John Zorn

John Zorn

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American saxophonist and composer, born 2 September 1953 in New York City, USA. He owns the Tzadik record label and has worked with a large number of experimental musicians, particularly in improvised music, modern classical music and jazz, though he has produced music in most styles. As a child, he played piano, guitar and flute. He went to college in St. Louis where he discovered free jazz, before dropping out and moving to Manhattan. There he gave concerts in his small apartment, playing a variety of reeds, duck calls, tapes, etc; almost anything. In the mid 1980s he signed to the Elektra Nonesuch label. Since then, he has released a very large number of records, usually putting out several each year. Zorn's recorded output includes records by two bands of his own, Masada (a klezmer band playing music that is often described as Jewish jazz) and Naked City (an often aggressive mix of jazz, rock and grindcore). He has also worked with musicians like Bill Frisell, Derek Bailey, Fred Frith, Keiji Haino, and Bill Laswell. He has written music for television and film, which has been collected in the ongoing Filmworks series of records on his Tzadik label. Some of these are jazz-based, others are classical. He has also written several "game pieces", in which performers are allowed to improvise while following certain strucural rules. These works are in the main named after sports, and include Pool, Archery and Lacrosse, as well as Cobra.
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John Zorn Discography

Albums

P004&6 Eugene Chadbourne / John Zorn Eugene Chadbourne / John Zorn - School(2xLP, Album) Parachute P004&6 US 1978 Sell This Version
ICTUS 0017 John Zorn, Andrea Centazzo, Eugene Chadbourne, Tom Cora, Toshinori Kondo, Polly Bradfield John Zorn, Andrea Centazzo, Eugene Chadbourne, Tom Cora, Toshinori Kondo, Polly Bradfield - Environment For Sextet (Album) Ictus Records ICTUS 0017 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
P011/12 John Zorn Pool (Album) Parachute P011/12 US 1980 Sell This Version
P017/18 John Zorn Archery Parachute P017/18 US 1981 Sell This Version
RIFT 7 John Zorn Locus Solus (Album) Rift RIFT 7 US 1983 Sell This Version
CEL 6706 Derek Bailey / George Lewis / John Zorn Derek Bailey / George Lewis / John Zorn - Yankees (Album) Celluloid CEL 6706 France 1982 Sell This Version
L004 John Zorn The Classic Guide To Strategy - Volume One(LP, Album) Lumina Records Ltd. L004 US 1983 Sell This Version
L008 Jim Staley With John Zorn Jim Staley With John Zorn - OTB(LP, Album) Lumina Records Ltd. L008 US 1984 Sell This Version
2101 Michihiro Sato* & John Zorn Michihiro Sato* & John Zorn - Ganryu Island (Album) Yukon Records 2101 US 1985 Sell This Version
NATO 950 Steve Beresford / David Toop / John Zorn / Tonie Marshall Steve Beresford / David Toop / John Zorn / Tonie Marshall - Deadly Weapons (Album) Nato NATO 950 France 1986 Sell This Version
979 139-4 John Zorn The Big Gundown (Album) Nonesuch 979 139-4 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
L010 John Zorn The Classic Guide To Strategy - Volume Two(LP, Album, Dir) Lumina Records Ltd. L010 US 1986 Sell This Version
ART 2034 John Zorn Cobra (Album) Hat Hut Records ART 2034 Switzerland 1987 Sell This Version
9 79172-2 John Zorn Spillane (Album) Elektra Nonesuch 9 79172-2 US 1987 Sell This Version
60844-2 John Zorn Spy Vs. Spy: The Music Of Ornette Coleman (Album) Nonesuch 60844-2 US 1988 Sell This Version
hat ART CD 6005 John Zorn / George Lewis / Bill Frisell John Zorn / George Lewis / Bill Frisell - News For Lulu (Album) hat ART hat ART CD 6005 Switzerland 1988 Sell This Version
24DH 5291 John Zorn Cynical Hysterie Hour (Album) CBS/Sony 24DH 5291 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
9 79238-2 John Zorn Naked City (Album) Nonesuch 9 79238-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
EVA 2024 John Zorn Filmworks 1986-1990 (Album) Eva Records (3) EVA 2024 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
888804 The Intergalactic Maiden Ballet With John Zorn The Intergalactic Maiden Ballet With John Zorn - Square Dance (Album) Tiptoe 888804 Austria 1990 Sell This Version
ReCDec 33 Ostertag* with Zorn* with Frith* Ostertag* with Zorn* with Frith* - Attention Span(CD, Album) RecRec Music ReCDec 33 Switzerland 1990 Sell This Version
WWCX 2040 John Zorn Elegy (Album) Eva Records (3) WWCX 2040 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
hat ART CD 6055 John Zorn / George Lewis / Bill Frisell John Zorn / George Lewis / Bill Frisell - More News For Lulu (Album) hat ART hat ART CD 6055 Switzerland 1992 Sell This Version
TKCB-30574 Bill Laswell, Sonny Sharrock, John Zorn, Fred Frith, Derek Bailey, Charles K. Noyes Bill Laswell, Sonny Sharrock, John Zorn, Fred Frith, Derek Bailey, Charles K. Noyes - Improvised Music New York 1981 (Album) MuWorks Records TKCB-30574 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
2115 John Zorn Kristallnacht (Album) 99 Records 2115 Germany 1993 Sell This Version