Archive for the ‘swing’ Category


November 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Thank you kindly for your constant interest in Merzbau! Only today after a random visit here I realized that there have been  more than 13000 visitors to this blog! Merzbau is over [at least for now] but this does not mean that I will bring it down. It will remain online for archival purposes.

There has been a return to the merzposting though. There is a new incarnation of this ongoing ‘effort’ that is called Llamarinth. This is a new journal of the weird and wonderful maintained by me and a very dear person to me, houdinismother. I am sure that Merzbau readers will find many things of interest there and they will not be disappointed.

I would be glad to see you and maybe hear from some of you over at Llamarinth!




The Microscopic Septet, an update

June 5, 2007 Leave a comment

There is now a Microscopic Septet page available. Go on and pay them a visit and don’t forget to check back regularly because unreleased tunes and other materials is planned to be posted there for brief periods of time.

Also two videos from their recent US tour can now be found @ YouTube

Twilight Time Zone @ The Iron Horse, Northammpton MA:

Second Avenue @ The Iron Horse, Northammpton MA:


Categories: jazz, NYC, swing, video

Microscopic Septet's Surrealistic Swing

May 30, 2007 Leave a comment

The Micros, art work by Richard Merkin, from The New Yorker

The music of The Microscopic Septet was the sound of jazz in 20th C. America: all of it, from Ellington to Ayler, bebop to Zorn, Dixieland to experimental, captured in a microcosm. It distilled the essence of jazz as a popular music into a sound that swung, a music that was intelligent, sometimes smart-aleck, and always good clean fun. Optimistic and upbeat, full of innocent confidence, the Microscopic Septet captured not only the sound of jazz, but also the sound – or soundtrack – of 20th Century America. …

the rest here

Lobster in the Limelight

Baghdad Blues

chart.jpg an ancient document, recently disinterred, possibly an explanation of the Micros’ music

more on Micros here and here