Originally posted on May 20, 2008
Guitarists Bill Frisell, Marc Ribot and Tim Sparks turn in some stunning acoustic and electric solo performances of the work of John Zorn on Masada Guitars (Tzadik). It is just their guitar and your ears for 21 pieces.
Zorn’s work has had a recognizably Jewish tonality for the most part in the last 10 years or so. He deftly incorporates those roots into an unpredictable matrix of creative musicality. Guitarists and their friends should find this CD captivating. Like what most of what Zorn has been doing, it has a distinctive quality not to be found elsewhere.