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Album Roundup
mike

If I had been highly diligent over the past year and a half I may have been able to give most of John Zorn's releases the attention they deserve. He really doesn't give me much time though. He's relentless. Let me not waste more time. I'll now give you a quick look at his most notable releases from 2008 to this point in 2010.


Filmworks XIX: The Rainhorse (2008)

Recorded and Mixed by Marc Urselli
Mastered by Scott Hull
Read my full review in the Music Reviews section.




The Dreamers (2008)

Recorded and Mixed by Marc Urselli
Mastered by Scott Hull
Read my full review in the Music Reviews section.




Book of Angels Volume 10: Lucifer - Bar Kokhba plays Masada Book Two (2008)

Recorded and Mixed by Marc Urselli
Mastered by Scott Hull
This is brilliant chamber music in the Zorn style, with Sephardic, Ashkenazi, surf, and latin influences, played by one of his best Masada lineups. Highly recommended!




The Crucible (2008)

Recorded and Mixed by Marc Urselli
Mastered by Scott Hull
Zorn has reunited his Moonchild trio of Joey Baron (drums), Trevor Dunn (bass), and Mike Patton (vocals) for a challenging, aggressive and rocking album. Marc Ribot joins on electric guitar to bring the rock/metal feel and Zorn even joins in on sax. Not for the timid.




Filmworks XXIII: El General (2009)

Recorded and Mixed by Marc Urselli
Mastered by Scott Hull
Read my full review in the Music Reviews section




Alhambra Love Songs (2009)

Recorded and Mixed by Marc Urselli
Mastered by Scott Hull
This is in my top five favorite Zorn albums. It has a beauty like that of The Rainhorse, and each song on the album is perfectly conceived and executed. There is a lot of emotion in these songs, but Zorn creates that emotion through subtlety and restraint rather than bombast. This is a must-have for any fan of jazz, classical, or piano. Highly recommended!




Book of Angels Volume 12: Stolas - Masada Quintet featuring Joe Lovano plays Masada Book Two (2009)

Recorded and Mixed by James Farber
Mastered by Scott Hull
This one is for the real jazz lover. With Dave Douglas on trumpet, trading licks with Joe Lovano on tenor sax and Zorn on alto sax, this album pays tribute to Zorn's roots. This is Masada Book Two passing through the sensibilities of 50's bop and 60's post-bop. If people ever forget that Zorn is an all-around musical genius, they need only listen to this album.




O'o (2009)

Recorded and Mixed by Marc Urselli
Mastered by Scott Hull
This is a fun album. So enjoyable to listen to. Performed by Ribot, Wollesen, Saft, Dunn, Baptista, and Baron (aka The Dreamers) O'o explores similar territory as The Gift and The Dreamers. Wollesen really shines here on vibes as he trades solos with Ribot on guitar. Another of my top five Zorn releases. Highly recommended.




Book of Angels Volume 13: Mycale - Mycale sings Masada Book Two (2010)

This is a very unique album, and certainly stands out as such within the Book of Angels series. Mycale is an all-vocal album. Four brilliant female vocalists arranged these songs from Zorn's Masada songbook. Not amongst my favorite of Zorn's releases, but certainly worth delving into and spending some time with.




In Search of the Miraculous (2010)

Recorded and Mixed by Marc Urselli
Mastered by Scott Hull
From the trio that brought us Alhambra Love Songs (Burger, Cohen, Perowsky) comes this majestic album. These songs are powerful, wide in scope, sophisticated. Vibes, electric bass, and harp are added to the trio of piano, bass, and drums for a truly rich recording.




Book of Angels Volume 14: Ipos - The Dreamers play Masada Book Two (2010)

Recorded and Mixed by Marc Urselli
Mastered by Scott Hull
The Dreamers sextet is back again in top form. This time they play songs from Zorn's Masada Book Two. Ipos is a little more aggressive than the other Dreamers albums. Ribot is practically shredding on this album. There is still plenty of dreamy surf and exotica to be found, but everything seems a bit more energized this time around. Highly recommended.