Unknown Masada

Unknown Masada

by John Zorn


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OK, by now everyone familiar with John Zorn's Masada project should realize that it's actually a songbook, and not a band per se. Unknown Masada is the third installment in the Masada 10th Anniversary series, presenting tunes from the book that had not been recorded to this point. As you might expect, there is a tremendous amount of stylistic diversity here, from the very traditional sound of Julian Kytasty to the very untraditional sounds of Fantômas. In fact, listeners more familiar with The Circle Maker or Bar Kokhba might not be prepared for some of the hard rock treatments of some of these tunes. Zahava Seewald, Erik Friedlander's Topaz, and Kytasty represent the more traditional end of the spectrum, while Koby Israelite, Jon Madof, and Jamie Saft give more of a hard rock sound to their tracks. Wadada Leo Smith's track features a very spare trumpet melody over a queasy soundscape supplied by Ikue Mori. Fantômas takes the hard edge a step further (to be expected), but the prog rock feel of both Tatsuya Yoshida and Eyvind Kang is somewhat unexpected. In fact, Kang's treatment of "Belimah" almost sounds like a lost early-'70s King Crimson outtake! Track highlights include "Kinyan" (Friedlander), "Vehuel" (Dave Douglas, featuring Greg Tardy and Zorn himself), "Zarach" (Saft), and "Belimah" (Kang). The Zorn crowd tends to follow his every move and usually know what to expect; the uninitiated should probably approach this one with some caution.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/22/2003
Label: Tzadik
UPC: 0702397718123
catalogNumber: 7181
Rank: 75498

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Zorn   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone
Wadada Leo Smith   Trumpet
Gary Bohan   Trumpet
Greg Cohen   Bass,Guitar
Glenn Dickson   Clarinet
Dave Douglas   Trumpet,fender rhodes
Trevor Dunn   Bass
Erik Friedlander   Mandolin,Cello
Sid Gauld   Flugelhorn
Andy Laster   Clarinet,Saxophone
Dave Lombardo   Drums
Ikue Mori   electronics
Mike Patton   Vocals,electronics
Ben Perowsky   Drums
Satoshi Takeishi   Percussion
Greg Tardy   Tenor Saxophone
Stomu Takeishi   Bass
Zahava Seewald   Vocals
Buzz Osborne   Guitar
Tatsuya Yoshida   Vocals
Jim Gray   Tuba
Michael McLaughlin   Piano
Eric Rosenthal   Drums
John Telfer   Baritone Saxophone
Brandon Seabrook   Electric Guitar
Mathias Kunzli   Percussion,Drums
Julian Kytasty   Bandurria
Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz   Electric Bass,Bass Guitar
Jon Madof   Guitar
Koby Israelite   Guitar,Percussion,Accordion,Drums
Yaron Stavi   Guitar,Upright Bass
Tuur Florizoone   Accordion
Michaël Grébil   Oud
Rashanim   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Wadada Leo Smith   Arranger
Dave Douglas   Arranger
Trevor Dunn   Arranger
Erik Friedlander   Arranger
Ikue Mori   Arranger
Mark Tanzer   Engineer
John Zorn   Composer,Executive Producer
Jamie Saft   Arranger,Engineer,Instrumentation
Zahava Seewald   Arranger
Tatsuya Yoshida   Arranger,Instrumentation
Eyvind Kang   Arranger,Instrumentation
Albert Einstein   Quotes Researched & Compiled
Michael McLaughlin   Arranger
Julian Kytasty   Arranger
Geert DeWit   Engineer
Tuur Florizoone   Arranger
Michaël Grébil   Arranger
Arthur Hertzberg   Quotes Researched & Compiled
Karen Liebowitz   Cover Painting

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