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- 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
Metheny works in a quartet lineup for this acoustic set, which, says the Boston Herald, “ranges from the dreamy, New Age guitar style Metheny practically invented to the free jazz that has long been a part of his arsenal.”
Pat Metheny, acoustic and electric guitars, 12-string guitar, 42-string pikasso guitar, e-bows and slide, soprano guitars, fretless guitar, guitar synth
Lyle Mays, piano, non-tuned spinet piano, celeste, pedal harmonium, autoharps, electric piano, clavinet
Steve Rodby, acoustic bass, piccolo bass
Paul Wertico, drums, percussion
Produced by Pat Metheny
Co-produced by Lyle Mays and Steve Rodby
Associate Producer: David Oakes
Recorded and mixed by Rob Eaton
Assistant Engineer: Joe Lizzi
Technical Coordination: David Oakes
Recorded May 1996 at Right Track Studio, New York, NY
Originally mastered and remastered for the reissue by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound
Tracks 1, 2, 5, 9, 10, 14, 15 composed by Metheny; tracks 6, 8, 12 by Mays; tracks 4, 13 by Metheny, Mays; tracks 3, 7, 11 by Metheny, Mays, Rodby, Wertico.
Art Direction: Greenberg Kingsley/NYC
Adapted by 3+Co.
Studio photos by David Cantori, Latifa Azhar