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  • Audio CD (1 Sept. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B00LM9IDY8
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Bill Frisell, Carol Emanuel, Kenny Wollesen. For their fourth release, Zorn s most intimate and spiritual 21st century ensemble returns with a melodic and open book of music reminiscent of the Masada music. Drawing inspiration from the Biblical Song of Solomon and originally intended as a companion piece to Zorn's vocal masterpiece Shir Hashirim, the music is regal, sensual and romantic a magical blend of classical, jazz and folk music. There has never been a group like the Gnostic Trio, and The Testament of Solomon is a unique CD in their catalog, filled with strong solos, telepathic interplay and a charming lyricism.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tomfb on 7 Nov. 2014
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Strange choice of instruments but works brilliantly the feel of the music gets to you.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
SEXY STUFF! The Gnostic Trio plays the Book of Angels 22 Aug. 2014
By Sunlight - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
In their previous releases (Gnostic Preludes, The Mysteries and In Lambeth) the Gnostic Trio performed complex compositions in Zorn’s new mystical style. Perhaps beginning with the piece The Magus on In Search of the Miraculous (2010) these long form through-composed pieces showed the influence of minimal composers like Reich, Glass and Riley and has grown and deepened over the years toward pieces like America on the brilliant On Leaves of Grass cd (2014) by the Nova Express Quartet.

For this fourth CD in the Gnostic series Zorn has chosen to present this unique ensemble with very different music. As always, Zorn gives us a few clues to his process. The subtitle on the cover Sefer Shir shel Shir Hashirim (The Songbook of the Song of Songs) tells us this music is from a book of tunes composed for an instrumental ensemble to precede his vocal masterwork SHIR HASHIRIM. In 2007 I was lucky enough to see the premiere performance of this piece that featured Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson and five amazing female singers. An unforgettable experience. The first set that evening featured a quartet of Kenny Wollesen, Carol Emanuel, Trevor Dunn and Marc Ribot performing about eight instrumentals. The Testament of Solomon presents those same compositions, this time with the Gnostic Trio, and I think Zorn has picked the perfect band for these lovely and sensual melodies. This is sexy stuff.

It is no coincidence that the titles of these pieces are reminiscent of Masada titles. These compositions are very much in the mode of the Masada songbooks: charming, lyrical pieces that would not be out of place in the Book of Angels series. Unlike the previous Gnostic CDs that featured long form compositions using repetition in modular blocks and ever changing time signatures, the pieces here are more melodic head-blow-head affairs that pretty much stay in one groove and have the lyrical lilt of folk music. Following this classic format allows a bit more space for the musicians to open up, and that is what makes this CD so special—especially with Bill Frisell in the band. What a joy it is to hear him play on these pieces. Elegant and tasteful always, his love for Zorn and his music is evident throughout.

The CD begins with solo harp in the largely 5/4 tune Alamot, and when the whole band comes in we know what we are in for on this CD—heavenly timeless melodies, creative and imaginative arrangements, breathtaking solos and the sensitive contrapuntal interplay of musicians who have a mutual respect and have worked together for decades (Frisell and Emanuel first performed together on Zorn’s 1984 composition COBRA and I think Wollesen has been in Frisell’s units since the '90s). The magic continues with the stately pacing of Kotlenu (a personal favorite) which features brilliant solos from Frisell and Wollesen, then we get the snaky line of Holat Ahavah. Every piece is its own little world, and there are many amazing moments: the gorgeous melody of Ayummah, the tricky line of Sammatek that leads Wollesen to one of his best solos. Frisell’s solo on Asis is a real high point for me as he digs into his surf roots. But dont just download one or two songs—the whole cd is gorgeous and the magic is there from first note to last. This is beautiful and relaxing music that demands attention and repays close and repeated listening.

And as always with Zorn, the package is gorgeous. It looks like a miniature vinyl LP but the FEEL of it is very special-almost like red velvet with gold foil stamped into it. Heung Heung Chin has got to be the best designer working in the CD medium, her projects show an amazing attention to detail. I love it.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
As Lovely as a Lotus Blossom 21 Aug. 2014
By The Delite Rancher - Published on Amazon.com
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"The Testament of Solomon" is the fourth beautiful album by John Zorn's Gnostic Trio. The Frisell-Wollesen-Emanuel group plays music that is always meditational and peaceful but never new agey. As with the last couple of releases, Bill Frisell is the standout. Indeed, on "The Testament of Solomon," Frisell's notes gracefully dance about the ether. Carol Emanuel plays a supportive role on the harp and Kenny Wollesen creates a mystical ambiance with the vibes and bells. Given the meditative quality, this is wonderful music to play first thing in the morning. The only drawback to "The Testament of Solomon" is that it's a rehash of the group's recent work. It's stronger than the first album, "Gnostic Preludes," but there's little differentiation between this effort and the previous two albums, "In Lambeth" and "the Mysteries." Given a blindfolded test, most listeners would be unable to tell the difference between "The Testament of Solomon" and the previous couple of albums. So it's a beautiful recording but only completists will need the entire quartet. In the end, "The Testament of Solomon" may be redundant but it's still as lovely as a lotus blossom.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
SONGS OF SONGS 18 Sept. 2014
By Manuel Grosso Galvan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Magical and full of sense. Melodic music for a spiritual approach in 21st century. Simples melodies looking for beauty. Is the other side of Zorn. Frisell play like always, perfect. Carol Emanuel put the magical sound of his harp and Kenny Wollesen with his vibes give a especial meaning to all the contexts. The CD is very relaxing but intense at the same time. Gnostic Trio make again a great music. A difference with the other 2 CD of the trio, the guitar sound much better. Masada strike again with this Salomon music poem
It grows on you 12 Oct. 2014
By R. S. Fernandez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As all the previous efforts from the Gnostic trio, this provides an incredibly rich and nuanced listening experience. Beautiful melodies, performed as a prologue to Shir Hashirim, originally played by Marc Ribot (a recording of which would be pretty interesting to listen to as well and compare with Frisell and company).
It grows on you after repetead and careful listenings.
Highly recommended.
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