Lobster Leaps In
"During their original lifetime, The Microscopic Septet was widely recognized as 'New York's Most Famous Unknown Band.' Originally active from 1980-1992, the group started with a basic reeds-and-rhythm texture that was sonically similar to the sound of the Swing Era, but used influences from the entire continuum of jazz. The result was a brilliant blend of fresh-sounding orchestration, ideas and inspired soloing. Along with Don Byron, Wayne Horvitz and former band-member John Zorn, The 'Micros' were one of the most celebrated of the many cutting-edge units associated with experimental music's best-known venue, the Knitting Factory, during the peak years of the 'Downtown' music movement in the late '80s and early '90s. In 2006, Cuneiform Records reissued their four albums in two double-CD packages and these albums met with great acclaim and terrific sales and airplay. The Micros reunited to play a few shows to celebrate their release and had such a good fun that they decided to make it 'an occasional regular thing.' So, they are back with their first album in 20 years! Their sound is the sound of jazz in America; all of it, from Ayler to Zorn, bebop to Basie, Ellington to Thelonious."