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Label: Cuneiform Records
01. Night Train Express; 02. Disconcerto For Donnie; 03. Lobster Leaps In; 04. Got Lucky; 05. Lies; 06. Life's Other Mystery; 07. Almost Right; 08. Money, Money, Money; 09. Lt. Cassawary; 10. Twilight Time Zone; 11. The Big Squeeze.
Phillip Johnston (sax soprano); Don Davis (sax alto); Mike Hashim (sax tenore); Dave Sewelson (sax baritone); Joel Forrester (piano); David Hofstra (basso); Richard Dworkin (batteria).
"...the saxophone-heavy Microscopic Septet drew on a cache of sophisticated improvisers and two of the era's most sophicated and stylistically slippery jazz composers and players – the pianist Joel Forrester and the saxophonist Phillip Johnston. This reunion promises equal parts zaniness and braininess..." – The New Yorker "...the Microscopic Septet served notice that they remain one of New York's most distinctive and entertaining groups." – All About Jazz New York "They took 20 years off, but it seems like they never went away.... Lots of comedy, which is sorely missing from most jazz, and whacked-out solos and ensemble playing. Why wasn't this disc more celebrated?" – Denver Post "...a wildly idiosyncratic, devastatingly accomplished ensemble." – Wall Street Journal "The Microscopic Septet...served up serpentine bop melodies, suave four-saxophone arrangements, and Dixieland-style collective raves–sometimes in the space of a single chart." – Time Out New York