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4 stars John Zorn's Masada is a long lasting free jazz and klezmer mix based project. Some like their first series (original Masada albums, John Zorn & Co. original line up and NY downtown free jazz+ klezmer emotional tunes), many afraid of too big influence of avant jazz on later recordings (played by different musicians, but based on Masada's material).

I agree there is some truth in such opinion, especially for newcomers. Happily, this excellent avant guitarist Marc Ribot album is different. Being one of Masada Book Two (Book Of Angels) release, this music has its roots in Masada. But in fact, you can listen there avant power trio (with great bassist Trevor Dunn on board), playing electrified jazz fusion,very close to your usual jazz rock.

Marc Ribot's guitar is heavy, screaming and scratching, often close to shredding, but melodic and melancholic Masada tunes give to all music structure and compositional finishing. Main accent is put on atmosphere, emotions, not on technical superiority, so music is very alive and attractive. There are only few real "free jazz" moments, and in whole this album could really be listen by wide auditory - from heavy instrumental rock fans to electrified jazz rock lovers to NY downtown sound maniacs.

Really recommended! For many fans it could be really accessible and attractive step to avant territory without big risk to be disappointed!

My rating is 4+!

snobb | 4/5 |


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