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Album Review

Over the years, John Zorn has offered up more projects than one can easily keep track of and you can find both passionate advocates and passionate detractors for almost every one of them. Every one, except perhaps Bar Kokhba. It's the Masada String Trio (Mark Feldman, Erik Friedlander, and Greg Cohen) augmented by Marc Ribot (guitar), Joey Baron (drums), and Cyro Baptista (percussion). Their albums have all been exquisite and their release in the Zorn 50th Birthday series was perhaps the best of that series. Here they are with their first studio recording in over a decade, and their first of Zorn's Masada: Book Two material. Honestly, with this material and these players, you just can't go wrong. There are highlights aplenty, starting with Ribot and Baptistsa on the opening track. Friedlander and Feldman shine on both "Dalquiel" and "Quelamia." Joey Baron tears it up on "Gediel" and does some great brushwork on "Azbugah." The playing all the way around is just fantastic. You could even play this album for your grandmother, something you can't say about much of the rest of the Zorn catalog. Whether you like all his projects or not, John Zorn's output has been of a consistently high quality. Lucifer: Book of Angels, Vol. 10 is among the finest offerings in his discography, and a very accessible one at that.

Customer Reviews

Stick to reviewing Country music Julias

Try listening to the music instead of getting hung up on the album title. Have you been following this series of releases? Book of Angels is the series, so all the albums are named after angels, and love him or hate him, Lucifer was one of the Angels. Sorry about that now to the music. Good stuff, as anyone really interested in John Zorn's work would expect, specially when it is performed by the Bar Kokhba ensemble. I would still say that Vol. 1 of this series, by the Jamie Saft Trio, is still my favorite but Vol. 10 is a welcome edition.

I bought this just because of Julias_Daddy's review.

Everything you have come to expect from Bar Kokhba; Zorn's Masada tunes with the nicest touches of exotica, masterful musicianship, and wonderful production. Assuredly worth picking up.

"Julius Daddy"=Redneck Idiot

I downloaded this at the recommendation of Julius Daddy's enlightened review. Great music here....Amazing what you find when you get behind labels and titles.


Born: September 2, 1953 in New York, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The one word virtually everyone can agree on in any discussion of the work of composer John Zorn is "prolific," in the strictest sense of the definition. Though he didn't begin making records until 1980, the recordings under his own name number well over 100, and the sheer number of works he has performed on, composed, or produced easily doubles that number. Though now an internationally renowned musician and the founder and owner of the wildly successful and equally prolific Tzadik imprint, Zorn...
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