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

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

by Microscopic Septet
 
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,

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/19/2006
Label:
Cuneiform
UPC:
0045775023625
catalogNumber:
750236

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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
Richard Foreman   Liner Notes
Amy Davis   Cover Art
Terry Gross   Producer

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