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John Zorn

Drawing upon his experience in classical, jazz, rock, hardcore punk, klezmer, film, cartoon, popular, world and improvised music, John Zorn has created a controversial and influential body of work that often defies academic categories. He has earned great respect within his own community and beyond by going his own way without compromise, developing a large network of supporters world wide, often in unexpected places. Born in 1953 and raised in New York City, Zorn has been a central figure in the Downtown Scene since 1975, incorporating a wide variety of creative musicians into various compositional formats

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Two Exciting And Poignant Albums From Wendy Eisenberg

Read "Two Exciting And Poignant Albums From Wendy Eisenberg" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

A fearless improviser with a refreshing disregard for genre, Wendy Eisenberg is a poet, banjoist and vocalist yet Eisenberg's guitar fully showcases her mastery. This virtuoso explores all dimensions of her instrument with fiery elegance and a vibrant sense of adventure to her music. In 2018 she released two stimulating and unique albums: Its Shape is ...

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Winged Serpents: Six Encomiums for Cecil Taylor

Read "Six Encomiums for Cecil Taylor" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The link between the late Cecil Taylor and the members of the Winged Serpents collective is one driven by admiration and inspiration, from a distance, rather than through collaboration. Taylor, in fact, had only shared billing twice in his half-century of recording. The Mary Lou Williams duet Embraced (Pablo, 1977) and Max Roach's 1979 recording of ...

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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 ...

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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." ...

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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 ...