Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography


Fred Frith


From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Fred Frith 50th Birthday Celebration Volume 5: Fred Frith / John Zorn album cover
2.56 | 5 ratings | 2 reviews | 20% 5 stars

Write a review
from partners
Live, released in 2004

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Off Topic (7:29)
2. Alecto (3:56)
3. Sowers Of Discord (3:54)
4. Four Corners (8:14)
5. Level Six Jumping (4:33)
6. Cruel Abstraction (6:25)
7. Eumenides Outside The Window (6:54)
8. Nine-Part Invention (4:37)
9. Cord Trouble And Tuning (1:38)
10. Astrologers And Magicians (6:32)

Total Time: 54:12


Search FRED FRITH 50th Birthday Celebration Volume 5: Fred Frith / John Zorn lyrics

Music tabs (tablatures)

Search FRED FRITH 50th Birthday Celebration Volume 5: Fred Frith / John Zorn tabs

Line-up / Musicians

- Fred Frith / guitars
- John Zorn / alto saxophone

Releases information

CD Tzadik (TZ 5005), Jul 2004

Thanks to Joren for the addition
and to Anthony H. for the last updates
Edit this entry

FRED FRITH MP3, Free Download (music stream)

Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s
No MP3/Stream available for this artist.
Collaborate with, learn how to submit new MP3s.

Buy FRED FRITH 50th Birthday Celebration Volume 5: Fred Frith / John Zorn Music

No release results - showing artist results instead
With Enemies Like TheseWith Enemies Like These
Sst Records 1990
Audio CD$14.03
$4.30 (used)
Happy End ProblemHappy End Problem
Rer USA 2007
Audio CD$10.95
$9.85 (used)
Frith / DonedaFrith / Doneda
Vand'oeuvre 2015
Audio CD$11.26
$11.25 (used)
Rivers and TidesRivers and Tides
Winter & Winter 2003
Audio CD$11.91
$6.66 (used)
Fred Records 2002
Audio CD$11.36
$11.35 (used)
Step Across The Border: Music For The FilmStep Across The Border: Music For The Film
East Side Digital 1990
Audio CD$10.00
$7.49 (used)

More places to buy FRED FRITH music online Buy FRED FRITH & Prog Rock Digital Music online:

FRED FRITH 50th Birthday Celebration Volume 5: Fred Frith / John Zorn ratings distribution

(5 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(20%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(0%)
Good, but non-essential (40%)
Collectors/fans only (40%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

FRED FRITH 50th Birthday Celebration Volume 5: Fred Frith / John Zorn reviews

Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by Slartibartfast
2 stars I guess you had to be there.

Sounds like crazy Zorn strangling his horn with atmospheric Fred sodomizing an electric guitar (thanks to Dali for inspiring the Frith comment). I didn't have any Zorn in collection, that I know of, but have long been a term Frith fan. I've read some good things about Zorn, so I thought "this could be interesting" and ordered it without hearing it first. Yikes! Well, now that I've heard it, I guess my opinion is now "this could be interesting".

Actually, the more melodic parts, and there are a few, sort of remind me of some of Mel Collins era King Crimson. And speaking of Crimson, this is a more enjoyable listen than Thrakattak, which probably isn't saying much. It's a live show of the duo doing improvisations and some of the track titles are particularly apt for the music contained within: Off Topic, Cruel Abstraction, and let's not even mention Cord Trouble And Tuning.

Well, the audience certainly seemed to enjoy the show and judging from the applause I hear after each track, I don't think too many of them ran away in terror. Either they knew what they were getting into or were very brave souls indeed. This music is not for the faint of heart. Might be useful in keeping you up if you're driving late at night if doesn't cause you to run off the road.

Review by snobb
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars One more live album from Zorn's 50-th anniversary series. All series releases illustrate different sides of Zorn's music during decades of his activities. And all releases are very different.

This one, John Zorn and ex- Henry Cow, Massacre guitarist and Naked City bassist Fred Frith duo is free form avant jazz. Pure improvisational music without structure, fixed form and rhythm section at all. Just crazy Zorn's screaming sax and strange aerial, sometimes fast Frith guitars. Nothing else. As you understand yet no melodies for sure.

Free music in free space. How many people could enjoy such music? 0,00001% of Earth population? I think possibly 0,00001% of music fans. Is this music so bad? Don't think so. How many people can enjoy Malevich paintings? Far not everyone. But he's a great painter, isn't it?

This album could be interesting for free jazz fans. Not like it's a free jazz masterpiece, but it's interesting to listen two really great musicians in their live free form improvs.

Music lovers believing that right music should have structure, orchestral arrangements and melody should avoid this album even as free gift. Newcomers to free avant jazz should start in other place as well just to avoid first unpleasant experience.

My rating is 2,5 rounded to 3.

Latest members reviews

No review or rating for the moment | Submit a review

Post a review of FRED FRITH "50th Birthday Celebration Volume 5: Fred Frith / John Zorn"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.


As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives