John Zorn: The Rain Horse (2008)
Has Zorn now unrolled a downy bed for a new future as a Romantic composer? Genre identification is impossible, as elements of classical, gypsy, klezmer and jazz are swirled around, with the end result being categorizable as none of these forms in their naked state. Friedlander frequently plays his cello up in what's almost a tearful violin range, sweetly singing with no trace of friction or drag. Cohen is tastefully present, set on cushioning the more emotionally outward sounds of cello and piano. Burger flamboyantly cuffs out glassy shards from his keys, while subtly dampening others. "Bird In The Mist" reveals a melancholy sensitivity, "Parable Of Job" is explicitly Oriental and the title track reflects and expands on the work's central theme. This music is magically luminescent and in any blindfolded test it would be impossible to identify Zorn as its composer.
Track Listing: Tears Of Morning; The Stallion; Tree Of Life; Wedding Of Wild Horse; Forests In The Mist; Dance Exotique; Bird In The Mist; Parable Of Job; Encounter; The Rain Horse; End Credits.
Personnel: Erik Friedlander: cello; Rob Burger: piano; Greg Cohen: bass.
Record Label: Tzadik
Style: Fringes of Jazz