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John Zorn / Masada String Trio: Azazel

Read "Azazel" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

Of the various ensembles performing the Masada songbook under composer (and sometimes player) John Zorn's leadership, the Masada String Trio may not be the most exciting--it's hard to compete with horns and guitars--but it is the most beautiful. The sheer musicianship of the trio of violinist Mark Feldman, cellist Erik Friedlander and bassist Greg Cohen is ...

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

Read "Azazel, Book of Angels Volume 2: Masada String Trio Plays Masada Book Two" reviewed by John Kelman

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 ...

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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 ...