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  • Audio CD (7 Mar. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tzadik
  • ASIN: B004JWWT4K
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 259,546 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Sordel TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 April 2011
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Although his work straddles many genres, the label that is most often and least comfortably applied to John Zorn is "jazz". Well, Nova Express is definitely jazz.

This, like the Interzone album, is an album devoted to William Burroughs, whose "cut-up" writing method was an early influence on Zorn's postmodernism. The performers here are an acoustic quartet: John Medeski on piano, Kenny Wollesen on vibes, Trevor Dunn on Bass and Joey Baron on drums. All four played on Interzone, but this is not really a "similar" album. Instead, the consistency of the quartet sound tends to rein in abrupt shifts of tone, making an album that is adventurous without being alarming, challenging without being wayward.

The opener, "Chemical Garden" is the first of the very game-influenced pieces, based on nerve-jangling modern jazz sprays of notes and fearless dynamics from the drums. It is as extreme as this album gets and a good test of whether you are going to find the rest of the album tolerable, but there are rewards for those who do.

"Port of Saints", while dark in tone, is more leisurely, with Wollesen conjuring up some splendidly atmospheric sounds. "Rain Flowers" begins as another angular piece of jazz, before settling on a gripping fast ostinato that provides the album with another early highlight and then sliding into sensuous but increasingly troubled supper-club jazz. This piece is a perfect example of Zorn at his genre-blending best.

"The Outer Half" is dreamy, almost hallucinatory, but punctuated with another of those abrasive little figures that become more prevalent still in the fierce minature "Dead Fingers Talk".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nova Express 5 April 2011
By Matthew Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
While scored for a Modern Jazz Quartet style group, with John Medeski on Piano, Kenny Wollesen on Vibes, Trevor Dunn on bass and Joey Baron on drums, Zorn's latest is often less like a piece of 'jazz' and more like his modern classical music, with a number of songs being basically through composed with little improvisation. The music also owes something to his cut up compositional techniques and varies widely, both within individual songs, but especially between songs. It would be hard to characterize simply what the feel of the album is, but if you have been a fan of Zorn's compositions, it will likely be a deeply satisfying album, almost a pared down, more intimate successor to his recent 'Interzone'.

The album opener "Chemical Garden" is a messy avant garde masterpiece. It starts with a spate of drum fury before the rest of the band comes in. The song is filled with quick stops as band members stop and drop out or come back in. It is the very model of modern, avant garde classical music scored for a jazz quartet. On the exact opposite end of the spectrum is the album closer, "Between Two Worlds" which is a piece of classic straight ahead jazz, deeply swung. Both satisfying for completely different reasons, those two tracks really exemplify the album for me. Jumping back and forth between styles, assonance and dissonance, improvisation and fully composed music, this album seeks to find a place in the not entirely classifiable.

At this point it is hard to imagine a band better suited to Zorn's compositions and musical styles than this one. Both on their individual strengths as musicians as well their longstanding associations with Zorn, they seem to understand what music requires and seem to have no difficulty moving through the often quite tricky compositions. Any fan of Zorn's composition will find something in this album to appreciate.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Back to the Early 70s - Sort of Retro Jazz 18 July 2011
By Klaus Mueller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Excellent, free flowing only loosely structured acoustic jazz in the style of the Circle quartet of Corea, Altschul et al. from the early 1970s. Excellent drumming and vibes. For repeated listening!
4.0 out of 5 stars Wings of Desire 11 May 2015
By SJ Bang - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Bright stars and weightless clouds perform a dance of original mystic material.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Oh Well! 16 July 2011
By jon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Oh well, I have yet to see the big deal about this guy. I first heard him (on cd & in performance) in 1998 & still am not impressed. He always seems derivative & soulless. Well, just my opinion.
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