Parachute Years, 1977-1980

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All Music Guide - Joslyn Layne
The Parachute Years is a seven-CD box of John Zorn's first self-produced recordings, including his systems for structured improvisation based on games namely "Lacrosse," "Hockey," "Pool," and "Archery", as well as over two hours of previously unreleased outtakes, rehearsals, etc. Zorn first began developing his game-based ideas in 1974, inspired by the works of such modern composers as Braxton, Kagel, Stockhausen, and Wolff. Two discs worth of "Lacrosse" are here: the first from June 1978 offers six takes ranging from six to 20 minutes in length performed by Zorn, Mark Abbott, Polly Bradfield, Eugene Chadbourne, and LaDonna Smith; the second presents the original ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Joslyn Layne
The Parachute Years is a seven-CD box of John Zorn's first self-produced recordings, including his systems for structured improvisation based on games namely "Lacrosse," "Hockey," "Pool," and "Archery", as well as over two hours of previously unreleased outtakes, rehearsals, etc. Zorn first began developing his game-based ideas in 1974, inspired by the works of such modern composers as Braxton, Kagel, Stockhausen, and Wolff. Two discs worth of "Lacrosse" are here: the first from June 1978 offers six takes ranging from six to 20 minutes in length performed by Zorn, Mark Abbott, Polly Bradfield, Eugene Chadbourne, and LaDonna Smith; the second presents the original "Lacrosse" recording from one year earlier featuring Zorn, Chadbourne, Henry Kaiser, and Bruce Ackley. Next comes a single disc of "Hockey." Two lineups offer their interpretations: first, there are four electric takes 1978 by Chadbourne, Wayne Horvitz, and Bob Ostertag; these are followed by 13 acoustic interpretations by Bradfield, Zorn, and Mark E. Miller. "Pool" was written in March 1979, and the recording included here took place one year later with musicians Zorn, Bradfield, Ostertag, Miller, and Charles K. Noyes, with prompter Lesli Dalaba. The three CDs of "Archery" one of which is all rehearsals document a 12-piece ensemble organized in 1981 and consisting of Robert Dick, George Lewis, Anthony Coleman, Kramer, Bill Laswell, Tom Cora, David Moss, Wayne and Bill Horvitz, Chadbourne, Bradfield, and Zorn. This box set is for dedicated fans already intrigued by the early annals of Zorn and his musical game theories. However, Zorn skeptics and listeners with less patience for theory or history should definitely avoid The Parachute Years. This set will not win anyone over; nor will the theories become more clear upon listening. The recordings in The Parachute Years helped the participants -- inspired and creative musicians, all -- to grow, but they also have more historical value than listening interest.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/1997
  • Label: Tzadik
  • UPC: 702397731627
  • Catalog Number: 7316

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Zorn Primary Artist, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Voices
Eugene Chadbourne Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Electric Guitar, 12-string Guitar, tiple
Henry Kaiser Electric Guitar
Robert Dick Flute, Bass Flute, Piccolo, Voices
David Moss Cymbals, Drums, Voices, Steel Drums, Hammered Dulcimer
Bill Laswell Bass
George Lewis Tenor Trombone
Tom Cora Cello
Charles K. Noyes Percussion, Saw
Anthony Coleman Organ, Electric Piano
Bob Ostertag electronics
Bruce Ackley Soprano Saxophone
Polly Bradfield Violin, Viola, Electric Violin
Wayne Horvitz Harmonica, Piano, Electronic Sounds, Tape, farfisa organ
Bill Horvitz Electric Guitar
Mark Kramer Organ, Synthesizer, Tape
Davey Williams Banjo, Guitar (Electric Hollow Body)
Mark Abbott electronics
Technical Credits
Martin Bisi Engineer
Eugene Chadbourne Liner Notes
Bill Laswell Contributor
Michael Lytle Engineer
Bruce Ackley Liner Notes
Mark Kramer Contributor
Mark Smith Prompter
Allan Tucker Mastering
John Zorn Producer, Liner Notes
Lesli Dalaba Prompter
Alan Fierstein Engineer
Mark Abbott Contributor
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