THE MICROSCOPIC SEPTET
(Post-70s) Eclectic Fusion / Swing • United States

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Active for roughly a dozen years, the Microscopic Septet was widely recognized as "New York's Most Famous Unknown Band." The group started with a basic reeds-and-rhythm texture that was sonically similar to the sound of the Swing Era. However, they employed this texture to address a widely eclectic range of styles, from free-form music to R&B, reggae, rhumbas and ragtime. The result was a brilliant blend of fresh-sounding orchestration ideas and inspired soloing. Along with Don Byron and former band-member John Zorn, The "Micros" were also 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. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License and may also be available under the GNU FDL.
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Been Up So Long It Looks Like Down To Me: The Micros Play The BluesBeen Up So Long It Looks Like Down To Me: The Micros Play The Blues
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Seven Men In NecktiesSeven Men In Neckties
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Surrealistic SwingSurrealistic Swing
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Lobster Leaps InLobster Leaps In
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Take the Z Train by The Microscopic Septet (1998-05-19)Take the Z Train by The Microscopic Septet (1998-05-19)
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Take The Z Train
(Post-70s) Eclectic Fusion 1983
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Off Beat Glory
(Post-70s) Eclectic Fusion 1986
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Beauty Based On Science! (The Visit)
(Post-70s) Eclectic Fusion 1988
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Lobster Leaps In
(Post-70s) Eclectic Fusion 2008
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Friday the Thirteenth: The Micros Play Monk
(Post-70s) Eclectic Fusion 2011
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Manhattan Moonrise
(Post-70s) Eclectic Fusion 2014
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Been Up So Long It Looks Like Down to Me: The Micros Play the Blues
Swing 2017

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Let's Flip!
(Post-70s) Eclectic Fusion 1985

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Seven Men in Neckties
(Post-70s) Eclectic Fusion 2006
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Surrealistic Swing: The History of the Micros, Volume 2
(Post-70s) Eclectic Fusion 2006

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THE MICROSCOPIC SEPTET Been Up So Long It Looks Like Down to Me: The Micros Play the Blues

Album · 2017 · Swing
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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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