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 structural rules. These works are in the main named after sports, and include Pool, Archery and Lacrosse, as well as Cobra.
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P004&6 John Zorn - School album art Eugene Chadbourne / John Zorn Eugene Chadbourne / John Zorn - School(2xLP, Album) Parachute P004&6 US 1978 Sell This Version
John Zorn - Environment For Sextet album art 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 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
John Zorn - Pool album art John Zorn Pool (Album) Parachute US 1980 Sell This Version
John Zorn - Archery album art John Zorn Archery Parachute US 1981 Sell This Version
John Zorn - Locus Solus album art John Zorn Locus Solus (Album) Rift US 1983 Sell This Version
John Zorn - Yankees album art Derek Bailey / George Lewis / John Zorn Derek Bailey / George Lewis / John Zorn - Yankees (Album) Celluloid France 1982 Sell This Version
L004 John Zorn - The Classic Guide To Strategy - Volume One album art John Zorn The Classic Guide To Strategy - Volume One(LP, Album) Lumina Records Ltd. L004 US 1983 Sell This Version
none John Zorn - The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms album art John Zorn, Eugene Chadbourne John Zorn, Eugene Chadbourne - The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms(Cass, C14) Parachute none US 1984 Sell This Version
L008 John Zorn - OTB album art Jim Staley With John Zorn Jim Staley With John Zorn - OTB(LP, Album) Lumina Records Ltd. L008 US 1984 Sell This Version
John Zorn - Ganryu Island album art Michihiro Sato* & John Zorn Michihiro Sato* & John Zorn - Ganryu Island (Album) Yukon Records US 1985 Sell This Version
John Zorn - Deadly Weapons album art Steve Beresford / David Toop / John Zorn / Tonie Marshall Steve Beresford / David Toop / John Zorn / Tonie Marshall - Deadly Weapons (Album) Nato France 1986 Sell This Version
John Zorn - The Big Gundown album art John Zorn The Big Gundown (Album) Nonesuch Germany 1986 Sell This Version
L010 John Zorn - The Classic Guide To Strategy - Volume Two album art John Zorn The Classic Guide To Strategy - Volume Two(LP, Album, Dir) Lumina Records Ltd. L010 US 1986 Sell This Version
John Zorn - Cobra album art John Zorn Cobra (Album) Hat Hut Records Switzerland 1987 Sell This Version
John Zorn - Spillane album art John Zorn Spillane (Album) Elektra Nonesuch US 1987 Sell This Version
John Zorn - Spy Vs. Spy: The Music Of Ornette Coleman album art John Zorn Spy Vs. Spy: The Music Of Ornette Coleman (Album) Nonesuch US 1988 Sell This Version
John Zorn - News For Lulu album art John Zorn / George Lewis / Bill Frisell John Zorn / George Lewis / Bill Frisell - News For Lulu (Album) hat ART Switzerland 1988 Sell This Version
John Zorn - Cynical Hysterie Hour album art John Zorn Cynical Hysterie Hour (Album) CBS/Sony Japan 1989 Sell This Version
John Zorn - Naked City album art John Zorn Naked City (Album) Nonesuch US 1990 Sell This Version
John Zorn - Filmworks 1986-1990 album art John Zorn Filmworks 1986-1990 (Album) Eva (7) Japan 1990 Sell This Version
John Zorn - Square Dance album art The Intergalactic Maiden Ballet With John Zorn The Intergalactic Maiden Ballet With John Zorn - Square Dance (Album) Tiptoe Austria 1990 Sell This Version
ReCDec 33 John Zorn - Attention Span album art Ostertag* with Zorn* with Frith* Ostertag* with Zorn* with Frith* - Attention Span(CD, Album) RecRec Music ReCDec 33 Switzerland 1990 Sell This Version
hat ART CD 60401 John Zorn - Cobra (Studio) album art John Zorn Cobra (Studio)(CD, Album) hat ART hat ART CD 60401 Switzerland 1991 Sell This Version
hat ART CD 60402 John Zorn - Cobra (Live) album art John Zorn Cobra (Live)(CD, Album) hat ART hat ART CD 60402 Switzerland 1991 Sell This Version
John Zorn - Elegy album art John Zorn Elegy (Album) Eva (7) Japan 1992 Sell This Version

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November 14, 2017
If I was to judge Zorn on how pretentiously he sometimes behaves during live shows (like Warsaw Summer Jazz Days 1999 - available on YT) it would be definitely -1 out of 5... But I probably shouldn't and focus on his work which is clearly 5.
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August 20, 2015
This man is so very busy, it's not surprising that there are albums that haven't made it onto Discogs yet. Anybody heard "True Discoveries of Witches and Demons" 2015? I'm just curious as to what it might sound like, as he plays, composes, and improvises all over the map and beyond.

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