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Microscopic Septet, The
Lobster Leaps In

Microscopic Septet, The : Lobster Leaps In (Cuneiform)
Label: Cuneiform    
Released in: USA    

"Originally active from 1980-1992, the "Micros" started with a basic reeds-and-rhythm texture that was sonically similar to the sound of the Swing Era, but used influences from the entire continuum of jazz. The result was a brilliant blend of fresh-sounding orchestration, ideas, compositions and inspired soloing.

The Micros were one of the most celebrated of the many cutting-edge units associated with experimental music's best-known venue, the Knitting Factory, during the peak years of the "Downtown" music movement in the late '80s and early '90s. In 2006, Cuneiform reissued their four albums as two double CD sets, which gained stupendous praise, attention and sales and the Micros reunited to play a few shows to celebrate their release and had such a good fun that they decided to make it 'an occasional regular thing'.

So, the Microscopic Septet are back with their first album in 20 years! Their sound is the sound of jazz in America; ALL of it, from Ayler to Zorn, bebop to Basie, Ellington to Thelonious. The Microscopic Septet distill the essence of jazz into a sound that swings - a music that is intelligent, sometimes humorous, and always good fun. They aren't afraid to have some fun with the great jazz tradition while also paying homage to it. Despite the long lay-off, I think this is their best album yet. Maybe jazz needs the inventiveness and good-humored, swinging fun of Micros more now than ever before..."-Cuneiform

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Product Information:

UPC: 045775027227

Label: Cuneiform
Catalog ID: RUNE 272
Squidco Product Code: 10536

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded at Peter Karl Recording, Brooklyn, NY, December 14 & 15, 2007.


Don Davis-alto saxophone

Richard Dworkin-drums

Joel Forrester-piano

David Hofstra-bass

Phillip Johnston-soprano saxophone

Dave Sewelson-baritone saxophone

Mike Hashim-tenor saxophone

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Track Listing:

1. Night Train Express 4:21

2. Disconcerto for Donnie 8:03

3. Lobster Leaps In 4:09

4. Got Lucky 6:05

5. Lies 8:35

6. Life's Other Mystery 6:55

7. Almost Right 4:01

8. Money Money Money 9:18

9. Lt. Cassawary 6:11

10. Twilight Time Zone 5:40

11. The Big Squeeze 9:53