John Zorn- The Painted Bird (2016)

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The fourth CD in a 12-month period by Zorn’s most powerful new ensemble presents nine genre-busting compositions mixing jazz, metal, classical, world music and more. This time their trademark sound is augmented by the ringing tones of Kenny Wollesen s vibraphone to create their wildest, most insane CD to date. Juxtaposing complex atonal lines, driving vamps, heavy metal riffs, improvisational madness, shredding solos and moments of profound lyricism, The Painted Bird is a surreal and expressive new world in sound. Moonchild meets Nova Express!

“The tunes are fantastic. The musicianship is beyond compare. This unit is tight, engaged and outrageous. You can feel them smiling behind this shimmering wall of sound. The Painted Bird is a fantastic listening experience.” – Frank Alkyer/DownBeat.

Track listing:
1 Snakeskin 7:46
2 Plague 2:58
3 Ravens 3:52
4 Comet 3:21
5 Cinders 3:23
6 Nettles 3:07
7 Night 5:19
8 Spike 3:28
9 Missal 4:28

John Zorn – composer, arranger, conductor
Ches Smith (tracks: 7) – congas
Kenny Grohowski – drums
Ches Smith (tracks: 8) – drums
Simulacrum (3) – ensemble
Matt Hollenberg – guitar
John Medeski – organ
Kenny Wollesen – vibraphone


Label: Tzadik ‎– TZ 8342
Series: Archival Series
Format: CD, Album
Country: US
Released: Mar 2016