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John Zorn

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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

Album

O, Sun

Label: Tzadik
Released: 2022
Track listing: 1 Hymn To The Divine Mother 2 O, Sun 3 Northern Path 4 Gardener 5 Holy Din 6 Crossing 7 Satya

Album

The Cleansing

Label: Tzadik
Released: 2022
Track listing: Brion Gysin; Aleister Crowley; Austin Osman Spare; William Burroughs; Alejandro Jodorowsky; The Cleansing

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

For John Medeski music has always been about healing

Read "For John Medeski music has always been about healing" reviewed by Leo Sidran


For John Medeski, music has always been about healing. “Music just kind of sucked me up," he says. “For me having music was a great way to deal with the hard things in life.Best known as one-third of the avant-garde jazz / funk trio Medeski, Martin & Wood along with Billy Martin and Chris ...

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Article: Album Review

Erik Friedlander: A Queens' Firefly

Read "A Queens' Firefly" reviewed by Troy Dostert


When a cello is your calling card, it is only to be expected that the “chamber jazz" label will tend to follow you around--and so it has for Erik Friedlander, although that term hardly does justice to the variegated possibilities he sets in motion through his assorted projects. Having worked with a “who's who" list of ...

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Article: Interview

Phil Freeman Talks Jazz in the 21st Century

Read "Phil Freeman Talks Jazz in the 21st Century" reviewed by Tyran Grillo


If music journalism had an award for honesty, it would belong firmly on the shelf of Phil Freeman alongside his latest book, Ugly Beauty. And if I had a choice about the design of said award, I might opt for a gold-plated boxing glove to symbolize the gut punches his words deliver. Not because his approach ...

Article: Album Review

Tyshawn Sorey: Mesmerism

Read "Mesmerism" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


«Ho sempre accolto con favore l'opportunità di suonare questa musica—dice Tyshawn Sorey-. Dopo essere stato etichettato come un cosiddetto “avanguardista" per quasi due decenni, ho deciso che era giunto il momento di realizzare questa session con musicisti che rispetto e ammiro profondamente». Un piano trio in omaggio alla tradizione può risultare sorprendente per ...

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Article: Album Review

Wadada Leo Smith: The Emerald Duets

Read "The Emerald Duets" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The pioneering British photographer/author Val Wilmer said of Wadada Leo Smith, “he no longer relates to the restrictions of scales and chords. To him, music is about two things only: sound and rhythm." Her assessment, from the essential book As Serious As Your Life (Allison & Busby Ltd, 1977), was published in 1977. But in the ...

Article: Radio & Podcasts

Miles And Bill And Some New Releases

Read "Miles And Bill And Some New Releases" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this show all new releases from Evan Drybread, John Zorn with Bill Laswell, Stefan Orins Trio, Toni Mora Quartet, Tony Malaby with Angelica Sanchez & Tom Rainey, Brandee Younger, High Pulp, Oded Tzur, Florian Hoefner Trio, and Mary Halvorson. There is also look back at the work of the Bill Evans Trio and Miles Davis' ...

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Article: Album Review

Zoh Amba: O Life, O Light Vol. 1

Read "O Life, O Light Vol. 1" reviewed by John Sharpe


Since relocating to NYC from Tennessee, twenty one year old tenor saxophonist and flautist Zoh Amba has been keeping fast company. On her debut O Sun (Tzadik, 2022), in a sign of affirmation label boss John Zorn guests on one track, while O Life, O Light continues in the same vein as she helms a heavyweight ...


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