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John Zorn Spy Vs. Spy: The Music Of Ornette Coleman album cover
3.21 | 25 ratings | 3 reviews | 20% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1988

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. WRU (2:42)
2. Chronology (1:05)
3. Word For Bird (1:14)
4. Good Old Days (2:46)
5. The Disguise (1:19)
6. Enfant (2:37)
7. Rejoicing (1:40)
8. Blues Connotation (1:06)
9. C&D (3:07)
10. Chippie (1:09)
11. Peace Warriors (1:23)
12. Ecars (2:29)
13. Feet Music (4:47)
14. Broadway Blues (3:45)
15. Space Church (2:29)
16. Zig Zag (2:57)
17. Mob Job (4:26)

Total Time: 41:04

Line-up / Musicians

- John Zorn / alto saxophone
- Tim Berne / alto saxophone
- Mark Dresser / bass
- Joey Baron / drums
- Michael Vatcher / drums

Releases information

CD : Nonesuch 60844-2 (US),Elektra Musician 960 844-2 (Europe,1989)

LP: Elektra Musician 960 844-1 (Germany,1989)

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JOHN ZORN Spy Vs. Spy: The Music Of Ornette Coleman ratings distribution

(25 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(20%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(40%)
Good, but non-essential (28%)
Collectors/fans only (8%)
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Review by snobb
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3 stars John Zorn plays as part of quintet with two drummers, bassist and altoist. The material is Ornette Coleman's compositions in chronological order ( from 1958 t0 1987).

All compositions are shortened till 2-3 minutes brutal energetic free jazz/avant pieces. From very beginning sounds a bit shocking, but has usual Zorn's atmosphere. The problem is that all pieces are short and of more or less same rhythm ( and all are driven by crazy drive and enormous energetic). So very soon you will become tired, or possibly bored by them.

Interesting album for researchers, but as whole work could attract very limited listeners.

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5 stars Review n 208 John Zorn - Spy Vs. Spy: The Music Of Ornette Coleman The shape of grind to come. As a saxophone player, I'm a fan of both Ornette Coleman and John Zorn. Ornette and Zorn shares too much with themselves. They were innovators in music and alto sax, sometimes (most of) peopl ... (read more)

Report this review (#1134777) | Posted by VOTOMS | Friday, February 21, 2014 | Review Permanlink

2 stars Picking Up the Tab For Free Jazz How do you describe the taste of chicken if you don't like chicken? Some would say you shouldn't by virtue of being deemed a closet vegetarian. Others would say by being objective i.e as if by some other worldly journalistic conceit you were able to inhabit the ... (read more)

Report this review (#263263) | Posted by ExittheLemming | Friday, January 29, 2010 | Review Permanlink

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