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"The fourth CD in a 12-month period by Zorn’s most powerful new ensemble presents nine genre-busting compositions mixing jazz, metal, classical, world music and more. This time their trademark sound is augmented by the ringing tones of Kenny Wollesen’s vibraphone to create their wildest, most insane CD to date. Juxtaposing complex atonal lines, driving vamps, heavy metal riffs, improvisational madness, shredding solos and moments of profound lyricism, The Painted Bird is a surreal and expressive new....
Label  Tzadik
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"Two dramatic new worlds in sound from our downtown Alchemist who continues to confound and defy expectations well into his fourth decade of recorded activity. Scored for two percussionists, The Satyr's Play is a dramatic work that mysteriously...
Label  Tzadik

A truly incredible cast of great musicians, and packaged in a handsome media book edition!

"A live concert version of Zorn’s acclaimed song project! In celebration of his 60th birthday, Zorn asked his most acclaimed vocal collaborators to write...
Label  Tzadik
UPC  702397833123

''Originally commissioned by the world-renown Kronos Quartet,three of these pieces are recorded here for the first time. From the cartoon/montage qualities of the popular 'Cat O'Nine Tails' to the S/M poetry of 'The Dead Man,' the hermetic philosophy o...

This is a monster, heavy organ trio + guitar, ala Niacin, Tony Williams' Lifetime, etc, but with Zorn's tunes as the base. Superb playing here and the tunes are up to the quality of the musicianship! REALLY great. Highly recommended...
Label  Tzadik
UPC  702397833529

This album features 14 never heard or released Masada tunes penned by John Zorn and featuring Erik Friedlander, Dave Douglas, Wadada Leo Smith, Eyvind Kang, Jamie Saft, Tatsuya Yoshida, Fantomas, Naftule's Dream, Rashanim, Julian Kytasty, Zahava Seewal...

"With The Urmuz Epigrams Zorn returns to his roots, using the recording studio as instrument to create an intensely personal suite of compositions in the style of his legendary File Card compositions and Zoetropes. Dedicated to the visionary Romanian writer Urmuz whose small, scattered body of work predated Dadaism by decades, The Urmuz Epigrams is a suite of surrealistic miniatures more akin to philosophical aphorisms than actual music. The pieces are presented here in two iterations, as a set of...
Label  Tzadik

"There is No More Firmament is a remarkable collection of recent compositions from 2013–2016 that showcase the range, variety and continued creativity of Zorn as he enters his sixties. Connected together with a thread of intensity, magic and madness, the music tells a twisted and complex story of a magical descent into madness. The compositions include two works for brass ensembles, a woodwind quintet, jazz piano trio, string trio and two solo pieces for clarinet and trumpet, with the outrageous trumpet...
Label  Tzadik
UPC  702397835226

"Drawing inspiration from various Gnostic philosophies of the Nag Hammadi library, Transmigration of the Magus is a musical evocation of the mystical journey of the soul through the bardo. Lyrical and tender, the music has a lush orchestral sweep and...
Label  TZ
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As John Zorns most popular project reaches its tenth year, Tzadik celebrates the Masada songbook with a series of all-star tributes. Following Masada Guitars, Volume 2 is an eclectic and powerful collection of almost two dozen Masada classics artfully ...

"Composed in 1999 at the turning of the millennium, Contes de Fées is one of Zorn's classical masterworks. A powerful violin concerto with a virtuosic and lyrical solo part and dramatic, colorful orchestral accompaniment, it receives its best performance to date by the Tanglewood Orchestra under the baton of Ryan McAdams and features the remarkable soloist Stephanie Nussbaum. Also included are two intense pieces of Crowleana, the bizarre and expansive solo piano piece . ? . and the whirlwind...
Label  Tzadik
UPC  702397807629

This exciting release initiates a new series of CDs documenting the best of John Zorn's infamous game pieces. Composed largely between 1977 and 1989, these pieces harness improvisers in complex compositional formats, combining the unpredictable edge of...

''The finest in ambient screams, hardcore surf, erotic Indian psychedelic, moronic samples, industrial monster movies and karaoke vomit.'' [Tzadik]

"Drawing on his vast experience as viola player of the Arditti Quartet, Ensemble InterContemporain and his close collaboration with many of the today’s leading composers, Garth Knox has become a master of many styles. Presenting a completely new interpretation of the “Book of Angels”, the beautiful medieval-tinged arrangements produced by Garth Knox and his group capture the folk song quality of Zorn’s compositions with a lovely and intimate ensemble of strings and percussion. Playing viola and viola...
Label  Tzadik
UPC  702397835028

"For their fourth release, Zorn’s most intimate and spiritual 21st century ensemble returns with a melodic and open book of tunes reminiscent of the Book of Angels. Drawing inspiration from the Biblical Song of Solomon and originally intended as a...
Label  Tzadik
UPC  702397832126

