parlando playlist #59-60: the microscopic septet - i saw you in utah (idaho) [1987]; come from behind [1988]. also, the microscopic septet kickstarter campaign

Posted on November 8th, 2013 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Parlando Playlist.

I've been remiss* about mentioning the Microscopic Septet kickstarter campaign for recording their new album, Manhattan Moonrise. In the eighties they recorded four albums, all of them excellent-to-great**, and in the last several years they've got back together, and every time I saw them (both in the eighties and recently) they've been great.*** I've played them for several people, and mostly they've been converted fans, saying things like "I'm a melody kind of gal and tend to dislike [****] that doesn't have enough [melody], but this is lovely!" The kickstarter campaign is halfway through, and I want this album.

The Microscopic Septet has two songwriters, each of them responsible for about half of their songs. So: Phillip Johnston, writer of "I Saw You in Utah (Idaho)", from the Septet's third album Off Beat Glory; and Joel Forrester, writer of "Come From Behind", from the fourth album Beauty Based on Science (The Visit).
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* google for "I've been remiss": about 1,230,000 results.
** really!
*** fantastic, wonderful, mahvelous, tremendous, utterly positively terrific, the cat's pajamas, exceptional. Peachy!
**** again, in Parlando Playlist, I don't want to give away genre before people have a chance to listen.

current parlando playlist

4 comments.

Gavin

Comment on November 29th, 2013.

I like "I Saw You in Utah" fine--it's professional and polished, but leaves me unmoved. I feel like I've heard it done better by other jazz artists. "Come From Behind" is just great, though. It swings, it's got a cool melody, it feels modern.

Scraps

Comment on November 29th, 2013.

Yeah! Joel Forrester! (I probably picked the wrong Johnston one.)

Also, they got funded!

Gavin

Comment on November 29th, 2013.

Do the two songwriters have distinct approaches, in general?

Scraps

Comment on November 29th, 2013.

Well, no (to me). Usually I can't tell*. Quirky, melodic jazz. I know that if a person likes Raymond Scott, they usually like the Microscopic Septet too, even though the songwriters are separated by sixty years or so.

*They have distinctive styles when they lead other bands, though.

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