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John Zorn: The Urmuz Epigrams

Read "The Urmuz Epigrams" reviewed by Don Phipps

Prolific composer John Zorn's The Urmuz Epigrams offers up an infectious mix of Stockhausen effects, polyrhythmic percussion, and twisty tunes, a combination which produces music that is unsettling, surprising, and humorous--often at the same time.

All the pieces repeat themselves. Zorn notates the first rendition as “modern" and the second as “original." And while ...

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Mary Halvorson: Paimon: Book of Angels Volume 32

Read "Paimon: Book of Angels Volume 32" reviewed by Don Phipps

Paimon: Book of Angels Volume 32 offers up the final installment in prolific composer John Zorn's 32-album sojourn (titled Book of Angels). It is an exciting and fitting capstone. From the start, the music dances its way through contrasts of exciting, mysterious, probing, exotic, and shifting musical folk-jazz idioms, improvisations and compositions.

The Mary ...

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Burning Ghosts: Reclamation

Read "Reclamation" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Reclamation is Burning Ghosts second album and first for John Zorn's Tzadik label. Based in Los Angeles, the band's fire and brimstone-like overtures are seated in doom metal-jazz along with renegade fuzoid bop movements. The musicians dole out sheets of torrential soundwaves via fluently enacted unison runs and booming cadenzas that spark a tidal wave of ...

Craig Taborn/Ikue Mori: Highsmith

Read "Highsmith" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Craig Taborn--who seems an artist unconcerned with striking a commercial chord--climbed into a higher profile with three terrific releases on ECM Records: Avenging Angel (2011); Chants (2013); and Daylight Ghosts (2017). Beyond those, his discography as a leader is slim--as opposed to his prodigious sideman contributions. He and his artistry have been described as “elusive." ...

Brian Marsella Trio: Buer: Book Of Angels Volume 31

Read "Buer: Book Of Angels Volume 31" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

How many angels are there? Alto saxophonist/composer John Zorn started his Masada Book Two, Book of Angels endeavor in 2005, with Astaroth: Book of Angels, Volume 1, by the Jamie Saft Trio. Thirty recordings and twelve years later, he offers up Buer: Book Of Angels, Volume 31, by the Brian Marsella Trio. A tune for every ...

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Shane Parish: Undertaker Please Drive Slow

Read "Undertaker Please Drive Slow" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Guitarist Shane Parish has amassed a strong following due to his affiliation with the ultra-progressive band Ahleuchatistas, known for its impossibly complex unison song-forms, neo-psyche, fuzoid-metal or as his website states: ..."almost like Fugazi meets Captain Beefheart." These days Parish and percussionist Ryan Oslance are performing under the Aleuchatistas moniker as a duo, while dishing out ...

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Les Rhinoceros: Les Rhincéros III

Read "Les Rhincéros III" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

Les Rhinocéros is one of the most engaging anomalies to come out of underground legend John Zorn's forever expanding circle in a long time. The trio of Michael Coltun (basses, electronics, and anything else he can get his hands on), Amit Peled (guitars, ditto), and Jonathan Burrier (drums & percussion) has been destroying and artfully rebuilding ...

John Zorn: Flaga Plays Masada Book Two

Read "Flaga Plays Masada Book Two" reviewed by Luca Canini

Da un pezzo ormai ho rinunciato a seguire da vicino i passi di John Zorn. Troppa fatica stare appresso con puntualità e dedizione alla logorrea discografica del signor Tzadik. Maestro dell'elusione e dell'evanescenza che ha trasformato il catalogo della propria etichetta in una dedalica sala degli specchi (In the Hall of Mirrors forse non a caso ...

Bret Higgins' Atlas Revolt: Bret Higgins' Atlas Revolt

Read "Bret Higgins' Atlas Revolt" reviewed by Vic Albani

Non ce ne eravamo dimenticati. Chiediamo scusa per il ritardo poiché di questo disco si sarebbe dovuto parlare già diverso tempo fa ma... i pompieri, le cavallette e via di conserva.

Come è ormai ben noto, John Zorn licenzia spesso per la sua attivissima Tzadik molti dischi di notevole spessore qualitativo ed interesse. ...

Craig Taborn: Flaga: Book of Angels, Volume 27

Read "Flaga: Book of Angels, Volume 27" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

There was always a sense that pianist Craig Taborn was more successful as a “super sideman" than as a leader of his own recordings. His contributions to CD offerings by saxophonist Tim Berne, reedman Roscoe Mitchell, saxophonists David Binney and James Carter, and many more, have been critical in crafting dozens of excellent music sets. Then ...