Thursday, April 17, 2008

Bar Kokhba Sextet - Lucifer: Book of Angels, Vol. 10 (Tzadik, 2008)

One of the added bonuses of John Zorn's recent burst of compositional activity is that many of the groups that fall through his orbit will reap opportunities to record his music. So it is with the jazz meets classical via middle eastern music ensemble Bar Kokhba, comprised of Mark Feldman on violin, Erik Friedlander on cello, Marc Ribot on guitar, Greg Cohen on bass; Joey Baron on drums, Cyro Baptista on percussion and Zorn composing and conducting. Although the music is definitely based around the ensemble as a whole, Ribot stole the show for me on this album. His playing was tightly restrained, but he still managed to incorporate blues, surf music and a whole host of other influences which was a tremendous addition to the music. The music found here is very accessible and enjoyable, fans of both classical music and jazz will find much pleasure.

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