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John Zorn


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New York City, United States (1953 – present)

John Zorn (born September 2, 1953 in New York City, United States) is an American composer, arranger, record producer, saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist. Zorn’s recorded output is prolific with hundreds of album credits as a performer, composer, or producer. His work has touched on a wide range of musical genres, often within a single composition, but he is best-known for his , , improvised and music. Zorn has led the band Naked City, the klezmer-influenced quartet Masada and composed the associated ‘Masada Songbooks’, written concert music for classical ensembles, and produced music for film and documentary. Zorn has stated that “I’ve got an incredibly short attention span. My music is jam-packed with information that is changing very fast… All the various styles are organically connected to one another. I’m an additive person - the entire storehouse of my knowledge informs everything I do. People are so obsessed with the surface that they can’t see the connections, but they are there.”

After releasing albums on several independent US and European labels, Zorn signed with Elektra Nonesuch and attracted wide acclaim in 1985 when he released The Big Gundown with his interpretations of music composed by Ennio Morricone. This was followed by the album Spillane in 1987, and the first album by Naked City in 1989 which all attracted further worldwide attention.


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  • jamesusillxd

    He should do some kind of collectors package of every release

    Yesterday 5:52pm Reply
  • Sentenzia22

    if I was rich, I'd buy every single Zorn album [2]

    17 Apr 8:59pm Reply
  • sglangdon

    Well, you're stupid.

    11 Apr 12:53pm Reply
  • FrameBuster

    I don't care if it's his real name. It sounds retarded. Wanna have "anger" as your last name? Seriously? And I don't know where my comment insists I would hate anyone or anything. You're the racist here.

    8 Apr 6:20pm Reply
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  • JamesLebowski

    That is his actual name moron. I guess you also hate other jewish family names like Rosenbaum or Friedlander. Fucking Germans. All fucking Nazis.

    30 Mar 7:49pm Reply
  • FrameBuster

    John Zorn? Seriously? Is he the brother of Richie Kotzen? People should stop abusing German words...

    28 Mar 11:33pm Reply
  • jamesusillxd

    EVERY time I check he has something new, and its always amazing

    14 Mar 3:01am Reply
  • Xhi

    'psychomagia' is another shining highlight in his prolific œuvre

    23 Feb 11:45pm Reply
  • TastyDogChow

    the album, not the side project

    22 Feb 7:43pm Reply
  • TastyDogChow

    Locus Solus is batshit insane

    22 Feb 7:42pm Reply
  • Daedalus6890

    I can't keep up with his releases.

    20 Feb 6:50pm Reply
  • phatride

    Between Two Worlds from Nova Express is amazing.

    14 Feb 8:23am Reply
  • sglangdon

    Same! I have around 50 (including Electric Masada, Naked City and Painkiller), and that's still not even nearly half of them...

    14 Feb 2:50am Reply
  • espoiraout

    if I was rich, I'd buy every single Zorn album... and probably all Tzadik releases

    13 Feb 1:04am Reply
  • alphacue


    4 Feb 8:31am Reply
  • Smekermann

    Haven't heard In Lambeth or Dreamachines, but The Mysteries is probably my favorite "pretty" Zorn album. Frisell has a lot more to do compared to The Gnostic Preludes and the music has a darker tinge to it. I also found it to be a lot more memorable.

    26 Jan 6:36am Reply
  • sglangdon

    Damn... Enjoy it! I wish I could go see him again soon, but I'm guessing it'll be a long while before he does such a large-scale tour again. I just realised there's no mention of the new Masada book in this shoutbox... Zorn's got a new Masada book written - The Book Beriah! I'm guessing there will be a bunch of new albums Book of Angels style, and I'm guessing the lineup for that show probably hints at who will be releasing albums in the series...

    24 Jan 10:51pm Reply
  • andover

    Cause you know, I got my Zorn ticket for March and all! (I keep forgetting that.)

    24 Jan 6:12am Reply
  • andover

    Found Dreamachines in a store yesterday. Will pick it when I gotz the $.

    24 Jan 6:11am Reply
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