The Circle Maker

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All Music Guide - Joslyn Layne
This two-disc release captures beautiful and refined music that makes full use of two ensembles' extraordinary musicianship. Drawing from John Zorn's Masada songbook are the Masada String Trio and the Bar Kokhba Sextet. Each ensemble fills one CD with beautiful chamber jazz woven around a heart of Jewish melodies. Zorn skeptics will find the superb and elegant music on The Circle Maker surprisingly stable and accessible. This is a fitting successor to the other Masada works that Zorn doesn't actually perform on -- the first Masada chamber project, Bar Kokhba, and Film Works, Vol. 8, whose recording session wrapped up weeks before this weekend date of December 1997. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Joslyn Layne
This two-disc release captures beautiful and refined music that makes full use of two ensembles' extraordinary musicianship. Drawing from John Zorn's Masada songbook are the Masada String Trio and the Bar Kokhba Sextet. Each ensemble fills one CD with beautiful chamber jazz woven around a heart of Jewish melodies. Zorn skeptics will find the superb and elegant music on The Circle Maker surprisingly stable and accessible. This is a fitting successor to the other Masada works that Zorn doesn't actually perform on -- the first Masada chamber project, Bar Kokhba, and Film Works, Vol. 8, whose recording session wrapped up weeks before this weekend date of December 1997. Issachar is the name of the disc on which bassist Greg Cohen, cellist Erik Friedlander, and violinist Mark Feldman perform. Zevulun features the Bar Kokhba Sextet: the Masada String Trio plus drummer Joey Baron, percussionist Cyro Baptista, and guitarist Marc Ribot. All of these musicians are accomplished in jazz and improvised music, and have performed extensively in world and/or classical settings as well. The Circle Maker is a very necessary recording for all appreciators of chamber jazz, new Jewish music, or any of these stellar musicians.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/17/1998
  • Label: Tzadik
  • UPC: 702397712220
  • Catalog Number: 7122
  • Sales rank: 67,509

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tahah (2:30)
  2. 2 Sippur (3:24)
  3. 3 Karet (1:21)
  4. 4 Hadasha (5:36)
  5. 5 Taharah (5:36)
  6. 6 Mispar (2:47)
  7. 7 Ratzah (4:36)
  8. 8 Zebdi (1:51)
  9. 9 Yatzah (8:14)
  10. 10 Malkhut (1:57)
  11. 11 Hodaah (3:49)
  12. 12 Elilah (3:21)
  13. 13 Meholalot (4:54)
  14. 14 Kochot (4:58)
  15. 15 Lachish (1:30)
  16. 16 Shidim (4:32)
  17. 17 Aravot (2:58)
  18. 18 Moshav (5:06)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Lilin - Bar Kokhba (6:58)
  2. 2 Hazor - Bar Kokhba (4:45)
  3. 3 Kisofim - Bar Kokhba (7:23)
  4. 4 Khebar - Bar Kokhba (4:54)
  5. 5 Laylah - Bar Kokhba (2:57)
  6. 6 Teli - Bar Kokhba (4:14)
  7. 7 Tevel - Bar Kokhba (4:27)
  8. 8 Eitan - Bar Kokhba (2:02)
  9. 9 Ner Tamid - Bar Kokhba (2:38)
  10. 10 Idalah-Abal - Bar Kokhba (7:41)
  11. 11 Gevurah - Bar Kokhba (6:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Zorn Primary Artist
Marc Ribot Guitar
Joey Baron Drums
Cyro Baptista Percussion
Greg Cohen Bass, Double Bass
Mark Feldman Violin
Erik Friedlander Cello
Greg Cohan Bass
Masada String Trio Group, Ensemble
Bar Kokhba Group, Ensemble
Technical Credits
Jim Anderson Engineer
Kazunori Sugiyama Producer
Allan Tucker Mastering
John Zorn Producer, Contributor
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