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The Perfect Soundtrack for Being Trapped in an Airport

I am not the world's biggest Zorn fan, so don't take this as some deluded Zornite's ravings. He can be astoundingly pretentious, and often too theoretical for his own good. Spy vs Spy is a timeless classic, though. I fell in love with it while trapped in the airport in Denver for three days, waiting for a connecting flight... another story. Those three days of Spy vs Spy lef tme with a lifetime of joyful memories, and my first understanding of why Ornette is such a musical visionary. If you, like me, come to jazz from indie rock, hardcore, or just loud rock, this is a great introduction to how powerful and melodic jazz can be. Do the songs sound the same, as the previous reviewer wrote? Well, sure, just like all Bach sonatas sound the same if you only listen once. Download this sucker and go camp out in an airport for a while! Your ears will thank you.

Creative excitement!!

This album is an explosive tribute to one of jazz's greatest innovators. Zorn uses visceral force and hardcore punk tinged attitude to push Coleman's music in a new direction, hopefully shocking folks much the same way Ornette did in his day. Enjoy!


I like some of the Zorn collaborations. I like Joey Baron when he drums with Naked City and Moonchild. I am never a big fan of Zorn's sax playing. I bought this album for the Mark Beyer cover. I didn't have the heart to sell it back. Every once in a while I will put it on to see if I changed my mind. I never do.


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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