Dion McGregor Dreams Again
Dion McGregor dreams out loud, and his dreams are not very pretty. Tzadik invites you to eavesdrop on the horror in Dion McGregor’s mind. In 1964 ten of Dion’s tape-recorded dreams were released on album and quickly dropped out of print. This CD is its sequel, drawn from the same source material—the spoke-aloud dreams of Dion McGregor as taped by his roommate Michael Barr between 1961 and 1967. Documented with extensive photos and a long essay by Dion scholar Phil Milstein, this is the ultimate document of the creativity of the human subconscious. A modern masterpiece.
Featuring the magical sonorities of Bill Frisell’s guitar in a heavenly tapestry of harp and vibraphone, the Gnostic Trio is one of the most sublime ensembles in Zorn’s ever-expanding universe. Their sixth CD is their best yet, and presents gorgeous and intimate chamber music touching upon themes of innocence, adventure, childhood and longing that unfold like an exotic flower. Inspired by the charming character Scout from the American classic “To Kill A Mockingbird” and tempered by a folk-like simplicity, Zorn and company spins a hypnotic web of melodic beauty to soothe the restless spirit.
Great Jewish Music:
A fascinating tribute, the first outside of Israel, to one of the most original and important composers of modern Jewish music, whose hits spanned over six decades, from the 1930s to the 1990s. Born in Moscow in 1914, Sasha Argov began composing during the Palmach period in Israel and he quickly became one of Israel’s most prolific and beloved composers. Everyone knew and sang Argov’s melodies, from the ultra orthodox haredim to the average Jew on the street yet outside of Israel his music is barely known. This fourth release of the thought-provoking Great Jewish Music series presents an all-star lineup of Tzadik regulars, and some very special guests.