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John Zorn Lemma
Three violin-only pieces. The first, "Apophthegms," is split into twelve very short segments; the second, "Passagen," is a fourteen minute solo work; and the third, "Ceremonial Magic," is a four-parter. There's lots of squawking and squealing, as is to be expected from a Zorn classical record, but it isn't particularly engaging. It's well-performed, but the pieces themselves are rather sparse and unremarkable.
2.5
07.23.16
John Zorn Enigmata
Twelve horrendous improvisations between Marc Ribot, who sticks entirely to distorted guitar, and bassist Trevor Dunn. There are moments of interest across these twelve nameless tunes, but they are few and far between; all of this material runs together in a noisy, atonal blur. Most perplexing of all are the conditions of the record's release: so Zorn gets two guys to improvise in a studio, then releases it under his own name and calls himself the 'composer?' That maneuver is empty-headed at best, malicious at worst.
1.5
07.22.16
John Zorn Nova Express
This is like The Dreamers on acid. A quartet of bass, drums, vibraphone, and piano gallop and guffaw through ten mostly wild instrumental cuts featuring speedy ride cymbal work, disorienting note choices, and the usually languid vibraphone played more aggressively than I have ever heard before. It's a mostly engaging exercise, though ironically the record's best track is the comparatively simplistic and relaxed closer, "Between Two Worlds."
3.5
07.22.16
John Zorn New Traditions in East Asian Bar Bands
Asian female spoken word atop mostly sparse instrumental arrangements. Despite the fact that I have no idea what's being said, I find this enjoyable: it's meditative and mollifying; easy to get lost in. The track times are long (there are three songs ranging from sixteen minutes to half an hour), but the only one that drags (and even then, it only drags a little) is the closer. Try it: you'll be surprised how much you like it.
3.5
07.21.16
John Zorn 50th Birthday Celebration, Volume 9
A follow-up to volumes one and two of The Classic Guide to Strategy, released almost 20 years to the day after those records were recorded. This is much better than its two predecessors: it's not so long, and being that it's a live show, there is more energy to the proceedings. Zorn is one of the best saxophone players in the world, and the assortment of incredible, bizarre noises he gets out of his instrument here are proof of that. This is almost like an encyclopedia of sax techniques. At any rate, this is mightily impressive, and absolutely astounding for the adventurous ear. A must-listen for Zorn fans.
4.5
07.20.16
Masada 50th Birthday Celebration Volume Seven
Masada come alive on this one-- bursting with energy, creativity, and sheer musical joy, this seventh volume of John Zorn's 50th Birthday Celebration is among the collection's finest. Lest anyone forgot Zorn's prodigious saxophone abilities, they are here on full, glorious display. The rhythm section-- Joey Baron on drums, Greg Cohen on bass-- get well-deserved spotlight time, too. The formula is the same as other Masada compositions-- a Masada theme, followed by improvisation, followed by the theme again-- but the wildly passionate performances set this disc apart.
4.0
07.18.16
Hemophiliac 50th Birthday Celebration Volume 6
Dynamic, textural, sometimes spastic live free improv from Hemophiliac: Mike Patton (voice), Ikue Mori (electronics), and John Zorn (saxophone). Patton uses his voice for effects, leaving Zorn's sax to take front and centre (save the first half of the comparatively calm "< >"). Fans of Zorn's more violent work will enjoy; this is far from the languidity of his Dreamers material, but it is worthwhile as representative of the other end of his musical spectrum. It is also demonstrative of his, and Patton's and Mori's, extraordinary musical quickness. The trio's ability to cohesively improvise with this level of sophistication is impressive. The
3.5
07.18.16

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  • Jasdevi087 np and thnx
    July 11 10:54 PM
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    July 8 04:20 AM
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  • danielcardoso hey buddy do you know where i can find acoustic shards on the internet? i don't remember it being on youtube last time i looked for it, and i couldn't find a decent download too.
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