John Zorn: New Masada Quartet, Volume Two [#8396]
The first release by John Zorn’s newest and most exciting ensemble, New Masada Quartet was one of Tzadik’s best selling and most popular recent releases. Here the quartet returns to perform eight more classic compositions from the Masada songbooks. One of the best bands Zorn has ever had, here they are tighter than ever, and the performances are filled with burning solos, telepathic group interaction, heartfelt lyricism, and hypnotic grooves. Spontaneously structured by Zorn’s ever surprising conducting techniques, a crackling live energy brings the Masada music to life like never before. Masada at its passionate best.
John Zorn: The Fourth Way [#8397]
Zorn’s latest book of music for piano trio is inspired by the writings and thought of the elusive mystical figure Georges Gurdjieff. The music is expansive, ranging from heartfelt lyricism to textural madness and is brilliantly performed by a tight trio of musical masters—treasured members of Zorn’s innermost circle. Brian Marsella, Jorge Roeder, and Ches Smith form a fiery, soulful unit capable of jumping from a whisper to a scream at the drop of a hat. Following up on their acclaimed debut Suite for Piano, they continue their exploration of Zorn’s challenging compositions in this stunning collection of music that transports you to a beautiful new world of spirituality and emotional depth.