Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Take the Z Train
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop
A gimmick of epic proportions
Geofredo | Montreal | 06/03/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Between this and the other Microscopic lp "Beauty based on science", a whole other genre of noir-jazz is unleashed on hapless but eager listeners. The fun involved in what must have been a lengthy process nailing these highly arranged compositions by either Phil Johnston (saxes) or Joel Forrester (piano) is readily apparent, especially in "A Strange Thought Entered My Head". "Kelly Grows Up" is a lovely piece that could have come from the 40's, except the theme keeps convoluting so much, and the feel the septet bring to the performance is so gestural that you begin to realize these guys are pretty special. When they first presented this stuff at jazz festivals and shows, most folks didn't know what to think... unfortunately overlooking the great instrumental talent of the band, especially the rhythm section. If you know who the Kamikaze Ground Crew are, or the Clubfoot Orchestra, this should ignite your enthusiasm. If you also like jump'n'jive music and early r'n'b, this is a very imaginative retrofit, and a definite party pick."