Tag Archives: Tzadik

Robert Dick–Our Cells Know

Avant-garde works for contrabass flute–wandering, breathing, percussive beats. Mostly languid and slow, but with rhythmic changes. Play most!

John Zorn–The Mockingbird

Inspired by the character Scout in “To Kill A Mockingbird”, this is yet another exquisite & gorgeous release from Zorn, featuring the Gnostic Trio (harp, guitar, vibraphone). PLAY! PLAY! PLAY!

Richard Crandell–Mbira Magic

Re-release. Gorgeous pieces for altered Zimbabwean instrument. Suitable for world programming. Play!

John Zorn–James Moore Plays Book of Heads

Begun as a ten year old, Zorn’s explorations of the great variety of sounds that can come out of a guitar  with a great variety of tools: balloons, metal rods, violin bows, cymbals, etc.–very short etudes. Wild!

John Zorn–Hen to Pan

Zorn in intense mode, some cacaphony and dissonance in these chamber pieces with cello up front, sometimes squeaking and jazzy drums. Compositions are performed with various instrumental mixes. Sample.

Wollesen/Haffner/Naujo—Rasa Rasa

Modern songs performed in Lithuanian and in the polyphonic style typical of Lithuanian folk music, with varied musical accompaniment (percussion, “Wollesonics”, horns, etc.) (If you know pagan Baltic mythology check out who is their “cosmic manager”!)

John Zorn–Transmigration of the Magus

Written for Lou Reed to help him on his spiritual journey after death, these are lovely pieces for guitar, vibes etc. Some of the pieces are more electric, more intense. Play!

Tobias Picker–Invisible Lilacs

Neo-classical, but not avant-garde chamber music,  intense, abstract, yet still somewhat lyrical. Interesting! Play!

John Zorn–The Testament of Solomon

Continuing with his cycle of music for the Gnostic Trio (B. Frisell–guitar, C. Emanuel–harp, K. Wollesen–vibes) covering Jewish themes, this is yet another gorgeous, highly lyrical disc with jazz, classical and folk elements. Absolutely play!

Paul Shapiro – Shofarot Verses (Tzadik)

A mix of Jewish musical traditions with Jazz, Soul, & R&B (Shapiro calls it “Rhythm and Jews”). Sax, drums, bass, & guitar all admirable. Musicians cut loose on many tracks & rock out. All original compositions except 1 & 6 based on traditional music. Really nice.

John Zorn (Tzadik) “In the Hall of Mirrors”

Music composed by the prolific Mr.  Zorn for piano trio, here expertly rendered by a protean threesome of players.  Beauty, mystery, dark rumblings…. An intriguing and rewarding listen if you leave your preconceptions at the door.

Many Arms (Tzadik) “Suspended Definition”

Philly/ NY based power trio here joined by saxist Colin Fisher (tenor & baritone). Metallic Punk meets Ayleresque free jazz fury. This amazing CD features music that can peel paint.  It will certainly take you to a new place. Track #4 is probably the least jarring for those not familiar with these sonic territories.

John Zorn (Tzadik) “Alastor: Book of Angels vol. 21”

Avant-garde composer Zorn and his band Masada take another step into the world of new Jewish music.  Influenced by Ornette, this radical and powerful music transports one to the Holyland. It has a classical feel that reveals more with each listen.     (DC)      

Henry Kaiser–Requia & Other Improvisations for Guitar Solo

Using a variety of guitars (Stratocaster, Avant 7 string, Takamine electro-acoustic, 13 string harp and 12 string acoustic) Kaiser performs a  range of works–rock/avant, abstract, blues and gracious pieces. Interesting! Play!

John Zorn–In Lambeth

Yet another lovely CD from Zorn, with his preferred trio of Bill Frisell, (guitar) Carol Emanuel (harp) & Kenny Wollesen,(vibraphone, bells)  inspired by the works of William Blake. Classical/jazz with some electric guitar occasionally adding a harder edge. Play!

Le Stagioni del Commissario Ricciardi

Based on an Italian detective noir book, these are pieces that aspire to aurally create the characters in the novel. Classical/jazz/folk hybrid. Play most!

Pierre -Yves Mace–Segments et Apostilles

Highly abstract pieces for electronics, tape and instruments, however not atonal or dissonant. Trk 4 nice!

John Zorn–Lemma

Avant-garde, abstract, works for strings. some quite “squeaky,” most intense. Try trks 4, 5, 7, 11, 14.

Lee Hyla–My Life on the Plains

Very abstract avant-garde works for chamber ensemble, some a a bit cacaphonous, others very quiet and slow. Varied rhythms in some works–interesting! Try trks 2, 3, 5-7.

Anthony Coleman–The End of Summer

Avant-garde and abstract works for various instruments. Some atonality. Try trks 2,4,5,7,9.