Cuneiform: The Microscopic Septet – Seven Men In Neckties / Dieses Wochenende für Seven

„Posterity is going to remember the Microscopic Septet as one of the best bands of the 1980s.“– The Philadelphia Inquirer // “…at once capriciously whimsical and deadly serious.” – New York Sun


The group started with a basic reeds-and-rhythm texture (soprano, alto, tenor and baritone sax, piano, bass and drums) that was sonically similar to the sound of the Swing Era. However, they employed these textures to address a widely eclectic range of styles, from free-form music to R&B, rhumbas and ragtime. The result was a brilliant blend of fresh-sounding orchestration and inspired soloing.

Beloved in New York, where they generally drew capacity crowds, „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 mid 1980s onward.

This beautifully packaged and annotated set includes new cover artwork by Pulitzer-prize winning illustrator Art Spiegelman, new notes by leader Phillip Johnston, lots of great photographs and newly remastered versions of the first two albums by the band: „Take The Z Train“ and „Let’s Flip!“, as well as quite a lot of never-before released material, including the well-known theme to the NPR show Fresh Air.

The majority of this set has never appeared on CD and all of it has been unavailable for a number of years.



Let’s Flip! LP

Recorded at Mephisto, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, November 23, 1984
Engineer: Dick Lucas
Photographs by Luba Burtyk (group) & Hans van de Pol (PJ)
Design: Frans Beekman
Production Coordination: Craig Johnson
Liner notes: Richard Foreman
Produced by George Coppens

Personnel:

Phillip Johnston: Soprano Saxophone
Don Davis: Alto Saxophone
Danny Nigro: Tenor Saxophone
Dave Sewelson: Baritone Saxophone
Joel Forrester: Piano
David Hofstra: Bass
Richard Dworkin: Drums

Originally released in 1985 as Osmosis Records 6003
Never issued on CD

Fresh Air sessions

Fresh Air theme music produced by Terry Gross and Danny Miller
Recorded January 17, 1990 at Manhattan Recording Company, New York City
Engineer: Stuart Lehrman
Executive Producer: Andy Caploe

Fresh Air with Terry Gross is produced at WHYY in Philadelphia and
distributed by National Public Radio
Web site: www.freshair.npr.org

Personnel:

Phillip Johnston: Soprano Saxophone
Don Davis: Alto Saxophone
Paul Shapiro: Tenor Saxophone
Dave Sewelson: Baritone Saxophone
Joel Forrester: Piano
David Hofstra: Bass
Richard Dworkin: Drums

Never issued on CD.

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