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John Zorn / Masada String Trio: Azazel, Book of Angels Volume 2: Masada String Trio Plays Masada Book Two

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When saxophonist/composer John Zorn first introduced Masada in 1994, it's unlikely that he could have anticipated it would become so successful. The first songbook was originally developed for his adventurous but clearly jazz-centric quartet featuring trumpeter Dave Douglas, bassist Greg Cohen, and drummer Joey Baron. Since then Zorn's compositions--brief sketches meant to encourage exploration and interplay--have been interpreted by a wide variety of ensembles, ranging from the raucous Electric Masada to the elegant but still rhythmically propulsive Bar Kokhba Sextet ...

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John Zorn's 50th Birthday Celebration

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Masada String Trio 50th Birthday Celebration: Volume 1 Tzadik 2004

For the entire month of September 2003, multi-instrumentalist/composer John Zorn celebrated his 50th birthday with a series of concerts at Tonic in New York City. For thirty days he looked at groups past and present, for one of the most exciting live series in recent times. Fortunately, for those of us unable to attend these landmark concerts, he has decided to issue ...


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