The Merry Frolics of Satan (The Georges Méliès Project)
(Koch Jazz KOC-CD-7885)


  1. Dance of Fire - (0:37)
  2. The Melomaniac - (2:29)
  3. The Mermaid - (3:21)
  4. The Damnation of Faust - (6:09)
  5. Trip To The Moon - (10:12)
  6. HydrothM&eacuterapie Fantastique - (8:55)
  7. The Merry Frolics of Satan - (14:46)
  8. Journey Across The Impossible - (16:40)

Phillip Johnston - soprano, tenor saxophones.
Joe Ruddick - piano, baritone saxophone.
Mark Josefsberg - vibraphone.
David Hofstra - bass, tuba.

all music composed and arranged by Phillip Johnston
Recorded April, June 1999 at Five Towns Studios, NY.
Record & mix engineer: Chris Fasulo.
Produced by Phillip Johnston.
Executive Producer: Donald Elfman.
Liner notes: Stan Brakhage
photos courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art Film Stills Dept.

"Saxist Johnston is a conceptualist with a sense of humor and history. Here, he and the Transparent Quartet present spirited music for short films by silent-cinema pioneer Georges Melies. Jazz wriggles in, as do cabaret, klezmer, avant garde, and pop stylings evocative of the early 20th century, sounding fresh on the brink of the 21st."
- Josef Woodard, Entertainment Weekly, Dec '99


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