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Spillane

Spillane

by John Zorn
     
 
Using his "file card" technique to create the title piece "Spillane" (whereby musical ideas written on note cards form the basis for discreet sound blocks arranged by way of a unifying theme), John Zorn forges an impressionistic narrative out of stretches of live-music jazz, blues, country, lounge, thrash, etc., and a variety of samples and spoken dialogue inspired by

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Using his "file card" technique to create the title piece "Spillane" (whereby musical ideas written on note cards form the basis for discreet sound blocks arranged by way of a unifying theme), John Zorn forges an impressionistic narrative out of stretches of live-music jazz, blues, country, lounge, thrash, etc., and a variety of samples and spoken dialogue inspired by Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer detective novels (recited by John Lurie). Like he did on his Ennio Morricone tribute The Big Gundown, here Zorn blends a disparate array of sound sketches into a pleasing, if not especially determinate or always logical whole. (In his self-penned and expansive liner notes, Zorn says that the text and his overall conceptual take on Mickey Spillane's work form the thematic structure of this piece.) Clarity aside, "Spillane" comes off as an exciting and atmospheric evocation of the clipped prose, seedy dives, and back alleys found in hard-boiled Spillane books like Kiss Me, Deadly. Sticking to the disc's tribute theme, Zorn uses Japanese actor Yujiro Ishihara as the inspiration for "Forbidden Fruit." Working with the Kronos Quartet, turntablist Christian Marclay, and Japanese vocalist Ohta Hiromi, Zorn concocts an exotically frenetic, atonal cut-up piece to evoke the actor's films from the '50s. And bringing things back home, so to speak, Zorn features Texas blues guitarist Albert Collins on the lengthy and slightly abstract blues jam "Two Lane Highway." Helping "The Iceman" out are organist Big John Patton, bassist Melvin Gibbs, and drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson, among others. In addition to these veterans of past Zorn recordings, the likes of keyboard player Anthony Coleman, guitarist Bill Frisell, and drummer Bobby Previte contribute to the Spillane disc as well. Spillane is not only one of the highlights in Zorn's catalog, but also makes for a fine introduction to the composer's vast body of work.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/1991
Label:
Nonesuch
UPC:
0075597917222
catalogNumber:
79172

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Performance Credits

John Zorn   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Jim Staley   Trombone
Robert Quine   Guitar,Voices
Albert Collins   Guitar,Voices
Kronos Quartet   Strings
Anthony Coleman   Organ,Piano,Celeste
Ronald Shannon Jackson   Drums
Christian Marclay   Turntables
Hank Dutt   Viola
Bill Frisell   Guitar
Melvin Gibbs   Bass
David Harrington   Violin
Ohta Hiromi   Voices
Dave Hofstra   Bass,Tuba
Wayne Horvitz   Piano,Keyboards
Joan Jeanrenaud   Cello
John Lurie   Voices
Big John Patton   Organ
Bobby Previte   Percussion,Drums
John Sherba   Violin
Carol Emanuel   Harp
David Weinstein   Celeste,Sampling
D. Shigley   Guitar,Voices

Technical Credits

Bob James   Contributor
Arto Lindsay   Lyricist
David Breskin   Producer
Robert Hurwitz   Executive Producer
John Zorn   Arranger,Composer
Carin Goldberg   Art Direction

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