John Zorn
A Dreamers Christmas



by Zig USER (64 Reviews)
December 26th, 2017 | 4 replies

Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: As nice as John Zorn could be.

It's Christmas time in many countries but not all. So many homes have Christmas trees and decorations. Christians celebrate Jesus' birthday. Atheists get some days off work. Some workplaces hold Christmas parties. Along the holiday, festive activities include exchanging presents, watching Home Alone, playing tabletop games with family, eating so much food, and, most important, singing Christmas songs. In a way of capturing this spirit of the season, John Zorn released his own jazzy version of some Christmas standard tunes.

As for the album, it features seven traditional holiday tracks and two Zorn originals, Santa's Workshop and Magical Sleigh Ride, performed in The Dreamers style. Filled with a joyful holiday spirit, A Dreamers Christmas, unlike most Zorn's output, leans closer to jazz standard, combining exotica with Hawaii music. Throughout the album, Marc Ribot’s twinkling guitar, Trevor Dunn’s bass work, and Joey Baron’s smooth drumming, and Kenny Wollesen’s agile vibraphone create this atmospheric snow covered take, asking for the company of some hot cocoa. Furthermore, all tracks are instrumental except the last one, The Christmas Song, which features Mike Patton on vocals.

All in all, A Dreamers Christmas, capable to put smiles on people faces, is as nice as John Zorn could be, however, it's not as interesting or essential as others of his albums. Although there are some good moments, this album works way better as background music on Christmas parties or while driving to work. That said, A Dreamers Christmas is nice and quiet, but doesn't challenge its listener or take any risks.

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December 26th 2017


Album Rating: 2.5

Hope everyone had a happy holiday!

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December 26th 2017


Album Rating: 3.0

Nice, my gf and I actually listened to this yesterday. Love the The Christmas Song with Mike Patton. Great review, mate! Happy Holidays

December 27th 2017


Wow, I was looking for something to counter last Christmas in my families Christmas playlist... I am sure Zorn and Patton can get that job done...

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December 27th 2017


Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Never cared for this album; it's easily one of the most banal entries in Zorn's discography. The only worthwhile tune is The Christmas Song with Patton on vox, and even that one is two minutes too long.

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