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Avant-Retro or Retro-Avant? Part II

Read "Avant-Retro or Retro-Avant? Part II" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Anthony Braxton playing standards? Don Byron and Phillip Johnston playing the music of Raymond Scott? Nothing to be suprised about... as musicians have a more open mind than critics like to recognize. So here's the second part of this week's show focusing on retro-sounding jazz performed by forward-leaning musicians -a bit like the jazz equivalent of Blade Runner. For the first part of this episode Happy listening! Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash ...

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Multiple Reviews

Phillip Johnston Returns with Diggin' Bones and The Adventures of Prince Achmed

Read "Phillip Johnston Returns with Diggin' Bones and The Adventures of Prince Achmed" reviewed by John Kelman


The consequences of change in the music industry have been predicted for some time now but, with far too many blinkered deniers, it's had to begin approaching critical mass before being recognized for what it is: the commoditization and devaluation of music that has led to increasing challenges for musicians looking to maintain any kind of reasonable living. Sure, there are the bigger names who continue to thrive, and it's easy to point to the absurd volume of music being ...

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Interview

Phillip Johnston: Back From Down Under

Read "Phillip Johnston: Back From Down Under" reviewed by Ken Dryden


IntroductionPhillip Johnston is best known to many jazz fans as co-founder of The Microscopic Septet, though the saxophonist and composer has led many groups of his own and co-led others, including Big Trouble, The Transparent Quartet, Fast 'N' Bulbous and The Spokes. In addition, Johnston has composed and performed numerous soundtracks for both silent and modern films. A long time New York City resident, he relocated with his family to Australia over a decade ago, though he has continued to ...

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Album Review

Phillip Johnston: Page of Madness

Read "Page of Madness" reviewed by Ken Dryden


Phillip Johnston first drew critical acclaim for his work as a saxophonist and composer in the Microscopic Septet. Since the group disbanded in 1992 (though it reunited for a new recording last year and occasional concerts), he distinguished himself leading various groups of his own (often several at the same time), composing quirky jazz that was avant-garde yet accessible, including several scores for films directed by Doris Dorrie, Philip Haas and Paul Mazursky. He was commissioned by the Film Society ...

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Album Review

Phillip Johnston: Page Of Madness

Read "Page Of Madness" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Saxophonist and composer Phillip Johnston has always been a step (or two) out of synch with trends in modern music. And that is a good thing. His eclectic '80s band Microscopic Septet was never given its due. Now, twenty years later, with the reissue of its Seven Men in Neckties: History of the Micros, Vol. 1 (Cuneiform, 2006) and Surrealistic Swing: History of the Micros, Vol. 2 (Cuneiform, 2006), and its new recording Lobster Leaps In (Cuneiform, 2008) the group ...

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Album Review

Phillip Johnston: Rub Me the Wrong Way

Read "Rub Me the Wrong Way" reviewed by AAJ Staff


By Ken Waxman

Dance music--or more accurately music for dance--is part of the answer to the question of what one pioneering New York downtowner, saxophonist Phillip Johnston, is up to these days.

While it's helpful to have Johnston's work preserved, and the seventeen tracks on Rub Me the Wrong Way are well-played and voiced so that the various four-piece ensembles express the textures usually found from an orchestra, these still are sounds meant to accompany dancers. It would seem that ...


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