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Zorn-Naked City

John Zorn Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (30 April 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B000005J08
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,471 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. The Sicilian Clan 3:330.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. You Will Be Shot 1:310.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  8. I Want To Live 2:120.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Lonely Woman 2:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Igneous Ejaculation0:230.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen13. Demon Sanctuary0:420.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Obeah Man0:200.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Ujaku0:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Fuck The Facts0:140.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen18. Chinatown 4:280.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen21. Siagon Pickup 4:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. The James Bond Theme 3:060.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Den of Sins 1:140.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Contempt 2:530.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Graveyard Shift 3:320.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Inside Straight 4:170.79  Buy MP3 

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is NOT classical music 26 Oct 2003
By "clowd"
Format:Audio CD
Why is this in the classical music section?? This is classical in the same way that Britney Spears is thrash metal! John Zorn, for those who don't know, is an avant-garde jazz musician who destroys as much as he creates. His music follows no boundaries and is like nothing else you have ever heard. He is one of Mike Pattons chief influences and that explains whay at some points this album sounds like Patton's Mr Bungle playing a mixture of their trademark 'crazy metal' with elements of free form jazz and surf music. Put simply, this album is stunning! Recommended to anyone who likes adventurous, groundbreaking, imaginative music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice! 30 Mar 2012
Format:Audio CD
Notorious in the jazz world, the name John Zorn never fails to guarantee a transcendental listening experience. The album "Naked City" is essentially a traversal of totalitarianist empiricism, via a series of individually themed sonic vignettes. Along the ride Zorn exploits a pretty diverse range of experimentalist techniques: such as Aeolian pseudo-rhythm, quantum wave-phasing, assimilative linear enharmonicity and modal inter-stasis. From the very first track, there is a hefty implication of the socio-congrusive about Zorn's sound (although, to be fair, he stops a few yards short of decking out the music in an overtly political hat). To my ears there's something pervasively retro about Zorn's take on neo-ultramodernism (that appears to have been birthed as much out of nostalgic leanings as out of a Platonic desire to innovate).

Among the greatest highlights of the album are the moment when Zorn and his drummer trade not in traditional fours, but in hexadecimally-based rhythmic currency. No sooner has Zorn even sewn the seed of a motific denominator, than his drummer has already filleted it, digested the innate paradox of its essence and ricocheted it straight back on a platter- all with a blasé casuality that suggests wholly Pavlovian response. Anyone who is of the opinion that the ends of instrumental phrases ought to observe archaically structured rhyming patterns will likely enjoy the rather solipsistic fuglet that follows (although little will they realise quite what vicious satire might come to resonate within the unknowing cochlea of an ignorant Philistine!). Anyway, it is at this point that the album does not so much hit the traditional idea of "boiling point"- but rather sublimates directly between the states of solid and gas (bypassing the liquid phase altogether!).
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hold on a minute 5 Nov 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
John Zorn is usually lumped into the jazz music category, solely due most of the time to the fact that he is a saxophonist and occasionally plays what some would describe as jazz. However, this album can only very loosely be described as jazz music. This album is an assemblage of 26 little musical vignettes which although related in style often jump from one to another abruptly and unexpectedly. Scattered about this collection are a variety of familiar sountrack exerpts all given a characteristic treatment by the band. The music is often very aggressive, with short bouts of saxophone shrieking and wailing, distorted guitar flurries and unusual, rhythmic vocal outbursts. These sections are often followed abruptly by gentle, melodic parts which really contrast very strongly. All in all it is an unusual listening experience and a strange blend between conventional melodic music parts and avant-garde atonal excess. There are some truly beatiful tracks here such as 'The Sicilian Clan' and a really great take on 'Contempt'and the theme track from 'Chinatown'. No doubt you will find Batman and James Bond amusing but at the end of it all you may feel that the whole thing needed a little more coherence.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ha ha .. 8 Jun 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
..this is so funny yet so talented its beyond comprehension! a jazz band that combines extreme metal! yes bands have tried to do ths before and failed miserably, naked city manage o get away with it. mellow, chilled out, funky, technical, in your face grindcore,the inflences go on and on. excellent. by the way, avoid the other albums cause they are ambient etc, not at all like this. i made the mistake of buying the box set and the other discs are rubbish, just buy this one on its own - unless you like that sort of thing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Believe it or not... 29 Jun 2004
By "snoticus" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
this is the album that really got me seriously into jazz. I'll wait a minute to let you gasp....
Now, let me explain myself. I bought Naked City in the summer before my freshman year in High School. My father, a former professional, now part-time jazz trombonist played jazz around the house 24/7 and I enjoyed it but didn't really listen to it that much myself. I went to several summer camps focused on jazz improv and I tended to be pretty decent without really listening to the music. The music that I did listen to was hardcore punk rock. The kind where the more bands you know that no one else did, the cooler you are (ever heard of Demon System 13, INDK...yeah thats right). I was a lot more open-minded than others who listen to that music but I still didn't care too much about other music.
Then I listened to Naked City and I was blown away. Someone had bridged the gap between jazz in all of its forms and hardcore. This was some scary s---! All of a sudden I started buying jazz cds like crazy and I have never looked back since. Thanks John for making me an open-minded listener and allowing me to be an individual!
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Staggering Display of Musical Mastery- One of Zorn's Best... 7 Dec 2005
By Eyes and Teeth - Published on Amazon.com
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John Zorn hails from New York and has been one of the most interesting and exciting figures in contemporary music for years. He appears to be of limitless talent, acquiring quite a reputation for his wild eclecticism. That eclecticism is wildly abundant on this fine, fine album, as Zorn and Company rage thru the music of Ornette Coleman, Henry Mancini, Ennio Morricone, John Barry, and of course Mr. Zorn himself. They blaze through jazz, swing, blues, free jazz, noise, rock, thrash, and surf- often in the same song. This is great music for today's attention-span addled human. In fact, I think this would actually be a great album for youngsters with an interest in jazz to listen to. It is fast moving, often changing, and definitely never boring. I haven't listened to this CD for awhile (until today), and I forgot how enthralling it is.

