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The Microscopic Septet: Been Up So Long It Looks Like Down to Me (Cuneiform)

The Microscopic Septet explores the blues almost exclusively on its eighth album. Soprano saxophonist Phillip Johnston and pianist Joel Forrester, the band’s leaders since its founding in 1980, have written a dozen blues-form tunes that manage to sound nothing like one another. One of the 12, to be fair, is a reharmonized version of “Silent … Read More “The Microscopic Septet: Been Up So Long It Looks Like Down to Me (Cuneiform)”

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The Microscopic Septet: Friday the 13th: The Micros Play Monk

The Microscopic Septet has been around for 30 years, but until recently the band-though influenced by Thelonious Monk from its earliest days-had recorded a grand total of one Monk tune. Now comes Friday the 13th: The Micros Play Monk, an album of 12 Monk covers. It is splendid fun. Friday the 13th proves, again, that … Read More “The Microscopic Septet: Friday the 13th: The Micros Play Monk”

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