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IN MEMORIAM
PHIL MILLER
In the late 1960s and '70s,
a progressive-rock sound
emanated from Canterbury,
a cathedral town in southeast
England. Dubbed the Canterbury Scene, bands like Soft Machine, Gong, Caravan, and Egg
developed a daring and quirky
sound, mixing expert musicianship with American post-bop,
classical avant-garde, English
folk, rock and roll, beat poetry,
and even whimsical humor.
Phil Miller was guitarist in
several of its best acts, notably
Hatfield & the North, Matching Mole, and the genre's sole
supergroup, National Health.
He later led his own act, In
Cahoots. Miller was 68 when
died October 18 after a long illness. Of his guitar style, Robert
Wyatt (co-founder of Soft Machine and Matching Mole), told
the calyx-canterbury website,
"Phil Miller would rather play
a wrong note than a note that
somebody else had ever played."

Like many of the best
Canterbury musicians, Miller
easily moved between prog
and jazz-fusion, his thick,
angular fuzz lines complementing the complex sounds
of the genre. The 20-minute
"Mumps" from the landmark 1975 Hatfield album
The Rotters' Club is a Miller
master class, with a heavenly

overdrive tone and floating
jazz phrases. In "Fitter Stoke
Has a Bath," Miller delivers a
heavy fuzz attack, again using
his mode-based approach to
soloing, rather than typical
blues bends. In concert, his
bandmates also recall Phil's
contorted facial expressions
as he squeezed out each
strange, beautiful note.

"My first influences, at
age 14, were blues and R&B,
in particular guitarists Earl
Hooker, Otis Rush, and Buddy
Guy," Miller told calyx-canterbury in another interview.
"Parallel to this, I was listening
to advanced jazz such as Miles
Davis and Charles Mingus,
but I couldn't even begin to
do any more than sit there
in stunned admiration. Jimi
Hendrix and Jeff Beck were
thoroughly listened to. Add
to these, Frank Zappa, Mike
Stern, Scott Henderson, John
Scofield, John McLaughlin, and Jaco Pastorius."
Journalist Sid Smith told
teamrock.com, "What was
defining about Phil Miller's
distinctive contributions to
this music wasn't the obvious technical ability, but
the way in which he imbued
it with a quality that was
self-deprecating, warm, and
welcoming. Much like the
man himself." - Pete Prown


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