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 School — John Zorn Eugene Chadbourne / John Zorn Eugene Chadbourne / John Zorn - School(2xLP, Album) Parachute P004&6 US 1978 Sell This Version
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ICTUS 0017 Environment For Sextet — John Zorn 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
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POO 11/12 Pool — John Zorn John Zorn Pool (Album) Parachute POO 11/12 US 1980 Sell This Version
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P017/18 Archery — John Zorn John Zorn Archery Parachute P017/18 US 1981 Sell This Version
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RIFT 7 Locus Solus — John Zorn John Zorn Locus Solus (Album) Rift RIFT 7 US 1983 Sell This Version
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CEL 6706 Yankees — John Zorn Derek Bailey / George Lewis / John Zorn Derek Bailey / George Lewis / John Zorn - Yankees (Album) Celluloid CEL 6706 France 1982 Sell This Version
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L004 The Classic Guide To Strategy - Volume One — John Zorn John Zorn The Classic Guide To Strategy - Volume One(LP, Album) Lumina Records Ltd. L004 US 1983 Sell This Version
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none The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms — John Zorn John Zorn, Eugene Chadbourne John Zorn, Eugene Chadbourne - The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms Parachute none US 1984 Sell This Version
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L008 OTB — John Zorn Jim Staley With John Zorn Jim Staley With John Zorn - OTB(LP, Album) Lumina Records Ltd. L008 US 1984 Sell This Version
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2101 Ganryu Island — John Zorn Michihiro Sato*, John Zorn Michihiro Sato*, John Zorn - Ganryu Island (Album) Yukon Records 2101 US 1985 Sell This Version
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NATO 950 Deadly Weapons — John Zorn 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
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979 139-4 The Big Gundown — John Zorn John Zorn The Big Gundown (Album) Nonesuch, Nonesuch 979 139-4 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
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L010 The Classic Guide To Strategy - Volume Two — John Zorn John Zorn The Classic Guide To Strategy - Volume Two(LP, Album) Lumina Records Ltd. L010 US 1986 Sell This Version
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Mobys Record 0005, Mobys 0005, LM-1750 Experimental Performance With John Zorn — John Zorn Jojo Takayanagi* With John Zorn Jojo Takayanagi* With John Zorn - Experimental Performance With John Zorn(LP) Mobys Record, Mobys Record, Mobys Record Mobys Record 0005, Mobys 0005, LM-1750 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
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hat ART 2034 Cobra — John Zorn John Zorn Cobra (Album) hat ART hat ART 2034 Switzerland 1987 Sell This Version
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9 79172-2 Spillane — John Zorn John Zorn Spillane (Album) Elektra Nonesuch 9 79172-2 US 1987 Sell This Version
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hat ART CD 6005 News For Lulu — John Zorn 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
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60844-2 Spy Vs. Spy: The Music Of Ornette Coleman — John Zorn John Zorn Spy Vs. Spy: The Music Of Ornette Coleman (Album) Nonesuch 60844-2 US 1988 Sell This Version
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24DH 5291 Cynical Hysterie Hour — John Zorn John Zorn Cynical Hysterie Hour (Album) CBS/Sony 24DH 5291 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
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9 79238-2 Naked City — John Zorn John Zorn Naked City (Album) Elektra Nonesuch, Elektra Nonesuch 9 79238-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
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888804 Square Dance — John Zorn The Intergalactic Maiden Ballet With John Zorn The Intergalactic Maiden Ballet With John Zorn - Square Dance (Album) Tiptoe 888804 Austria 1990 Sell This Version
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EVA 2024 Filmworks 1986-1990 — John Zorn John Zorn Filmworks 1986-1990 (Album) Eva (7) EVA 2024 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
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ReCDec 33 Attention Span — John Zorn Ostertag* With Zorn* With Frith* Ostertag* With Zorn* With Frith* - Attention Span(CD, Album) RecRec Music ReCDec 33 Switzerland 1990 Sell This Version
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hat ART CD 6055 More News For Lulu — John Zorn 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
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TKCB-30574 Improvised Music New York 1981 — John Zorn 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

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iloveruby

iloveruby

August 30, 2022
edited 3 months ago
OK, this guy really takes the meaning of "Prolific" to another level. And also with good quality amazingly.
kyeo

kyeo

March 19, 2019
wasn't there supposed to be some giant like 50 cd box set of his shit coming out in japan or w/e
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.303.

.303.

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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Beyond_John

Beyond_John

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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