FilmWorks III: 1990-1995

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All Music Guide - Joslyn Layne
The third volume cataloguing John Zorn's film scores is a quality release that offers the scores from two films, a rare piece of music cues that would lead to Cynical Hysterie Hour, and music spots for commercials. First comes the 1993 score for Thieves Quartet, which is warm, solid, smoky jazz written with Miles Davis' Escalator to the Scaffold soundtrack in mind. This score also marks the first recording of the quartet that would later be known as Masada. Combining musicians of the highest caliber and compatibility, this strong first outing gives full indication of the rapport between bassist Greg Cohen, trumpeter Dave Douglas, drummer Joey Baron and Zorn. Guitarist ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Joslyn Layne
The third volume cataloguing John Zorn's film scores is a quality release that offers the scores from two films, a rare piece of music cues that would lead to Cynical Hysterie Hour, and music spots for commercials. First comes the 1993 score for Thieves Quartet, which is warm, solid, smoky jazz written with Miles Davis' Escalator to the Scaffold soundtrack in mind. This score also marks the first recording of the quartet that would later be known as Masada. Combining musicians of the highest caliber and compatibility, this strong first outing gives full indication of the rapport between bassist Greg Cohen, trumpeter Dave Douglas, drummer Joey Baron and Zorn. Guitarist Robert Quine also guests on the closer, "End Titles." The track of music sketches for Japanese cartoonist Kiriko Kubo, "Music for Tsunta nine cues," separates the two film scores. Following this track is the score from 1994, for L.A. filmmaker Mei-Juin Chen's Hollywood Hotel. This recording joins a long, impressive list of Zorn's sax collaborations with electric guitarists that includes Eugene Chadbourne, Henry Kaiser, Derek Bailey, and Keiji Haino. Here is his saxophone duo with exemplary guitarist Marc Ribot; Ribot most often provides fabric and rhythm for Zorn's solos, in addition to his crucial role in a few atmospheric and a few splurtey pieces. The remaining 31 tracks on the album are shorts composed for a commercial advertising firm with which Zorn had an excellent and open working relationship. The musicianship and stylistic range found here is commendable. The reed and brass-less instrumentation varies between tracks, as guitarists Arto Lindsay, Quine, and Ribot provide a strong front, seamlessly relaxed in southwestern and surf.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/18/1997
  • Label: Tzadik
  • UPC: 702397730927
  • Catalog Number: 7309
  • Sales rank: 168,046

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Thieves Quartet: Main Title - Masada (1:00)
  2. 2 Thieves Quartet: The Caper - Masada (0:57)
  3. 3 Thieves Quartet: Cadence - Masada (0:15)
  4. 4 Thieves Quartet: Kidnapping - Masada (2:15)
  5. 5 Thieves Quartet: Doubt - Masada (0:19)
  6. 6 Thieves Quartet: Nocturne - Masada (0:26)
  7. 7 Thieves Quartet: Nocturne 2 - Masada (0:55)
  8. 8 Thieves Quartet: Bag Man - Masada (2:00)
  9. 9 Thieves Quartet: The Cop - Masada (0:27)
  10. 10 Thieves Quartet: Nocturne 3 - Masada (0:55)
  11. 11 Thieves Quartet: Juke Box - Masada (2:45)
  12. 12 Thieves Quartet: End Titles - Masada (4:28)
  13. 13 Music for Tsunta (Nine Cues) (3:31)
  14. 14 Hollywood Hotel: Main Titles (1:36)
  15. 15 Hollywood Hotel: Washing Machine a (0:26)
  16. 16 Hollywood Hotel: Washing Machine B (0:39)
  17. 17 Hollywood Hotel: Night Hotel (1:17)
  18. 18 Hollywood Hotel: Japanese Tourists (1:54)
  19. 19 Hollywood Hotel: Night Hotel 2 (1:18)
  20. 20 Hollywood Hotel: Objects (3:16)
  21. 21 Hollywood Hotel: Night Hotel 3 (1:00)
  22. 22 Hollywood Hotel: Rooftop Death Rattle (0:59)
  23. 23 Hollywood Hotel: Taiwan (3:48)
  24. 24 Hollywood Hotel: End Titles (1:50)
  25. 25 Holland (0:16)
  26. 26 Canada (0:31)
  27. 27 France (0:16)
  28. 28 Germany (0:33)
  29. 29 Sweden (0:30)
  30. 30 U.S.A. (0:28)
  31. 31 Canada 2 (0:30)
  32. 32 Sweden 2 (0:15)
  33. 33 Italy (0:14)
  34. 34 Great Lobby (0:33)
  35. 35 Wheelchair Races (0:42)
  36. 36 Logo (0:14)
  37. 37 Secret Code (0:34)
  38. 38 Secret Code 2 (0:34)
  39. 39 Don't Break (0:40)
  40. 40 Don't Break 2 (1:09)
  41. 41 Footnotes (0:35)
  42. 42 Footnotes 2 (1:10)
  43. 43 Retraction (0:41)
  44. 44 Retraction 2 (1:15)
  45. 45 Protest (0:39)
  46. 46 Protest 2 (1:13)
  47. 47 Launch (0:42)
  48. 48 Launch 2 (1:14)
  49. 49 Elevator (0:40)
  50. 50 Elevator 2 (1:09)
  51. 51 Fiancé (0:39)
  52. 52 Fiancé 2 (1:13)
  53. 53 Around the World (1:06)
  54. 54 Batman (0:32)
  55. 55 Abstract Woman (0:35)
  56. 56 Mystic Woman (0:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Zorn Primary Artist, Piano, Alto Saxophone
Robert Quine Guitar, Track Performer
Bill Laswell Bass
Marc Ribot Banjo, Guitar, Track Performer
Arto Lindsay Guitar, Vocals, Voices
Joey Baron Drums
Anthony Coleman Organ, Keyboards
Guy Klucevsek Accordion
David Shea Keyboards, Turntables, Vocals, Voices, Sampling
Christian Marclay Turntables
Cyro Baptista Percussion, Vocals, Voices
Greg Cohen Bass
Dave Douglas Trumpet
Kermit Driscoll Bass
Bill Frisell Banjo, Guitar
Miguel Frasconi Glass Harmonica
Erik Friedlander Cello
Dave Hofstra Bass, Tuba
Jill Jaffe Viola
Bobby Previte Percussion, Drums
Peter Scherer Keyboards
Carol Emanuel Harp
Keith Underwood Flute
Sim Cain Drums
Chris Wood Bass
Technical Credits
Brooks Williams Engineer
Ikue Mori drum machine
Allan Tucker Mastering
John Zorn Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
Jason Baker Engineer
Jean-Luc Godard Director
Tomoyo T.L. Cover Design
Guido Manuli Director
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