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Bar Kokhba

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All Music Guide - Marc Gilman
Bar Kokhba encompasses the wealth of material John Zorn has composed with his eminent quartet Masada. The album is a collection of Masada songs that have been rearranged for chamber ensembles. For this effort, Zorn enlists some of New York's finest musicians: John Medeski, Marc Ribot, Anthony Coleman, and Erik Freedlander, among others. The compositions range from groups of four to solo performances by Ribot, Medeski, and Coleman. While some compositions retain their original structure and sound, some are expanded and probed by Zorn's arrangements, and resemble avant-garde classical music more than jazz. But this is the beauty of the album; the ensembles provide a forum for...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Marc Gilman
Bar Kokhba encompasses the wealth of material John Zorn has composed with his eminent quartet Masada. The album is a collection of Masada songs that have been rearranged for chamber ensembles. For this effort, Zorn enlists some of New York's finest musicians: John Medeski, Marc Ribot, Anthony Coleman, and Erik Freedlander, among others. The compositions range from groups of four to solo performances by Ribot, Medeski, and Coleman. While some compositions retain their original structure and sound, some are expanded and probed by Zorn's arrangements, and resemble avant-garde classical music more than jazz. But this is the beauty of the album; the ensembles provide a forum for Zorn to expand his compositions. The album consistently impresses, and the highlights include "Gevurah," "Paran," and "Mochin." Zorn's genius as both songwriter and arranger are evidenced, and the recording sits well among the traditional Masada material.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/20/1996
  • Label: Tzadik
  • UPC: 702397710820
  • Catalog Number: 7108
  • Sales rank: 54,583

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gevurah (6:55)
  2. 2 Nezikin (1:51)
  3. 3 Mahshav (4:33)
  4. 4 Rokhev (3:10)
  5. 5 Abidan (5:19)
  6. 6 Sheloshim (5:03)
  7. 7 Hath-Arob (2:25)
  8. 8 Paran (4:48)
  9. 9 Mahlah (7:48)
  10. 10 Socoh (4:07)
  11. 11 Yechida (8:24)
  12. 12 Bikkurim (3:25)
  13. 13 Idalah-Abal (5:04)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Tannaim (4:39)
  2. 2 Nefesh (3:33)
  3. 3 Abidan (3:13)
  4. 4 Mo'Ed (4:59)
  5. 5 Maskil (4:41)
  6. 6 Mishpatim (6:46)
  7. 7 Sansanah (6:56)
  8. 8 Shear-Jashub (2:06)
  9. 9 Mahshav (4:50)
  10. 10 Sheloshim (6:45)
  11. 11 Mochin (13:11)
  12. 12 Karaim (3:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bar Kokhba Primary Artist, Group
John Zorn Indexed Contributor
Mark Dresser Bass
Marc Ribot Guitar
Anthony Coleman Piano
Greg Cohen Bass
Dave Douglas Trumpet
Mark Feldman Violin
Erik Friedlander Cello
David Krakauer Clarinet
John Medeski Organ, Piano
Chris Speed Clarinet
Kenny Wollesen Drums
Technical Credits
Jon Rosenberg Engineer
Allan Tucker Mastering
John Zorn Producer
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