CD Masada V.9 (CD 1214796), Audio Other
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Masada V.9

  • 1. Chayah
    2. Karet
    3. Moshav
    4. Leshem
    5. Kochot
    6. Meholalot
    7. Kedushah
    8. Ner Tamid
    9. Acharei Mot
    10. Jachin
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): DIW933

  • Credits

    Masada: John Zorn (alto saxophone); Dave Douglas (trumpet); Greg Cohen (bass); Joey Baron (drums).
    Recorded at Avatar, New York, New York on April 21, 1997.
    This volume in the Masada series features 10 tracks.
    Masada is often referred to as John Zorn's "klezmer" group. Though Zorn composes all of Masada's music in one of two "Jewish scales" (either a major scale with a second note flat or a minor scale with the fourth note sharp), the ensemble is actually difficult to categorize. Saxophonist Zorn, trumpeter Dave Douglas, bassist Greg Cohen, and drummer Joey Baron fuse traditional hard bop, noir-ish atmospherics, Ornette Coleman-style free-improv, beautiful, ghostly melodies, and even Latin rhythmic elements while dressing the whole in klezmer's clothes.
    TET, the ninth Masada release, is regarded as the band's finest effort by some Zorn aficionados. Though a few cuts veer off into full-tilt avant-garde sonic explorations (during which one is reminded that notoriously aggressive noise-meister Zorn is at the helm), much of TET surprises with its accessibility. The achingly lovely "Moshav," the pulsing "Kochot," and the album's spectacular centerpiece, "Meholalot," will appeal to straight-ahead jazz fans and Zorn enthusiasts alike. TET is especially remarkable for the prominence of Baron's superb drumming. As displayed to good effect on the opening track and "Meholalot," it seems at once primal and strikingly sophisticated. Like Baron, Douglas and Cohen are masterful, remarkably inventive players. Their musicianship and Zorn's excellent compositions make TET an album worth owning.

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (2/20-2/27/98, p.117) - "Mating open-form jazz improvisation with klezmer music, John Zorn's band Masada has made some of the most rousing and individual recordings of the ' another winner..." - Rating: B
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