|Johnston's arrangement sets the melody off, like a jewel; it has the cuckoo-clock precision of Lacy's pendular logic, even as the sectional arrangement harks back to Jelly Roll Morton.
Recorded in 1992
|1/||The Invisible Word||Phillip Johnston||3:36|
|2/||Step Tempest||Herbie Nichols||7:07|
|4/||Walking The Dogma||Kevin Norton||5:52|
|5/||12 Bars||Herbie Nichols||4:46|
|6/||Natural Confusion / Waltz Of The Untouched||Phillip Johnston||9:11|
|8/||The Hymn Of The Souls Who Are Passing / Still Water||11:19|
All tracks arranged by P. Johnston (except 4 and 9 arranged by the composers); 6 and 8 from "The Dream Detective", a music theater work by P. Johnston and R. Nemo Hill.
Recorded June/July 1992 at Water Music Recorders, Hoboken, NJ. Enginner: Jon Rosenberg. Assistant engineers: Nick Prout, David Voigt, Ann Selznick.
Mixed August 1992 at East Side Sound, NYC.
Mastered at PhonoComp, Tribiano-Milano (Italy). Engineer: Gennaro Carone.
Producers: P. Johnston & Richard Dworkin. Executive producer: Giovanni Bonandrini.
Cover painting by Wendy Lewis.
The way Big Trouble plays Steve Lacy and Herbie Nichols shows how far the band can stretch a tune without snapping it. "I tried to take some peculiar aspect of each tune and use it at as a basis for the arrangement", Phillip says." Like the melody of Lacy's 'Hemline' has an unusual AAABBBAABBABCCCAAABBBAABBAB structure; on his solo version, which I believe comes from an obscure Italian record, after he plays the tune through, he improvises freely, but I make that structure into the blowing form, using different elements of the melody underneath."
Johnston's arrangement sets the melody off, like a jewel; it has the cuckoo-clock precision of Lacy's pendular logic, even as the sectional arrangement harks back to Jelly Roll Morton.
Kevin Whitehead (excerpt from the sleeve notes)