The Needless Kiss (Koch Jazz
- Pipeline - (3:00) (Johnston)
- Memory - (11:05) (Johnston)
- (4:23) (Johnston)
- The Heyday - (5:15) (Ruddick)
- All I Do Is Dream Of You - (3:21) (Johnston)
- Hofstra's Dilemma - (8:56) (Johnston)
(Chopin) (arr. Johnston)
- (3:07) (Scott)
- The Needless Kiss - (6:01) (Johnston)
- The Club - (4:14) (Ruddick)
- Regrets #17 - (5:50) (Johnston)
Phillip Johnston - soprano, alto saxophones.
Joe Ruddick - piano, baritone saxophone.
Mark Josefsberg - vibraphone.
David Hofstra - bass.
Recorded April 1998 at Tedesco Studios, NJ.
Record & mix engineer: Jon Rosenberg.
Digital Editing: Tommy Tedesco.
Produced by Phillip Johnston.
Executive Producer: Donald Elfman.
Cover Art: Josh
“Phillip Johnston is one of the most original and
witty composers and bandleaders in jazz¬—as likely to
give a sweet and heartfelt chamber jazz rendition of a Chopin mazurka
as to one of Raymond Scott’s cartoon ditties.”
—The Boston Phoenix.
“The quartet members blend their disparate influences
skillfully and their work, like Raymond Scott’s, abounds with
eccentric humor and lyricism.”
—Harvey Pekar, Boston Herald.
“This odd, engaging, drummerless band mixes braininess with
mirth—the longtime hallmarks of their leader, saxophonist
—Steve Futterman, Entertainment Weekly.
“The Needless Kiss, the latest recording by
Johnston’s Transparent Quartet, is full of nineteen-fifties
formalism (West Coast cool, Modern Jazz Quartet subtlety), which
Johnston gleefully personalizes with sharp phrasings and free jazz
tangents. It’s all held together by Johnston’s fine
alto-saxophone work and superb soprano-saxophone playing, and by a
drummerless unti that makes imaginative use of vibes, piano, baritone
saxophone, and bass.”
—Steve Futterman, The New Yorker.
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