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Album · 1986

Filed under Third Stream
By JOHN ZORN

Tracklist

A1 The Big Gundown 7:17
A2 Peur Sur La Ville 4:08
A3 Poverty (Once Upon A Time In America) 3:42
A4 Milano Odea 2:57
A5 Erotico (The Burglars) 4:17
B1 Battle Of Algiers 3:43
B2 Giù La Testa (Duck, You Sucker!) 5:59
B3 Metamorfosi (La Classe Operaia Va In 4:25
B4 Tre Nel 5000 4:32
B5 Once Upon A Time In The West 8:27

Line-up/Musicians

- Anton Fier /Drums (tracks: A2, A4, B1)
- Bob James / Tapes (tracks: A2, B2 to B4)
- Arto Lindsay /Guitar, Vocals (tracks: A2, A4, B2)
- Wayne Horvitz /Organ, Piano, Keyboards (tracks: A2, B1 to B4)
- Bill Frisell / Guitar (1,5)
- Anthony Coleman / Piano, Vocals (1)
- David Weinstein / Synthesizer (1,9)
- Melvin Gibbs /Bass (4,10)
- Fred Frith / Guitar (4,9)
- Shelley Hirsch /Vocals (5)
- Christian Marclay /Turntables (6,9)
- Polly Bradfield / Violin (8)
- Diamanda Galás / Vocals (8)
- Orvin Aquart/Harmonica
- Derek Bailey/Guitar
- Cyro Baptista/Cuica, Culca, Percussion
- Joey Baron/Drums
- Tim Berne/Sax (Alto)
- Vicki Bodner/Horn (English), Oboe
- Laura Biscotto/Vocals
- Greg Cohen/Bass
- Duduka Da Fonseca/Caixa, Percussion
- Trevor Dunn/Bass
- Carol Emanuel/Harp
- Mark Feldman/Violin
- Reinaldo Fernandes/Repique
- Erik Friedlander/Cello
- Jody Harris/Guitar, Guitar (Electric)
- Miho Hatori/Voices
- Shelley Hirsch/Vocals
- Guy Klucevsek/Accordion
- Christian Marclay/Turntables
- Mark E. Miller/Drums, Tympani [Timpani]
- Big John Patton/Organ
- Bobby Previte /Drums, Percussion, Tympani [Timpani], Vocals
- Robert Quine/Guitar (Electric)
- Vernon Reid/Guitar (Electric)
- Marc Ribot/Guitar
- Ned Rothenberg/Jew's-Harp, Ocarina,Shakuhachi
- Jamie Saft/Keyboards
- Luli Shioi/Vocals, Voices
- Claudio Silva/Pandeiro
- Jorge Silva/Surdo
- Jim Staley/Trombone, Trombone (Bass)
- Toots Thielemans/Harmonica, Whistle (Human), Whistle (Instrument)
- David Weinstein/Computers, Mirage, Sampled Keyboards, Synthesizer
- John Zorn/ Conductor,Harpsichord, Piano, Sax (Alto), Saxophone, Vocals, Voices

Composed By - John Zorn (9),Ennio Morricone (others)

About this release

Nonesuch ‎– 979 139-1(US)

Recorded at Radio City Music Hall Studio Sept 84-Sept 85

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snobb
John Zorn's monumental work - his look on Morricone soundtracks from late 80-s NY down town avant-garde musician. For such a n ambitious work Zorn organised full orchestra of mostly down-town musicians who will work with John for decades after the release of this album and many of them will become front page artists in modern avant-jazz.

Morricone genial material is easy recognizable under the skin of Zorn's look on it,so all album sounds as well known and very unusual at the same time. It's great how Zorn works with original compositions - from one hand he always leaves some main components of original,as melody,atmosphere,but he doesn't afraid to re-work it radically at the same time.As a result, listener hear easily recognizable tunes he remembers as themes for many great movies, but all music sounds as if all that happened in mid 80-s in NY down town.

There are not too many radical components (as free jazz reeds soloing or scratching electric guitars) added in music, but all structure,new dynamics, samples and effects make music sounding different - as from known,but parallel world.

From 10 compositions only one is Zorn's original, where he just tested his ability to catch Morricone's point of view. Really monumental work,extremely well played and very important for modern music development - John himself will record a long series of soundtrack (or related)music during few nearest decades.But possibly even more important is that this album showed synthesis of art-pop and modern avant-garde confirmed continuity of modern experimental music development in its relation with previous musical cultures.

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