The Big Gundown: John Zorn Plays the Music of Ennio Morricone (15th Anniversary Edition

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
On this intriguing concept album, altoist John Zorn who also "sings" and plays harpsichord, game calls, piano, and musical saw utilizes an odd assortment of open-minded avant-garde players with a couple of ringers on nine themes originally written for Italian films by Ennio Morricone, plus his own "Tre Nel 5000." These often-radical interpretations which Morricone endorsed keep the melodies in mind while getting very adventurous. Among the musicians heard on the colorful and very eccentric set which utilizes different personnel and instrumentation on each track are guitarists Bill Frisell and Vernon Reid, percussionist Bobby Previte, keyboardist Anthony Coleman, altoist Tim...
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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
On this intriguing concept album, altoist John Zorn who also "sings" and plays harpsichord, game calls, piano, and musical saw utilizes an odd assortment of open-minded avant-garde players with a couple of ringers on nine themes originally written for Italian films by Ennio Morricone, plus his own "Tre Nel 5000." These often-radical interpretations which Morricone endorsed keep the melodies in mind while getting very adventurous. Among the musicians heard on the colorful and very eccentric set which utilizes different personnel and instrumentation on each track are guitarists Bill Frisell and Vernon Reid, percussionist Bobby Previte, keyboardist Anthony Coleman, altoist Tim Berne, pianist Wayne Horvitz, organist Big John Patton, and even Toots Thielemans on harmonica and whistling among many others. There are certainly no dull moments on this often-riotous program.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/22/2000
  • Label: Tzadik
  • UPC: 702397732822
  • Catalog Number: 7328
  • Sales rank: 46,258

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Zorn Primary Artist, Piano, Conductor, Harpsichord, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Vocals, Voices, Saw
Jim Staley Trombone, Bass Trombone
Diamanda Galás Vocals
Robert Quine Electric Guitar
Derek Bailey Guitar
Tim Berne Alto Saxophone
Bob James Tape
Marc Ribot Guitar
Ned Rothenberg Shakuhachi, Jew's Harp, Ocarina
Arto Lindsay Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Batucada
Joey Baron Drums
Anthony Coleman Organ, Piano, Harpsichord, Keyboards, Vocals
Guy Klucevsek Accordion
Christian Marclay Turntables
Orvin Aquart Harmonica
Cyro Baptista Percussion, Culca, Cuica
Ciro Batista Culca, Cuica
Vicki Bodner English Horn, Oboe
Polly Bradfield Violin
Greg Cohen Bass
Trevor Dunn Bass
Carol Emmanuel Harpsichord
Mark Feldman Violin
Reinaldo Fernandes Repique
Anton Fier Drums
Fred Frith Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Bill Frisell Guitar, Electric Guitar
Duduka Da Fonseca Percussion, Caixa
Erik Friedlander Cello
Melvin Gibbs Electric Bass, Bass Guitar
Jody Harris Guitar, Electric Guitar
Shelley Hirsch Vocals
Wayne Horvitz Organ, Piano, Celeste, Keyboards
Big John Patton Organ
Bobby Previte Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Timpani
Vernon Reid Electric Guitar
Luli Shioi Vocals, Voices
Claudio Silva Pandeiro
Jorge Silva Surdo
Toots Thielemans Harmonica, Human Whistle, Whistle (Instrument)
Carol Emanuel Harp
David Weinstein Synthesizer, Sampled Keyboards
Laura Biscotto Vocals
Jamie Saft Keyboards
Miho Hatori Voices
Mark E. Miller Drums, Timpani
Technical Credits
Martin Bisi Engineer
Bob James Contributor
Arto Lindsay Contributor
David Bither Liner Notes
Yale Evelev Producer
Tom Gartland Engineer
Don Hunerberg Engineer
Ennio Morricone Composer
Robert Musso Engineer
Hahn Rowe Engineer
Allan Tucker Mastering
John Zorn Arranger, Producer, Contributor, Executive Producer, Audio Production
David Weinstein Contributor
Jamie Saft Engineer
Satoh Michihiro Contributor
David Baker Engineer
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