FilmWorks III: 1990-1995

FilmWorks III: 1990-1995

by John Zorn


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FilmWorks III: 1990-1995

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/18/1997
Label: Tzadik
UPC: 0702397730927
catalogNumber: 7309
Rank: 212365

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
John Zorn   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Jason Baker   Engineer
Tomoyo T.L.   Cover Design
Guido Manuli   Director
Jean Luc Godard   Director

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