Phillip Johnston: Page of Madness (2009)
Johnston doubles on soprano and alto saxophones, joined by Joe Ruddick (piano and baritone sax), vibraphonist Mark Josefberg and bassist David Hofstra (all members of his group of that time, The Transparent Quartet), utilizing a combination of written and improvised sections, though they were tightly synchronized to individual scenes. He omitted the extended periods of silence, jesting that he might be sued by the John Cage Estate. While most fans of Johnston's music will not have seen this vintage movie, the music stands on its own merits, conveying the sense of loneliness, despair, confusion and other emotions that the character would feel in such a tragic environment. There are only brief liner notes within the CD, but Johnston provides a link to his website for more extensive notes, along with YouTube links to view film excerpts with the synchronized score. This fascinating music will have immediate appeal to anyone familiar with Johnston's earlier CDs.
Track Listing: Prelude; The Dancer; The Mad Wife; The Visit; The Asylum; Parting the Waters; There's a Riot Goin' On; Home Life; Home Life Ruined; Escape Attempt; The Dream; The Masks; At Peace With a Mop.
Personnel: Phillip Johnston: soprano saxophone, alto saxophone; Joe Ruddick: piano, baritone saxophone; Mark Josefsberg: vibraphone; David Hofstra: bass.
Record Label: Asynchronous
Style: Modern Jazz