News & Reviews
- Wednesday, May 22, 2013
NPR's All Things Considered: Pat Metheny's "Tap: John Zorn's Book of Angels, Vol. 20" a "Stunningly Vivid Sound World"
Pat Metheny’s recording of John Zorn’s Tap: The Book of Angels, Vol. 20 from Zorn’s Masada Book Two was released yesterday on Nonesuch Records and Tzadik. The album was featured on NPR's All Things Considered last night. "Metheny takes what's on the page and goes to work conjuring," says NPR's Tom Moon. "The result is an ornate, stunningly vivid sound world that neither artist would have found on his own." Listen to the complete All Things Considered review here.
- Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Pat Metheny’s recording of John Zorn’s Tap: The Book of Angels, Vol. 20 from Zorn’s Masada Book Two is out now, their first collaboration. The New York Times calls it "audacious ... an impressive feat of imagination, and a strikingly clear distillation of both artists’ distinctive languages." The Independent says it's "dazzlingly virtuosic and evocative." All About Jazz calls it "a suite of half a dozen cinematic pieces, some of truly epic proportions ... the work of an artist who is doing anything but resting on his considerable laurels and accomplishments."
About this Album
1989 Grammy Award Winner
Metheny’s continued exploration of Brazilian sounds, following Still Life, yielded another Best Jazz Fusion Grammy in 1989. At the time, the Chicago Sun-Times noted, “Few of this year's recordings are as impressive as Metheny's lush Letter … as lucid as it is lyrical.”
Pat Metheny, electric & acoustic guitars, 12-string guitar, soprano guitars, tiple, guitar synths, synclavier
Lyle Mays, piano, organ, keyboards, accordion, trumpet, synclavier
Steve Rodby, acoustic & electric basses
Paul Wertico, drums, caja, additional percussion
Pedro Aznar, voice, acoustic guitar, marimba, vibes, tenor sax, charango, melodica, panpipe, additional percussion
Armando Marçal, percussion
Produced by Pat Metheny
Co-produced by Lyle Mays and Steve Rodby
Associate Producers: David Oakes and Paul Wertico
Recorded Spring 1989, at Power Station, New York, NY
Recorded and mixed by Rob Eaton
Tracks 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11 mixed by Alexander Haas
Assistant Engineer: Bruce Calder
Additional Engineering: Roy Hendrickson
Technical Assistant: Niki Gatos
Project Coordinator: David Sholemson
Originally mastered by Robert Ludwig
Remastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound, New York, NY
All tracks by Pat Metheny, except tracks 5-7 by Pat Metheny / Lyle Mays, track 9 by Lyle Mays, and track 10 by Pedro Azmar. Lyrics for track 8 by Pedro Azmar.
Art and Design” SHEd/Diamond Art Studio
Adapted by 3+Co., New York, NY