Been Up So Long It Looks Like Down to Me: The Micros Play the Blues
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Album · 2017

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Tracklist

1. Cat Toys (4:33)
2. Blues Cubistico (2:47)
3. Dark Blue (6:34)
4. Don’t Mind If I Do (4:25)
5. Migraine Blues (for Wendlyn Alter) (4:50)
6. PJ in the 60s (6:21)
7. When It’s Getting Dark (4:34)
8. Simple-Minded Blues (5:43)
9. After You, Joel (2:28)
10. 12 Angry Birds (4:26)
11. Quizzical (5:51)
12. Silent Night (6:21)
13. I’ve Got a Right to Cry (3:16)

Line-up/Musicians

Phillip Johnston - soprano saxophone
Don Davis - alto saxophone
Mike Hashim - tenor saxophone
Dave Sewelson - baritone saxophone
Joel Forrester - piano
Dave Hofstra - bass
Richard Dworkin - drums

About this release

Cuneiform RUNE 425 (US)

Recorded May 24–25, 2016 at Tedesco Studios

Thanks to snobb for the addition and js for the updates

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kev rowland
The complete title of this album is ‘Been Up So Long It Looks Like Down To Me: The Micros Play The Blues’, and was recorded in just two days last May. The Micros were originally formed in 1980, but split up in 1992 after releasing four albums. These were then reissued as two double CD sets by Cuneiform in 2006, which were so successful that it prompted the band to reform (with only one line-up change). Since then they have released three other albums, and are now back with their fourth. There is only one problem, now that I’ve heard this one I’m going to have to go back and get all the others! When playing jazz recorded before 1960, something I’ve been doing a lot of over the last few years, there are some bands that come close to the boundary with blues, providing a swing and feeling that interweaves the two genres, and that is what I am listening to right now.

This is class Golden Age jazz being taken into blues and creating music that is incredibly accessible, enjoyable, and just so damn soulful all at the same time. My father introduced me to jazz when I was young, encouraging me to listen to Jack Teagarden, Gene Krupa, Bunk Johnson and others, and I know he would get a real kick out of this release as it is right up his alley. They’ve listened to the orchestrations of Duke Ellington, and the way that Thelonious Monk played piano, and brought all this into an incredible album that I can listen to all day. Strangely enough, the song that made the most impression on me is not a blues number as such, but instead is a rather well-known carol. I can honestly say I’ve never heard “Silent Night” played like this before. It starts with just piano, but there is dissonance and chords that don’t quite fit, but actually do very well indeed. This moves into a full band piece that is always recognisable but is taking the song into very new directions indeed. This is a wonderful album, and for details on this and many more invaluable releases visit the label

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