A pretty wonderful little concept – Pat Metheny plays music composed by John Zorn – all at a level that resonates both with the wonderful modes we've been hearing from Zorn of late, and with the most adventurous modes of Metheny's early years! Pat's virtually solo on the set – save for some help from Antonio Sanchez on drums – and plays a range of different electric and acoustic guitars, plus sitar, piano, keyboards, bandoneon, percussion, and even a bit of flugelhorn too – instruments that create a rich tapestry of sounds and textures, often with these exotic musical moments that are a real change for Metheny! The album's a delightful surprise all the way through – and titles include "Albim", "Phanuel", "Hurmiz", and "Sariel". CD
A rare solo performance by Meredith Monk, captured at the Inter-Media Art Center (IMAC), in Long Island in the spring of 1980! Meredith has always been a daring, fearlessly creative performer, and this is a remarkable snapshot of her in action – released here for the first time. She's blessed with an amazing voice, and we're blessed that she uses it for such unique, artful expression – standing alone on stage, with always hypnotic, often wordless singing, while her body moves in harmony. It's not all solo vocal though! Later in the set, she performs a brilliant piece on the Jew's harp, and several wonderful pieces on the piano. 53 minutes. DVD
Painkiller (Zorn/Laswell/Tatsuya) —
Prophecy ... CD Tzadik, 2004/2005. New Copy ....
Searing live sounds from Painkiller – a great reminder of why the group chose their name in the first place, working here right at the end of their initial classic run! The material features very long, loud sonic explorations from John Zorn on alto sax, Bill Laswell on bass, and Yoshida Tatsuya on drums – the last of whom is especially bold and forceful, and gives the music a sense of direction and power that Laswell would never have hit on his own – and which Zorn hadn't had this strongly since his Naked City days. The set centers on "The Prophecy", alongside the blistering "Prelude" and "Postlude". CD
A really wonderful little record – one headed up by John Zorn, but actually featuring instrumentation from the trio of Bill Frisell on guitar, Kenny Wollesen on vibes, and Carol Emanuel on harp! The mix of instruments is wonderful – and rings out here with gentle progressions that almost remind us of some Terry Riley projects in the 70s, but a bit more intimate and less minimal too – lots of gentle colors from the vibes and guitar ringing next to some more subtle progressions from the harp – all at a level that's way beyond jazz or familiar compositional music! Zorn composed, arranged, and produced – and titles include "The Nymphs", "Sacred Oracle", "Dance Of Sappho", "The Bacchanalia", "Ode To The Cathars", and "Apollo". CD