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I Cakewalked With A Zombie

Phillip Johnston

Label: Earshift Music
Released: 2023
Duration: 00:60:00
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Zuzilla Strut; Grandpa’s Spells; Chant of the Weed; Everyone Deserves Everything All The Time; Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning; Potato Head Blues; Longing; Jazz Lips; My, What An Ugly Baby!; Awful Sad; Damp Rag; In A Mist; Baby Steps; Frog-I-More Rag; Spanish Swat.


Peter Farrar
saxophone, alto
Tim Clarkson
saxophone, tenor
James Loughnan
saxophone, baritone
James Greening

Additional Personnel / Information

Peter Dasent, piano

Album Description

Sydney-based saxophonist/composer and New York expat Phillip Johnston leads the 8-piece miniature repertory ensemble, The Greasy Chicken Orchestra, through innovative arrangements of jazz of the 1920s and 1930s, as well as his original music reflecting that musical language on their new release, I Cakewalked With a Zombie. This long-evolving project continues Johnston’s exploration of the history of orchestration and composition-focussed ensembles, such as The Microscopic Septet, Big Trouble, and The Silent Six. The group consists of a four-saxophone front line and rhythm section, featuring leading jazz artists from Sydney. The music leaves room for individual expression of its unique soloists and aims to express a combination of freedom and discipline, a love of jazz history and creativity, and the infectious rhythm, mystery and sheer joy of the jazz of this era. "Johnston has always understood that jazz's history is a rich resource rather than a liability, and with this band he immerses himself almost completely in this era of energised and good-humoured dance music. . . a nuanced and blended sonority, combined with an emphasis on pinpoint arrangements and concise solos." –John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald

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