Label: Stash Records - ST-276 • Format: Vinyl LP • Country: US • Genre: Jazz •
Could it be because humor is suspect in jazz and the Microscopic Septet puts a humorous spin on everything it does? More important, the soloists eschew the wanton virtuosity of which they seem more than capable for selfless thematic development — which makes sense, given that the material, by soprano saxophonist Phillip Johnston and pianist Joel Forrester, is so choice. XXX, No. Most of the pieces the Micros play during a set are short, so the soloists have to get to the point right away — always a good idea.
We even used Seltzer Sound, where Eubie Blake used to record. Written by Phillip Johnston soprano and Joel Forrester piano Z Train mirrors the time changes and moodswings of a typical Micro performance. The rest is original…. Unlike other retro-swing bands…the Microscopic Septet breathes life into the past while keeping a clear eye and ear on the present and future. Playing in styles laced with nostalgia, the septet specializes in era-hopping, grafting a blues stomp into a rhumba or a reggae to a boogie-woogie, or bending swing harmonies into Bartokian angles.
At another, the band members donned fezzes to blast through some rousing dance grooves. Download Main page wide range. The microscopic septet take the z train Summer And Lightning - Electric Light Orchestra - Out Of The Blue [P] Seya Wa Mama Ndalamba (Marital Celebration) - Les Troubadours Du Roi Baudouin - Missa Luba music is joyously schizophrenic.
Within the first 90 seconds of the opening cut, the rhythm goes from mainstream Jazz to rock back to mainstream into latin over to swing. Johnston likes to throw curves into each of his compositions. He is not content with just keeping the beat he pushes and prods, adding melodic fills, signaling the changes and making them sound effortless. Take The Z Train is an intriguing blend of froth and substance that will keep the listener off stride throughout.
So, crank up the volume, roll up the rug, and let it roll. Be forewarned — one dose is addictive — recommended! Kamins, CadenceVol. The music here sounds the way an Art Deco spaceship looks — elaborately stylish and utterly impractical. But it manages to get off the ground anyway, rising up through a swirl of ragged ensemble passages and freewheeling solos.
In sum, this may be pseudo-jazz, but it sure has a good time at it. With a line up that features four saxophones, bass, drums and piano, The Microscopic Septet plays a funky mixture of swing, be-bop, and lounge jazz, with avant-garde accents, New Orleans sass and a touch of humor. This is a jazz band. Real jazz. Then fake you again.
Here are seven non-dwarfs who play jazz that is popular music — without any loss in the H. They swing, they rock, they bop, they exude food for fun, prophesy cool nights for the future near and far out. Ellingtonian reed fanfares, Rova-like contrapuntalisms, and false endings. Surprisingly, given shifting time signatures, it all swings together — kudos to the rhythm trio.
The tinge of avant-garde playing was, in fact, what gave the group the necessary bite to keep them from falling back into saccharine routines. This is a band that plays pretty and hot. Not surprisingly, those saxes sound as slinky apart as they do when blended. The reedfolk take tuneful, accessible solos on plain chords, playing with taste and imagination and without a whiff of commercial panderingand making it sound easy… the rhythm section…rely on self effacing perfect timing.
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Off Beat Infernal Garden Blues - The Microscopic Septet* - Beauty Based On Science! (The Visit) …contains more than enough special moments to make it well-worth the purchase. The Micros swing hard from the first note of Brooklyn In The Fiftiesan updated jump tune Infernal Garden Blues - The Microscopic Septet* - Beauty Based On Science! (The Visit) sets the mood for the whole album. Besides — you have to love a band that plays tunes like March Of The Video Reptiles and hires William Kotzwinkle to write zany liner notes.
A record to shake you out of routine and lethargy. Then combine the two and you have a fairly close approximation of the wacky I Am The Babylon - The Lowest - Divided noir this oddball crew creates. The rest is original… Unlike other retro-swing bands…the Microscopic Septet breathes life into the past while keeping a clear eye and ear on the present and future.
The Septet has been affected by Duke Ellington in its voicings and in the work of Johnston and Davis, who suggests various sides of Johnny Hodges and by the satiric doings of Carla Bley and Archie Shepp. It likes old blues riffs, free Ornette Coleman jamming, Charles Mingus tempo changes, and a steady four-four beat.
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