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5.0 out of 5 stars Hot & Joyous, 6 Feb 2002
This review is from: Masada Live at Tonic 2001 (Audio CD)
Was about to go for a country walk just as a track from this CD started on the radio: I could not leave the car 'til it had finished.
Bought it soon after & continued to be blown away by the playfully exuberant musicianship. This album is HOT and incredibly rich in musical ideas.
Especially from Joey Baron - my new definition of happiness: listening to any of his numerous drum solos on these CDs - he builds the dynamics to thrill the crowd with a brilliant melding of emotion and intellect. Drums are well recorded too and very to-the-fore.
If you have found John Zorn's sax solos somewhat boring and tame in the past I think this album will pleasantly surprise you. He sounds positively inspired & unpredictable on much of his playing on these 2 live sets (recorded at the Tonic nightclub, their home base in New York before an enthusiastic and appreciative crowd). He and Dave Douglass go all out and get into a screaming dialogue in some crescendo parts.
Greg Cohen on bass does some beautiful work too and his solos are well recorded.
There may be one flaw and that's one aspect of the sound: at times I wanted a bit more clarity from the trumpet and sax. But don't let that dissuade you from getting this double CD which has quickly become my all time favourite "jazz" album. Great value too for over 2 and 1/4 hours of uniformly wonderful music. If you listen to both CDs in one night it's actually like you're experiencing a magical moment in NYC.
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