383

John Zorn: The Rain Horse

Martin Longley By

Sign in to view read count
John Zorn: The Rain Horse
This is number XIX in Zorn's Filmworks series, his self-confessed outlet for accessible composition, at least throughout most of its editions. The saxophonist doesn't actually play on this soundtrack disc, concentrating on writing, arranging and conducting. The result is a sequence of what must surely be Zorn's most restful, reflective, melodic and lyrical music, performed by the highly sensitive chamber trio of Erik Friedlander (cello), Rob Burger (piano) and Greg Cohen (bass). The Russian animator Dimitri Geller was seeking to license some pieces from Zorn's Book Of Angels series, but Zorn suggested instead, that for a similar fee he'd be able to pen original music, specifically tailored to the director's planned short, a parable piece that would only be 12 minutes long. Zorn ended up recording a 40-minute disc in a day-long session, allowing Geller to pick and splice his own selections.

Has Zorn now unrolled a downy bed for a new future as a Romantic composer? Genre identification is impossible, as elements of classical, gypsy, klezmer and jazz are swirled around, with the end result being categorizable as none of these forms in their naked state. Friedlander frequently plays his cello up in what's almost a tearful violin range, sweetly singing with no trace of friction or drag. Cohen is tastefully present, set on cushioning the more emotionally outward sounds of cello and piano. Burger flamboyantly cuffs out glassy shards from his keys, while subtly dampening others. "Bird In The Mist" reveals a melancholy sensitivity, "Parable Of Job" is explicitly Oriental and the title track reflects and expands on the work's central theme. This music is magically luminescent and in any blindfolded test it would be impossible to identify Zorn as its composer.

Track Listing

Tears Of Morning; The Stallion; Tree Of Life; Wedding Of Wild Horse; Forests In The Mist; Dance Exotique; Bird In The Mist; Parable Of Job; Encounter; The Rain Horse; End Credits.

Personnel

Erik Friedlander: cello; Rob Burger: piano; Greg Cohen: bass.

Album information

Title: The Rain Horse | Year Released: 2008 | Record Label: Tzadik

Post a comment about this album

Tags

View events near New York City
Jazz Near New York City
Events Guide | Venue Guide | Get App | More...

Shop Amazon

More

A Congregation of Folks
Daniele Germani
Push The Limits
Ben Patterson
Old Friends
Mark Winkler
Home at Last
Amit Friedman
Entendre
Nik Bärtsch
soundz offfe drzk wähuh
EUPHORIUM_freakestra
Hemingway
Johnny Gandelsman

Popular

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded albums and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, limited reopenings and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary step that will help musicians and venues now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the sticky footer ad). Thank you!

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.