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INTERZONE

John Zorn

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4.57 | 10 ratings | 3 reviews | 44% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2010

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1. Interzone-1 (15:20)
2. Interzone-2 (27:37)
3. Interzone-3 (11:21)



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Line-up / Musicians

Cyro Baptista Percussion
Trevor Dunn Bass
John Medeski Keyboards
Ikue Mori Electronics
Marc Ribot Banjo, Cumbus, Guitar, Sitar
Kenny Wollesen Chimes, Drums, Percussion, Tympani [Timpani], Vibraphone
John Zorn Arranger, Composer, Conductor, Producer, Saxophone



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CD Tzadik 7387

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JOHN ZORN Interzone ratings distribution


4.57
(10 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(44%)
44%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(44%)
44%
Good, but non-essential (11%)
11%
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Review by snobb
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5 stars John Zorn's tribute to William Burroughs - just three long compositions, played by Zorn's all- stars band, his best ever collaborators, including keabordist 'ohn Medeski,guitarist Marc Ribot and bassist Trevor Dunn, between others.

Music there is just collage of the best Zorn learned during his long career: free/avant jazz based, it mixes his movies' soundtrack themes, almost metal hardcore, electronic avant garde, contemporary classic and many other elements.

Excellent thing with this album is music being quite complex and very eclectic by origin, is mixed in very organic and even quite accessible mix.Being chaotic, nothing there sounds like this; being quite radical by it's nature, it sounds as well balanced intelligent complex but quite pleasant recording.

These three compositions could be used as great soundtrack to Burroughs themes, but at the same time have such rich content themselves, that don't need any video component to be listened with big interest.

With my love to Burroughs world and Zorn's sound, this album is one of best Zorn's releases from some last years, and really one of the best avant prog album, released in 2010.

My rating is 4,5, rounded to 5.

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Send comments to snobb (BETA) | Report this review (#359697) | Review Permalink
Posted Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Review by Starhammer
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5 stars .....

John Zorn's homage to postmodern writers William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin.

The Good: Bombastic acid drenched, wire wool intro. Morrocan marketplace. The filthiest bassline of all time. Psycho squared. Den of the lotus eaters. Spontaneous deluge. The mouse that missed his bus. Home and dry. The walls are closing in. Mingus breakdown. Toxic wasteland. The hour is nigh. Massacre. Revenge of the Archaeopteryx. Not in my house. Carlos joins the party. The clock shop. Anyone at home? O'o reprise (the joyful one). March of the gargoyles. Code: Red, Sector: Z for Zoetic haybales. O'o reprise (the sombre one). Something watery this way comes. Dude! We just finished Blood of the Snake. Ruckus with Passion. Interstellar conversation. Wolfman brushes his teeth. The Beast approaches. Thelonious the puppet master. The Mystic Circus of Meg. Latin corkscrew.

The Bad: The bit where the telephone gets unplugged. That hurt my ears.

The Verdict: Infinite dream and infinite nightmares. Perhaps, the ultimate trip.

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Posted Sunday, June 12, 2011

Review by Anthony H.
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4 stars John Zorn: Interzone [2010]

Rating: 7/10

Interzone is one of the toughest nuts to crack in John Zorn's discography. If one word could fittingly describe the incalculably diverse range of music that Zorn has released, "challenging" would probably be it. This 2010 release is not the densest album he has ever done, nor is it the least accessible. However, it may be the most difficult to figure out. This three-part piece was conceived as a tribute to William S. Burroughs, so it's obvious that normal compositional structure was thrown out the window here. Interzone is a lengthy collage of nearly every genre that Zorn has ever touched on, and each style is executed with precision.

Much of Zorn's work often features what I call "stop/start composition." Smooth transitions are often discarded in favor of disharmonious juxtaposition of sonic opposites. This is probably my least favorite characteristic of Zorn's music; I find it to be an immature and lazy way of composing that favors an "avant-garde for the sake of avant-garde" approach. It's a major reason why I dislike many of his classical pieces. This compositional style is displayed in full force on Interzone, but strangely enough, it actually works here. The music rapidly shifts from avant-jazz to metal to ambient to tribal music to classical to melodic jazz and so forth, but it all manages to sound totally natural. This bizarre avant-garde stew is difficult to label, a quality that manages to be a strength rather than a weakness. This is Zorn-style genre-busting at its best.

Interzone is one of Zorn's strongest albums. There are some unforgettable moments here. However, some sections don't live up to others. A few movements drag on to the point of monotony, particularly the more minimalistic ones. Regardless, this is still a strong piece of work that even Zorn skeptics should be able to appreciate. In fact, this may be a sensible place for unfamiliar prog fans to start with Zorn. Interzone is an avant-rock monolith.

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