Seven Men in Neckties: History of the Micros, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
The Microscopic Septet recorded sporadically during its decade or so of existence, though this unusual group has captivated those who have discovered their work. Co-founders Phillip Johnston (soprano sax) and Joel Forrester (piano) wrote most of the group's material, featuring some twisted swing that borders on Raymond Scott-like novelty at times, though it's far looser in its execution. Seven Men in Neckties: History of the Micros, Vol. 1 is the first of two double-CD volumes (including the albums Take the Z Train and Let's Flip!) that compile the entire recordings of the Microscopic Septet, while also adding several previously unissued performances. Highlights from the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
The Microscopic Septet recorded sporadically during its decade or so of existence, though this unusual group has captivated those who have discovered their work. Co-founders Phillip Johnston (soprano sax) and Joel Forrester (piano) wrote most of the group's material, featuring some twisted swing that borders on Raymond Scott-like novelty at times, though it's far looser in its execution. Seven Men in Neckties: History of the Micros, Vol. 1 is the first of two double-CD volumes (including the albums Take the Z Train and Let's Flip!) that compile the entire recordings of the Microscopic Septet, while also adding several previously unissued performances. Highlights from the studio sessions include the schizophrenic "Take the Z Train," the humorous "Pack the Ermines, Mary" and the long-running "Fresh Air Theme," which has been heard every weekday on the NPR radio series since the early '90s. The music from Let's Flip! represents the band's only live recording. "The Lobster Parade" is a loopy Latin number, while "Let's Flip!" teases the listener with references to such pieces as "Killer Joe," "Fly Me to the Moon" and "Old Devil Moon" as it saunters on its way. The one standard heard is a breezy rendition Billy Strayhorn's "Johnny Come Lately" which showcases baritone saxophonist David Sewelson and Phillip Johnston on soprano sax. While it is a shame that the Microscopic Septet wasn't able to record more frequently, fans will definitely want to pick up this two-CD compilation and its companion, Surrealistic Swing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/19/2006
  • Label: Cuneiform
  • UPC: 045775023625
  • Catalog Number: 750236
  • Sales rank: 338,110

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Chinese Twilight Zone (6:42)
  2. 2 Wishful Thinking (3:23)
  3. 3 Take the Z Train (7:24)
  4. 4 Mr. Bradley Mr. Martin (2:57)
  5. 5 Kelly Grows Up (5:05)
  6. 6 Pack the Ermines, Mary (3:52)
  7. 7 I Didn't Do It (8:45)
  8. 8 A Strange Thought Entered My Head (5:07)
  9. 9 Part at Pj's (6:30)
  10. 10 Bee Beep (8:02)
  11. 11 True (8:29)
  12. 12 Fresh Air Theme (0:57)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Lobster Parade (5:56)
  2. 2 Second Avenue (5:50)
  3. 3 Why Not? (3:39)
  4. 4 Let's Flip! (5:43)
  5. 5 Lazlo's Lament (6:58)
  6. 6 Boo Boo Coming (5:34)
  7. 7 Johnny Come Lately (7:07)
  8. 8 The Mirror (7:04)
  9. 9 Hoftstra's Dilemma (5:53)
  10. 10 Women in Slow Motion (7:51)
  11. 11 Hey Wayne (4:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Microscopic Septet Primary Artist
Richard Dworkin Drums
Joel Forrester Piano
John Hagen Tenor Saxophone
Dave Hofstra Tuba
Phillip Johnston Soprano Saxophone
Danny Nigro Tenor Saxophone
John Zorn Saxophone
Don Davis Alto Saxophone
Paul Shapiro Tenor Saxophone
John Hagen Tenor Saxophone
Dave Sewelson Baritone Saxophone
Danny Nigro Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Phillip Johnston Arranger, Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Danny Miller Producer
Carl Seltzer Engineer
Dick Lucas Engineer
Art Spiegelman Cover Art
Jason Candler Remastering
Richard Foreman Liner Notes
Amy Davis Cover Art
Terry Gross Producer
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