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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

John Zorn's Tribute To Derek Bailey - London 2006

JZ002_smallJohn Zorn (born September 2, 1953) is an American composer and saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist. Zorn was born in New York City, and as a child played piano, guitar and flute. He studied at Webster College (now Webster University) in St. Louis, Missouri, where he discovered free jazz. Dropping out of college and moving to Manhattan, Zorn gave concerts in his small apartment, playing a variety of reeds, duck calls, tapes, etc. He eventually became a major participant in the fertile "Downtown" experimental music scene. His breakthrough recording was perhaps 1985's The Big Gundown: John Zorn Plays the Music of Ennio Morricone, wherein Zorn offered a number of often radical arrangements of Morricone's famed songs from various movies. The Big Gundown was endorsed by Morricone, and incorporated elements of traditional Japanese music, soul jazz, and other diverse musical genres.

Zorn owns the Tzadik record label and has worked with a large number of experimental musicians, particularly in improvised music. He is inspired by other artists and different musical styles. He has a special attraction to underground artists and musical styles that are extremely loud, wild, or creative. He is perhaps best known for his work with Masada, with Joey Baron (drums), Dave Douglas (trumpet), Greg Cohen (bass); Masada is an Ornette Coleman-influenced band playing compositions based on Jewish scales. The Masada songs are part of the songbook with several different arrangements. These include the Masada String Trio, Bar Kohkba, and Electric Masada. He has also played with Painkiller (a mix of grindcore and free jazz in which he is joined by Mick Harris of Napalm Death) and Naked City (an often aggressive mix of jazz, rock and thrash metal). He has also worked with musicians such as Bill Frisell, Gary Lucas, Wayne Horvitz, Derek Bailey, Cyro Baptista, Trevor Dunn, Mark Feldman, Fred Frith, Erik Friedlander, Keiji Haino, Bill Laswell, Arto Lindsay, Mike Patton, John Medeski, Ikue Mori, Robert Quine, Marc Ribot, Jamie Saft, Kenny Wolleson, and the Violent Femmes.

On his recent stop in London Zorn bring his tribe and paid tribute to Derek Bailey.

John Zorn - saxophone
George Lewis - trombone
Bill Laswell - bass guitar
Milford Graves - double bass
Tony Oxley - drums and percussion
Milford Graves - drums, percussion and vocals
Mike Patton - vocals

Title Improvisation 1
Artists John Zorn, Tony Oxley, Gavin Bryars, George Lewis
Title Improvisation 2
Artists John Zorn, Milford Graves, Bill Laswell
Title The Advocate
Artist Tony Oxley
Title Improvisation 3
Artists Milford Graves, Tony Oxley, John Zorn, Gavin Bryars, Bill Laswell, George Lewis, Mike Patton

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