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Secret Chiefs 3 Xaphan - Book Of Angels, Vol. 9 album cover
4.12 | 22 ratings | 1 reviews | 41% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2008

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Sheburiel (5:44)
2. Akramachamarei (5:46)
3. Shoel (6:18)
4. Barakiel (5:49)
5. Bezriel (4:37)
6. Kemuel (4:23)
7. Labbiel (4:23)
8. Asron (3:32)
9. Balberith (6:34)
10. Omael (3:57)
11. Hamaya (4:28)

Total Time 55:31

Line-up / Musicians

- Trey Spruance / baritone & electric guitars, organ, piano, synth, autoharp, bass (2,3), percussion, arranger & producer
- Jason Schimmel / guitar
- Jai Young Kim / Hammond B3
- Timb Harris / violin, trumpet
- Elena Doroftei "Anonymous 13" / viola, voice
- Rich Doucette / sarangi
- Shahzad Ismaily / bass
- Ches Smith / drums, congas

- John Zorn / composer, executive producer
- Adam Stacey/ clavinet
- Monica Schley / harp
- Tim Smolens / cello, double bass

Releases information

Compositions from John Zorn's second Masada book, "The Book of Angels"

Artwork: M. Jarrault (19th century, on back cover) with Heung-Heung Chin "Chippy" (design)

CD Tzadik ‎- TZ 7364 (2008, US)

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(41%)
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Review by Warthur
4 stars This isn't the first time Trey Spruance and John Zorn's musical trajectories have crossed - Zorn did in fact help produce the first Mr Bungle album - but this is surely their most intimate collaboration. Xaphan finds Secret Chiefs 3 turning their hands to adapting music from Zorn's Masada books of klezmer-derived compositions; this is, in fact, a conjunction of musical forces which makes perfect sense, since klezmer is one of the musical traditions Secret Chiefs 3 has dabbled with in previous albums. The band's technical abilities and diverse instrumentation ensures that the album distinctly sounds like them, whilst Zorn's compositions provide sufficiently meaty challenges for them to get their teeth into.

Because the compositions are all klezmer-based, Secret Chiefs 3 don't get to branch out into quite as many different musical styles as they do on their other albums, though I'm sure some listeners will consider this to be a good thing: what it lacks in diversity, Xaphan more than makes up for in consistency.

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