50th Birthday, Vol. 5

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All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
Fred Frith and John Zorn had been making music together for 25 years when Zorn's 50th birthday rolled around, so how could that pairing NOT be one of the features of the monthlong celebration at Tonic in September of 2003? They got together for a series of improvised duets on September 15, and the results are stellar. Working together over such a long period of time and in various contexts, both players are intimately familiar with one another. The degree to which they listen to each other, react instantly, and match each other tonally at a moment's notice is truly astonishing and borders on telepathy. Zorn pulls out all the stops: sputtering, bleating, squeaks, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
Fred Frith and John Zorn had been making music together for 25 years when Zorn's 50th birthday rolled around, so how could that pairing NOT be one of the features of the monthlong celebration at Tonic in September of 2003? They got together for a series of improvised duets on September 15, and the results are stellar. Working together over such a long period of time and in various contexts, both players are intimately familiar with one another. The degree to which they listen to each other, react instantly, and match each other tonally at a moment's notice is truly astonishing and borders on telepathy. Zorn pulls out all the stops: sputtering, bleating, squeaks, squeals, skronk, and multiphonics -- every trick in the book. Frith goes from sounding like chimes to sounding like buildings collapsing and everything in between. The interplay is simply amazing. Much of it is what you'd expect from free improv, but there are a handful of beautiful, lyrical moments, like those that close the set. Any fan of free improvisation will be thrilled. It doesn't get much better than this.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/2004
  • Label: Tzadik
  • UPC: 702397500520
  • Catalog Number: 5005

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Off Topic - John Zorn (7:29)
  2. 2 Alecto - John Zorn (3:56)
  3. 3 Sowers of Discord - John Zorn (3:54)
  4. 4 Four Corners - John Zorn (8:14)
  5. 5 Level Six Jumping - John Zorn (4:33)
  6. 6 Cruel Abstraction - John Zorn (6:25)
  7. 7 Eumenides Outside the Window - John Zorn (6:54)
  8. 8 Nine-Part Invention - John Zorn (4:37)
  9. 9 Cord Trouble and Tuning - John Zorn (1:38)
  10. 10 Astrologers and Magicians - John Zorn (6:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fred Frith Primary Artist, Guitar
John Zorn Alto Saxophone
Technical Credits
Fred Frith Composer
John Zorn Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Scott Hull Mastering
Daniel Goldaracena Engineer
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