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4 stars Third John Zorn's classic Masada album is a great one. Nor is it very different from previous two, but there the music became that essential mix of free jazz and klezmer all Masada's are so well-known. Usual collaborators team (Dave Douglas / trumpet,Greg Cohen / bass,Joey Baron / drums) besides John Zorn on trumpet shows there all the best they could play. Jewish folk melodies (if someone doesn't heard what the klezmer is just imagine hot mix of Eastern European and Balkan folk ,slightly scented with Middle East sounds) are great raw material for excellent free jazz improvisations of excellent jazz musicians. Two trumpets interplays sound as explosions on the back-up support from rhythm section (which is a source of excellent improvs by itself).

John Zorn's Masada has a decades of own history, which continues nowadays. It is perfect entry place to newcomers to Zorn's music and to klezmer jazz as well. Very recommended for everyone interested in world free jazz amalgam. For those familiar with other classic Masada's albums this one is not very different, even if could be placed between best of them.

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