Friday, February 19, 2010

Azazel, Book of Angels Volume 2: Masada String Trio Plays Masada Book Two

So yesterday's Marc Ribot post re-ignited a Masada craving...I will listen to as much of this music as Zorn and his cohorts make available. The diversity of the ensembles and the beauty of the melodies combine to give me much satisfaction...once again let's turn to allaboutjazz for some comments:
"...The Masada String Trio is Zorn's most accessible ensemble, although it makes absolutely no compromises with the probing spirit that has rendered the Masada project his most endearing and enduring work. While the trio—violinist Mark Feldman, cellist Erik Friedlander, and bassist Greg Cohen—has been at the center of a number of Zorn projects including Filmworks VIII (Tzadik, 1998) and Filmworks XI (Tzadik, 2002), it's been nearly a decade since they have recorded a studio album of new Masada material.

With over 300 tunes composed for his second Masada songbook, Zorn is in a different and more advantageous position. Whereas the bulk of the first book was first introduced by his flagship quartet, this time he can inaugurate the material using the wealth of musical contexts that have become part of the larger Masada universe. Astaroth: Book of Angels Volume 1 found long-time associate Jamie Saft approaching ten new pieces from a piano trio perspective. Azazel: Book of Angels Volume 2 reconvenes the Masada String Trio and, like Volume 1, demonstrates that there's plenty of life left in the Masada project...With a large community of artists from which Zorn can now draw for Masada, there seems to be no end to its potential, and the Masada String Trio proves that it's possible to create challenging and multifaceted improv-based chamber music that doesn't sacrifice widespread appeal..."
Enjoy this record. Go see any Zorn-related live performance when you can.

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Azazel, Book of Angels Volume 2: Masada String Trio Plays Masada Book Two