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Le Nuove Avventure di Phillip Johnston

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Il sessantaquattrenne signor Phillip Johnston è un avanguardista autentico da tempi non sospetti. Famoso ai più per essere stato uno dei fondatori di quella straordinaria fucina creativa che risponde al nome di Microscopic Septet dove passano o sono passati Joel Forrester, ma anche di John Zorn, Don Davis, Richard Dworkin, David Hofstra, Dave Sewelson, George Bishop, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Phillip Johnston: Back From Down Under

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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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Microscopic Septet: Been Up So Long It Looks Like Down to Me: The Micros Play the Blues

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Since its inception, the Microscopic Septet has endeavored to uphold co-founder Phillip Johnston's motto to “break all the rules and respect all the saints." Coming out of New York's internecine jazz wars of the early 1980s, with avant-gardists and traditionalists each denying the other side's legitimacy, the Micros tried to bridge the divide: showing that respect ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Microscopic Septet: Been Up So Long It Looks Like Down to Me: The Micros Play the Blues

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Saxophonist Phillip Johnston founded The Microscopic Septet in 1980 when the group briefly counted John Zorn as one of its members. They recorded four albums and were a regular presence in New York's downtown scene before disbanding in 1992. In 2006 Cuneiform Records re-released the four albums leading to the reformation of the group and presently, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Microscopic Septet: Manhattan Moonrise

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Solo pochi anni orsono, quando mi trovai a scrivere di History of the Micros, i due straordinari capitoli summa summarum di questa band originariamente attiva dal 1980 al 1992 e tornata alle incisioni dopo più di un decennio di pausa creativa e produttiva agli inizi del nuovo millennio, mi trovai a raccontare delle classiche situazioni underground ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Microscopic Septet: Manhattan Moonrise

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In the 80s, the band engendered a cagey slant on mainstream swing and then morphed into the risk-taking New York downtown scene, eventually garnering widespread attention and sell-out crowds at the Knitting Factory and other hip venues. They regrouped in 2006, carrying the torch for what has become a singular sound, ingrained in classic jazz stylizations, ...

Live at the Hillside Club

Label: BaldHill Records
Released: 2012
Track listing: 1. Bunny Boy (Forrester) 08:12; 2. Some Things Don’t Work out (Forrester) 07:46; 3. Well You Needn’t (Monk) 05:11; 4. Splat (Johnston) 03:31; 5. Your Little Dog (Forrester) 07:34; 6. Second Nature (Forrester) 04:21; 7. Loser’s Blues (Forrester) 06:31; 8. Pannonica (Monk) 08:38; 9. Evidence (Monk) 04:57; 10. Did You Ever Want to Cry (Forrester) 03:31; 11. I Know What Girls Like (Forrester) 04:09; 12. Epistrophy (Monk) 04:34.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Joel Forrester - Phillip Johnston: Live at the Hillside Club

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Joel Forrester e Phillip Johnston registrano per la prima volta un disco in duo dopo quasi quarant'anni di collaborazione e innumerevoli concerti in duo. Insieme, hanno dato vita ad organici diversi, tra i quali il Microscopic Septet è il più longevo. Live at the Hillside Club è stato registrato proprio durante il tour promozionale dell'ultimo disco ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Microscopic Septet: Chance Meeting with the Future

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The Microscopic Septet is all about swing, but swing in a sense extrapolated from the stale, dated pages of the past. Its take on the music of the '30s and '40s is too scholarly to fall off the map as retro, and too deeply felt to be dismissed as a dusty trove of museum pieces. The ...


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