(Koch Jazz KOC-CD-7884)
was originally released in 1997
on Eighth Day Records, a small label out of Chicago
. At the time I didn't think that
Septet would ever perform or record again, and I thought it a shame
that these pieces would never be heard by any but the notorious "cult
following" of the Micros.
So I assembled a group composed of the people I was then working with in my group, Big Trouble, and ex-Micros, and recorded some of them for this record.
Unfortunately, the record company went out of business almost as soon as the record came out, so, while it got some good reviews, the record virtually never saw the inside of a record store.
It was later re-released by Koch Jazz, but again went out-of-print when Donald Elfman was fired and the great Koch Jazz label was corporately-downsized by Koch Records.
Phillip Johnston's music
embodies all that's good
about jazz. It's honest, original, and inspired, above and beyond the
typical. It's also some of the smartest and best-humored music to have
found a home under the jazz banner."
- Chris Kelsey, Jazziz, Jan '98
long-gone Microscopic Septet will
certainly be familiar with the jaunty tone and delightful ensemble
playing of the latest solo outing by former Micro leader, Phillip
JohnstonThe product of a charmingly peculiar mind, Normalology fits
unsquarely in a playful jazz tradition that includes Monk,Raymond Scott
and even a trace of the Crusaders."
- Derk Richardson, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Feb '98
familiar with soprano sax player Phillip
Johnston's memorable music
with the Microscopic Sextet and subsequent Big Trouble project can
comparable charm and scope on "Normalology.""
- David Lewis, Cadence Magazine, November, 1997