang, Robert Landfermann, Ulrich Phillipp1
2013Les Passagers Du Delta (The Passengers of the Delta)Altshul, Levaillant, Phillips1
20133 on a Thin LineHarold Rubin, Barre Phillips, Tatsuya Nakatani1
2016New York CItyBarre Phillips, Marc Pichelin, Kristof Guez1
2016Breath of TimeEric Plandé + Barre Phillips1
2017No Man's ZoneBarre Phillips avec Emilie Lesbros1
2018Oh My, Those Boys!Barre Phillips, Motoharu Yoshizawa = 吉沢元治1
2018End To EndBarre Phillips2
2019SlipsHemingway, Phillips, Moore1

Album + Live

1970Live At The "Gill's Club"Siegfried Kessler, Barre Phillips & Steve McCall1
1977Nachricht vom LandeFriedrich Gulda, Ursula Anders, Barre Phillips, John Surman, Cecil Taylor, Stu Martin, Albert Mangelsdorff1
1998Live "Okidoki"吉沢元治 Featuring Barre Phillips, Kim Dae Hwan1
2006Live in Puget-VilleMalcolm Goldstein, Barre Phillips1
2009While You Were OutNed Rothenberg, Catherine Jauniaux, Barre Phillips1
2013Live at Space WhoBass Ensemble GEN311: Barre Phillips, Kazuhiro Tanabe, Masao Tajima, Pearl Alexander, Takashi Seo, Tetsu Saitoh1
20132012.10.26 Hall EGG FARMKosugi Takehisa, Barre Phillips & Takahashi Yuji1


Alors !!!Michel Portal, John Surman, Barre Phillips, Stu Martin, Jean-Pierre Drouet1

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