"This is the Big Band Masada project you’ve been waiting for. Led by composers Sam Eastmond and Nikki Franklin, The SPIKE Orchestra is a large ensemble that draws on a wide range of influences including Duke Ellington, Frank Zappa, Carl Stalling, Zorn and more. Melding jazz, rock, klezmer, cartoon and the avant-garde into a compelling and cohesive vision, this new Angels installment is one of the most imaginative and manic masterpieces in the whole series. An outrageous and explosive swinger that will...
Label  Tzadik
UPC  702397833826

''Released in a limited edition on the Yukon label back in 1984 and out of print for well over a decade, Ganryu Island has been hailed as one of the most successful recorded meetings of 'East And West'. Named after a small island off the coast of Japan...

"Fred Frith and John Zorn have a close working relationship that's has been fruitful since they first met in 1978. Close friends and cohorts, veterans of many ensembles and bands, they are two of the downtown scene’s founding fathers. Sharing a love...
Label  Tzadik

How many times do you get the chance to hear the initial meeting of a legendary band? This CD is just that. A diamond in the rough. The absolutely first time the original quartet Masada (John Zorn, David Douglas, Greg Cohen, Joey Baron) ever played the...

'You can always expect the unexpected to happen at a Masada concert, but when Masada plays at its home base Tonic, in the heart of New Yorks Lower East Side everything just shoots right off the scale. One of the most exciting live bands performing two ...
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''Crossing the Atlantic to meet in Belgium for the first time in almost six months, and going their separate ways less than twenty hours later, Masada's concert in Middleheim was under pressure from the very beginning. Reaching full out intensity in th...

''Beautifully recorded by Sevilla's La Tirana recording unit...Masada's concert in Sevilla is a remarkable string of special moments from beginning to end -- a perfect balance of mind, heart and balls. Intense, tender, beautiful, exhilarating, over the...

''Every working band has magical nights -- nights when everything fits together and the music takes off into the stratosphere. The 'Masada Live' series documents these unforgettable concerts in venues around the world, bringing these rare special momen...

''Of all the concerts Masada has performed in the past six years, their run in Taipei stands out as perhaps their most exciting. Everyone was on fire during those nights and the excitement generated by the audience seemed to feed the band to a magical ...

"Apparently his early Spy Vs. Spy homage with Tim Berne wasn't enough to satiate John Zorn's Ornette Coleman jones. Masada, Vol. 1: Alef is the jumping-off point for his prolific quartet, clearly modeled on Coleman's groundbreaking acoustic unit...
Label  DIW
UPC  4988044008885

"The unique and fresh voice of John Zorn's Masada reigns triumphant once again on this third installment, Gimel. Zorn has challenged and reinvented the face of modern jazz with this quartet. Expanding on traditional Jewish music of various types and...
Label  DIW
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"The unique and fresh voice of John Zorn's Masada reigns triumphant once again on this fourth installment, Dalet. Zorn has challenged and reinvented the face of modern jazz with this quartet. Expanding on traditional Jewish music of various types and...
Label  DIW

"Hei, the fifth release from John Zorn's Masada Quartet, shows the band at their tightest and most agile. In sound and design, it is much like the other nine releases from the Quartet, but it is rivaled only by Masada, Vol 3: Gimmel and Masada...
Label  DIW
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This release begins a new series from Tzadik documenting the best live performances from John Zorn's one month stand at Tonic in celebration of his 50th birthday during September, 2003. The Masada String Trio features Mark Feldman-violin, Erik Friedlan...
Label  Tzadik

"Screeches, Scratches, Knocks, Bangs, Explosions and Howls in the Night! “@” is a fabulous studio recording of two Downtown masters. Both long-time supporters of extreme music and proponents of free improvisation, John and Thurston share a deep musical...
Label  Tzadik
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The pioneer creator of the rhythm unit, the master of the game piece and one of the most dynamic drummers in the downtown scene square off head to head in duo and trio improvisations. Two full sets of music are presented here, beginning with a brillian...

One of the most talked about and well attended shows of Zorn's 50th Birthday month was his much anticipated duo concert with Boredoms mastermind, Yamataka Eye. Close friends and musical associates since 1985, their love, respect and telepathic interpla...

