Monday, March 29, 2010

The Dreamers - Ipos: The Book Of Angels, Vol. 14 (Tzadik, 2010)

The Dreamers is one of saxophonist and composer John Zorn's most unique and interesting ensembles. Drawing on jazz and film music as well as world music and even lounge music, the group makes an intoxicating blend of genres and styles. Zorn himself does not play on this album, but contributes ten compositions from his epic Book of Angels songbook. The musicians on this album are Cyro Baptista on percussion, Joey Baron on drums, Trevor Dunn on bass, Marc Ribot on guitar, Jamie Saft on keyboards and Kenny Wollesen on vibraphone. The feel, themes and textures of this album are nicely varied from the abstract surf music of "Kutiel" to the softer pieces that rely on shimmering vibes and washes of fender rhodes electric piano. The group plays very well as a whole, but Marc Ribot deserves special praise, as he plays beautifully contributing well thought out and exciting solos on almost every track. The polyglot nature of the music and the selflessness of the musicians keeps this album consistently interesting and surprising. Vol. 14-Ipos: the Book of Angels -

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