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The Circle Maker
The Circle Maker
Price: £28.77

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Radical jewish culture, 7 Jan. 2006
This review is from: The Circle Maker (Audio CD)
I am a Zorn begginer... and hell, I dig his stuff!
Zorn who is incrediably prolific and has also been involved in various other projects such as the jazz-punk/trash band naked city and his 'game piece' work, cobra.
With Masada, which is in essence a jazz band he goes into his jewish past and roots.
Masada works with a vast amount of Zorn's compositions, intepreted in diverse forms. In the circle maker's first disc he settles for a chamber ensemble, with 3 mucisians, instrumentation being: Violin, cello and bass. It is similar to jazz in the sense that the melodies are played, but often go into improvasation, which is at times polyphonic, and after all this returns to a recognizable pattern. It is getting away from traditional jewish music, but still pays homage, widening possibilities for the genre. Zorn is definately proud of his heritage.
The second disc widens instrumentation with guitar, drums and percussion. And it still uses the same format as disc 1.
This is one of the comprehensive Zorn albums I've heard at first listen since the musicians gives the Masada compositions a certain feel. JZ has re-intepreted some of the pieces found here along other masada ones, (eg Masada guitars)and each musician he works with gives his own personality to the work, expanding the universe created by zorn in accordance to their own mind.
One thing is for sure: Zorn doesn't like repeating himself.


Rock Bottom
Rock Bottom
Offered by musea
Price: £14.99

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jesus christ, this is beautiful!, 25 Nov. 2005
This review is from: Rock Bottom (Audio CD)
The best thing about Wyatt's albums is that it sounds very simple on the outside, but if you delve in deeper, it sounds very structured and complicated. His lyrics (and wonderful cracked voice) potray a sadness, but always however with a faint ray of hope.
The album never decides to stay on a particular vein for very long, as you least expect it an outburst of free jazzy trumpets come out, and Wyatt melancholicly fights his way through them.
I won't go into the history behind the album as you can most probably (such as him being on a wheelchair, and part of the album centred on Venice) find it on other more detailed or even better reviews!
I'm just giving a personal account on why Rock bottom has had such a great impact on me recently.


The Art of the Theremin
The Art of the Theremin
Price: £10.36

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best example of the instrument!, 16 Nov. 2005
This review is from: The Art of the Theremin (Audio CD)
A extreamly difficult instrument to play (as Bob Moog remarks on the cover). Clara Rockmore is often regarded as the best theremin player of all time.Wonderful versions of contemporary classics including Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky, this album is brilliant when you just want to have something relxing while reading a book, or simply engage yourself with very indivualistic inventive music.


Heimat 2 [DVD]
Heimat 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Henry Arnold
Offered by PressPlay
Price: £99.99

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The second heimat, 5 Oct. 2005
This review is from: Heimat 2 [DVD] (DVD)
The first Heimat looked at a fictional German village through 1919-1982. This sequel focuses on the character Herman; set in the sixties, as he vows to never return to his town, he thus rejects his Heimat(homeland). He goes to Munich studying music.
The first episode is absolutely stunning, brilliantly filmed and great music on it too. It also shows many other characters, also how Herman and other music students experiment with new sounds. As well as filmakers,a philosopher, all devolping ideas and sharing their thaughts. Edgar Reitz roughly based this on personal experiences, himself as a young filmaker singed to find new ways of experimenting with cinema.
Forget about the price or length, buy this and you won't know how you lived without it.


Art Of The Theremin, The
Art Of The Theremin, The

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best example of the instrument!, 5 Oct. 2005
An extreamly difficult instrument to play (as Bob Moog remarks on the cover). Clara Rockmore is often regarded as the best theremin player of all time.
Wonderful versions of contemporary classics including Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky, this album is brilliant when you just want to have something relxing while reading a book, or simply engage yourself with very indivualistic inventive music.


The Grand Wazoo
The Grand Wazoo
Offered by musea
Price: £14.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 tracks... 5 stars, 5 Oct. 2005
This review is from: The Grand Wazoo (Audio CD)
My favourite zappa album for quite some time,Frank's previous release 'Waka/jawaka'is excellent, but it doesn't flow throughout as well as this album.
A very big band, with musicians such as Sal Marquez shining out in particular. There's no better introduction than the title track, as it smoothly moves onto the next track 'For calvin'. It goes through many changes and never manages to bore the listener.
Cletus Awreetus-Awrightus is a comedy jazz song,with many of the 'amusing' voices Frank used on many of his albums, instead of the in your face parody of 'sheik yerbouti', Frank rather 'created' as opposed to mocking some politician.
Mentioning Marquez above, I think that George duke for his exquisite key solo on eat that question.
The finishing track is Blessed relief, which is wonderful for taking stress away, particularly after a rough day. Amongst the best moments on the FZ catalogue all together.
I find it annoying that almost none of the grand wazoo got performed by his later bands, other than a brief version of eat that question on 'make a jazz noise here'. FZ covered a wide spectrum of genres during his career (as you most probably know),considering him to be a 'rock' musician however is quite unfair,if all you've heard about him is Apostrophe than this sweet album should make you look at him in a different way.


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