I saw Zs in 2006 and they were really amazing and really difficult; four guys (2 guitars, sax, drums) sit in chairs facing each other with VOLUMINOUS amounts of musical scores in front of them. Using head & hand signals as well as the scores, they...
Label  Planaria

"The new Zs lineup (Sam Hillmer, Greg Fox and Patrick Higgins) sounds very much like a new band, at least as evidenced by Grain. The two side-length tracks (coming in at a total of 42-minutes) bear the marks of Zs’ sound – repeated phrases, looped...
Label  Northern Spy
UPC  081159199159

"...a mostly instrumental very very very prog band not unlike a chamber-rock version of Orthrelm, with a lineup of two drummers, two guitarists and two saxophone players!...total herkyjerky, typewritery, stop-start stuff, with that 'cartoon mouse tip-toeing around' kinda feel to it. All the more impressive considering how together six musicians have to be to do this. Math for math's sake. Can't call it math-rock, even, 'cause there's not a lot of rockin' going on. Guaranteed to drive certain people...
Label  Planaria

Look, I saw these guys at a tiny loft/performance space in D.C. I mean, I know thorny music and difficult music, but their performance was a mind-blowing concert of rehearsal intensive, relentless rehearsal intensive music. I felt like what I imagined...
Label  Social Registry

"September, 2012, New York band Zs celebrates their ten-year anniversary with the release of SCORE, the complete sextet works from 2002 to 2007.

Zs have been described with a dizzying array of adjectives, and performed alongside an equally...
Label  Northern Spy
UPC  741360699748

"Zs is devoid of genre and unclassifiable. Since 2000, founder Sam Hillmer has remained its purveying constant, and with the addition of loose-limbed, meditative percussionist Greg Fox (Liturgy, Guardian Alien, Man Forever), and virtuosic avant....
Label  Northern Spy
UPC  703610875401

''Founded and directed by Nikola Parov, composer and multi-instrumentalist, Zsaratnok is one of the best known Hungarian group. They play acoustic music from the Balkan area, a place where the musical traditions of Bulgaria, Macedonia, Romania, Greece,...

''Founded and directed by Nikola Parov, composer and multi-instrumentalist, Zsaratnok is one of the best known Hungarian group. They play acoustic music from the Balkan area, a place where the musical traditions of Bulgaria, Macedonia, Romania, Greece,...
Label  Felmay

"House of Mythology continue their modus operandi in offering exquisitely designed, packaged, forward-thinking music from a wide range of musicians and artists that can be called visionaries, now with the announcement of this album from Zu. Ambition, aspiration and deep soulful explorations are crucial for Zu, who have been broadly questioning and evolving their musical identity for almost two decades, developing their musical vocabulary with every release and collaboration, never allowing their personal...
Label  House of Mythology
UPC  884388160415

Recall if you will, the truimphant out-funk of Radiale; perhaps it was your earliest contact with the powerhouse known as Z, as they collided head-on with Chicago's least-seen (yet best) bad-assery trio, Spaceways Inc. Then, if you will - ponder the...
Label  Atavistic

A freewheeling acappella vocal trio led by Ruins drummer Tatsuya Yoshida -- as usual, all in a language of Yoshida's invention. ''Essential listening for those interested in the outer limits ofweirdness.'' [Tzadik]

Partigiani is the new music project by Zuf De Zur, a band from Gorizia, Italy, that has been involved for the last few years in the research and new interpretation of the cultural heritage of their border land. The band tries to blend and express the r...
Label  Finisterre

"After the great international success of his last album "La quarta vittima" Fabio Zuffanti returns with a live in studio album. The album is the report of a tour that led to Fabio and his band around Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Canada. It...
Label  AMS
UPC  8016158324334

"Fabio Zuffanti was born in Genoa (Italy) and is musically active from 1994. In these years he has worked, mainly as bass player and composer in a great number of groups and projects such as Finisterre, Rohmer, laZona, Hostsonaten, la Maschera Di Cera, Aries...

He has composed music that spaced from postrock to progrock, from folk to pop, electronic and experimentation. He has worked with imporant Italian producers such as Roberto Colombo (Battiato, De Andrè, Matia Bazar...) and Franz Di Cioccio.
Label  AMS
UPC  8016158015539

"What can we say about Fabio Zuffanti that hasn't already been said? An hyper-productive musician from Genoa, after more than 20 years of musical career he releases today his most varied, eclectic and personal album ever. In "La Quarta Vittima"...
Label  AMS
UPC  8016158323030

This restores to print a large-scale rock opera created by the leader of Finisterre, Hostsonaten and La Maschera di Cera. This has been remixed and greatly improved over-all, I would say. As it says in the label hype, "A great due reissue for a little...
Label  AMS

This explores a trombone-specific method for generating melodic movement. With Zummo-trombone & voice, Arthur Russell-cello & voice, Jon Gibson-soprano & alto saxes, Dennis Masuzzo-bass, Bill Ruyle-marimba & voice, Joseph Kubera-keyboards & Mustafa Ahm...
Label  Experimental Intermedia

Pirly ZURSTRASSEN(Piano), Pierre VAIANA(Saxophones), Daniel STOKART (Saxophones), Jean-Pol DANHIER (Trombone), Antoine PRAWERMAN (Clarinets), Piet VERBIST (Bass), Jan DE HAAS (Drums)

"Pirly ZURSTRASSEN's compositions are little jewels. Nobody...
Label  Carbon 7