`Naked City' was my first John Zorn album and it remains my favorite (along with his Occult masterpiece I.A.O.). This wonderful disc starts out with `Batman'; Zorn's uptempo envisioning of what Batman's theme should sound like- and it totally kicks ass. This is followed by Morricone's `The Sicilian Clan'. Zorn's saxophone sounds great on this track (and I usually HATE the saxophone). Next up is `You Will Be Shot', a nifty Zorn original that changes just about every ten seconds; touching on rock, noise/thrash, and blues/swing. I could go on and on; fruitlessly attempting to describe track after track. That however is beginning to seem increasingly pointless as I listen to this spectacular album. It sounds so cliché, but one must truly listen to this album for themselves to have any kind of understanding for how much ass it kicks.

One of the things that Mr. Zorn seems to have a knack for, is assembling the right band for the right project (much in the same way Miles Davis did). The band that he put together for `Naked City' was absolutely perfect, and up to the task of tackling these diverse, high energy arrangements. Bill Frisell on guitar, Wayne Horvitz on keys, Fred Firth on bass, and Joey Baron on skins were the perfect partners in crime for this wicked creation. I would've loved to catch this amazing band live.

This is a hell of an album. I own LOTS of music, and this is by far one of the most diverse releases I have. Not many bands could pull off the ridiculous changes present here. On paper, this should be a mess. However thanks to John Zorn's vision and skill (and that of his band mates) this works wonderfully- way better than it should. If you are interested in Zorn and have yet to delve into his intimidating and massive catalogue, this is a great place to start. If you are a fan of Zorn, you undoubtedly have this excellent and timeless release.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take a chance and buy this. 27 Dec 1999
By Chris Pollina - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I took a chance on buying this CD, as I only heard about it from a friend, and had heard no music from it. It ended up being truly one of the most worthwhile CD purchases I've made. My idea of music was so much more limited before this CD. I liked only a few of the tracks, and really didn't appreciate the grindcore tracks except for their over the top quality. But after a lot of listening it redefined music for me. It is truly refreshing and unlike anything I've heard. GREAT STEPPING STONE IF YOU WANT TO GET INTO SOMETHING DIFFERENT! I highly recommend.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like falling into a vat of ice water unexpectedly 24 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a shock to the system the first time you hear it, then at some point the humor in the music becomes more evident. Zorn has an interesting mind, and unlike the jazz dullards who exhibit technique for its own sake, has something to say and a unique, powerful way of saying it. I think that this album is hilarious and bracing, the way that having an avalanche fall on you is bracing. Not for your elderly maiden aunt as background music--this one demands your full attention, and jazz needs more music like that these days.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly The Best Experimental Jazz Record Ever Made..... 8 Nov 2005
By Schmaddio - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There really isn't much you can say but totally unpredictable and absolutely ingenius from start to finish. One of those rare records that keeps you on the edge of your seat and you find yourself saying about every other minute "How the hell did he think of that?". The ideas are bountiful and over the top brilliant. Every record collection should have at least one copy of Can Tago Mago, Captain Beefheart Trout Mask Replica and Naked City by John Zorn. Amazing stuff.
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