Accolades for Manhattan Moonrise
New York City Jazz Record
"deep-content art music with a strong sense of humor and swing"
Music and More
"With an approach that covers much of jazz history, they advance a methodology that begins with the territory bands of the 1930's and moves through the Knitting Factory heyday of the 1980's and then lands gracefully in the post-modern jazz scene of today… This a very fun and successful album; the musicians are very tight and play strong arrangements and use them as jumping off for fine solo statements."
"Ever since its cutting-edge debut, 1983's Take The Z Train, there has been an air of mystery and mirth surrounding The Microscopic Septet. . .There's a whole lot of quirk here, but it's always on the joyous side, a quality perhaps best represented by the title track, which stands as Forrester's streamlined answer to Glenn Miller's "Chattanooga Choo Choo. . . An eclectic bunch of kindred spirits still doing it against all odds."★★★★ (4 stars)
Clouds and Clocks
"Those who wonder if The Microscopic Septet still "got it" can stop worrying–and rejoice! . . . Now we have a new album, a very fine one, recorded in Technicolor sound. An album featuring fresh and colourful compositions, dressed in inventive arrangements, enriched by impeccable instrumental contributions . . . Manhattan Moonrise is the kind of album that'll keep you fresh in summer and warm in winter, so... it's like two for the price of one!".
“Along with the ingenuity, tracks like “No Time” show the band’s conviction remains high when they play it straight . . . Manhattan Moonrise reveals more subtle tricks of harmony and melodic invention with each listen.”
Point of Departure
"Joyously performed by seasoned veterans, Manhattan Moonrise fits seamlessly into the Micros' oeuvre, an effort as singularly engaging as the Septet's earliest recordings."