Re: Dave Douglas/John Zorn
> -----Original Message-----I would put Zorn's game pieces in the you-hadda-be-there category -- fun to
> From: Little Bear [mailto:sillygoose55@...]
> Sent: Tuesday, June 01, 1999 12:21 PM
> As an update tp my last e-mail - I would like to ask if anybody out there
> has any ideas about Dave Douglas or John Zorn recordings that I should
watch when being performed, random noodling when played in your living room.
I could barely get through the whole of "Cobra Live at the Knitting Factory"
before I sold it back. Can't get a handle on "Archery," etc. either.
Naked City's "Heretic" I find pretty iffy as well -- little of the tightness
of the first Naked City album, the frenzy of "Torture Garden," or the
luxuriant oppressiveness of "Leng T'che" and "Absinthe," and too much of
Yamantaka Eye's screaming. The live-in-Osaka disc off the Painkiller box set
is pretty turgid as well (though you can pick up the other Painkiller albums
Otherwise you're already in good hands with those already recommended.
Zorn's "Naked City" is pretty essential, as is "Spy Vs Spy." The Masada
series are generally excellent (I prefer the second one myself), but they're
darn expensive. (My advice, which I'll be heeding myself: wait for the box
set to come out, and then get my greedy hands on the used CDs.) "Bar Kokhba"
and "The Circle Maker" (Masada tunes arranged for chamber orchestra / string
trio etc.) are gorgeous.
Damn -- how could I forget "News for Lulu," with George Lewis and Bill
Frisell? Covers of mostly Hank Mobley / Sonny Clark compositions; excellent