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Pat Metheny’s Recording of John Zorn’s "Tap: The Book of Angels, Vol. 20" Out Now

  • Tuesday, May 21, 2013
    Pat Metheny’s Recording of John Zorn’s "Tap: The Book of Angels, Vol. 20" Out Now

    Today marks the release of guitarist Pat Metheny’s recording of John Zorn’s Tap: The Book of Angels, Vol. 20 from Zorn’s Masada Book Two on Nonesuch Records and Tzadik. This album is the first collaboration between the two artists, considered among their generation’s most innovative musicians. Besides his frequent collaborator, drummer Antonio Sanchez, Metheny plays all other instruments—guitars, sitar, tiples, bass, keyboards, orchestrionics, electronics, bandoneón, percussion, flugelhorn, and more—himself. To pick up a copy, visit your local record store or head to iTunes or the Nonesuch Store, where the album is available on CD, MP3, and FLAC.

    The New York Times calls it "audacious ... an impressive feat of imagination, and a strikingly clear distillation of both artists’ distinctive languages." The Independent in the UK, giving it four stars, calls it "dazzlingly virtuosic and evocative."

    Metheny has turned Zorn's music "into a suite of half a dozen cinematic pieces, some of truly epic proportions," says All About Jazz senior editor John Kelman. "[T]his is music that may sound little like anything he's done before, but is equally impossible to imagine coming from anyone but Metheny."

    Kelman goes on to say: "The work of an artist who is doing anything but resting on his considerable laurels and accomplishments, Tap: Jon Zorn's Book of Angels | Vol. 20 is, instead, proof positive of Metheny's ongoing efforts to push personal envelopes of sound and structure, and logic and liberation, on what may be his most diverse album yet."

    Read the complete review at allaboutjazz.com

    Beginning in the 1990s, Zorn wrote 500 songs inspired by traditional Jewish music; they came to be known as two volumes of the Masada Book. He performed the first 200 songs of Book One with the rotating members of the Masada ensemble for a decade before writing Book Two’s 300 tunes in just three months. Over the past eight years, the songs from Book Two have been recorded as volumes of The Book of Angels by a stellar group of musicians, including the Masada Quintet, Masada String Trio, Medeski Martin & Wood, and Marc Ribot.

    Zorn says of Metheny’s recording, “Pat is of course a living legend—one of those rare lights in the universe. His incredible facility and dedication, indefatigable energy and focus, imagination, and never-ending curiosity have distinguished him as truly one of the greatest musicians on the planet.” He continues, “Tap is a showcase for Pat’s remarkable imagination, technique, passion, and love for the world. No matter how many times I listen to this recording I am hit with that same sense of exhilaration that hit me the very first time.”

    Metheny, who recently won his 20th Grammy Award, adds, “I have admired John Zorn since the late ’70s and have followed his amazing output every step of the way. A few years ago, after contacting me to write some notes for one of his Arcana publications, John and I began an inspired e-mail connection. (As hard as it is to believe, we had never met in person over the years.) I mentioned that I had followed his Book of Angels series from the start and felt like I might be able to contribute something unique to the collection. With his enthusiastic encouragement, he gave me some suggestions as to which tunes were still unrecorded, and I picked the ones that jumped out and spoke to me. Over the next year, in between breaks from the road, I recorded them one by one in my home studio whenever I got a chance.”

on May 21, 2013 - 11:48am
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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."

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Today marks the release of guitarist Pat Metheny’s recording of John Zorn’s Tap: The Book of Angels, Vol. 20 from Zorn’s Masada Book Two on Nonesuch Records and Tzadik. This album is the first collaboration between the two artists, considered among their generation’s most innovative musicians. Besides his frequent collaborator, drummer Antonio Sanchez, Metheny plays all other instruments—guitars, sitar, tiples, bass, keyboards, orchestrionics, electronics, bandoneón, percussion, flugelhorn, and more—himself. To pick up a copy, visit your local record store or head to iTunes or the Nonesuch Store, where the album is available on CD, MP3, and FLAC.

The New York Times calls it "audacious ... an impressive feat of imagination, and a strikingly clear distillation of both artists’ distinctive languages." The Independent in the UK, giving it four stars, calls it "dazzlingly virtuosic and evocative."

Metheny has turned Zorn's music "into a suite of half a dozen cinematic pieces, some of truly epic proportions," says All About Jazz senior editor John Kelman. "[T]his is music that may sound little like anything he's done before, but is equally impossible to imagine coming from anyone but Metheny."

Kelman goes on to say: "The work of an artist who is doing anything but resting on his considerable laurels and accomplishments, Tap: Jon Zorn's Book of Angels | Vol. 20 is, instead, proof positive of Metheny's ongoing efforts to push personal envelopes of sound and structure, and logic and liberation, on what may be his most diverse album yet."

Read the complete review at allaboutjazz.com

Beginning in the 1990s, Zorn wrote 500 songs inspired by traditional Jewish music; they came to be known as two volumes of the Masada Book. He performed the first 200 songs of Book One with the rotating members of the Masada ensemble for a decade before writing Book Two’s 300 tunes in just three months. Over the past eight years, the songs from Book Two have been recorded as volumes of The Book of Angels by a stellar group of musicians, including the Masada Quintet, Masada String Trio, Medeski Martin & Wood, and Marc Ribot.

Zorn says of Metheny’s recording, “Pat is of course a living legend—one of those rare lights in the universe. His incredible facility and dedication, indefatigable energy and focus, imagination, and never-ending curiosity have distinguished him as truly one of the greatest musicians on the planet.” He continues, “Tap is a showcase for Pat’s remarkable imagination, technique, passion, and love for the world. No matter how many times I listen to this recording I am hit with that same sense of exhilaration that hit me the very first time.”

Metheny, who recently won his 20th Grammy Award, adds, “I have admired John Zorn since the late ’70s and have followed his amazing output every step of the way. A few years ago, after contacting me to write some notes for one of his Arcana publications, John and I began an inspired e-mail connection. (As hard as it is to believe, we had never met in person over the years.) I mentioned that I had followed his Book of Angels series from the start and felt like I might be able to contribute something unique to the collection. With his enthusiastic encouragement, he gave me some suggestions as to which tunes were still unrecorded, and I picked the ones that jumped out and spoke to me. Over the next year, in between breaks from the road, I recorded them one by one in my home studio whenever I got a chance.”

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Pat Metheny: "Tap" / John Zorn [cover]

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V as in Victim came a few years after Naked City, and the Wayne Horvitz albums albilaave around the same time as Naked City were starkly different. Miracle Mile and This New Generation (both on Nonesuch) are incredibly mellow. Horvitz formed Pigpen after I had gotten used to his quieter sound. I didn't really make that time line clear.I may do a full KZK podcast in the future, but I do mention KZK in the next podcast.

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