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Frankly 06:08
Later 08:42
The Revenant 04:32
Legs Yet 05:01
Regrets #17 06:04


Diggin’ Bones, the first CD by Phillip Johnston & the Coolerators features a unique sound which combines funky organ combo jazz with modernist jazz composition. Produced by The Necks’ Lloyd Swanton and featuring some of Australia finest jazz/multi-genre improvisers, this recording shows a new side of Johnston’s music, and recording history which began in 1983 with Take The Z Train by The Microscopic Septet.

The band brings together two of Australia’s most internationally acclaimed touring musicians, Alister Spence (Alister Spence Trio, Clarion Fracture Zone, AAO) and Lloyd Swanton (The Necks, the catholics) with one of Sydney’s most in-demand rhythm section players, Nic Cecire. The music covers a range of styles but avant organ jazz is at the centre of it.

Simultaneously embracing the past and the future makes perfect sense when you consider the Johnston’s most recent previous releases include CDs by The Microscopic Septet and Fast ‘N’ Bulbous on Cuneiform Records, which have been widely and exceptionally reviewed (all receiving 4 starts in Downbeat) and resulting many Best of the Year critical listings.

Both groovy and cerebral, the Coolerators play funky dance music for a cartoon universe.


released October 26, 2018

Phillip Johnston & the Coolerators

Phillip Johnston: soprano, alto sax
Alister Spence: organ
Lloyd Swanton: bass
Nic Cecire: drums

All tracks by Phillip Johnston © Jedible Music (BMI)
except Track 6 by Michael Hurley © Snocko Music (BMI)

Produced by Lloyd Swanton
Recorded & mixed at Rancom St Studios by Tim Whitten in Oct/Nov 2017
Assistant Engineer: Antonia Gauci
Mastered at Sound Heaven Studios by Michael Lynch
Art and cover design by Keith LoBue

Web: www.phillipjohnston.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/phillip.johnston.92


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Phillip Johnston Sydney, Australia

Phillip Johnston is an American composer/ saxophonist who lives in Sydney, Australia. His interests include jazz, contemporary scores for silent film, the history of film music and comics.

His work includes jazz and contemporary composition, and music for film, silent film, theater, musical theater, dance, songs, and a variety of ensembles.
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