A 52 Week Autobiography Through Music – Week 44 – Masada
Masada, in the case of this week's post and video, refers to the Quartet of John Zorn (Saxophone), Dave Douglas (Trumpet), Greg Cohen (Bass) and Joey Baron (Drums) but in the broader sense refers to the now 613 compositions of Masada Book's One, Two and Three composed by John Zorn since 1993.
I think I basically say all that needs to be said in the video but I'll re-emphasize that for at least a few years this Quartet's 10 studio records and a few of their live albums was nearly the only music I listened to. Since I was obsessed with the Masada Music and concept in general I also own and listened quite a bit to other recordings of the music by the Masada String Trio, Masada Sextet, Electric Masada and the Myriad of other artists who have recorded the music over the years.
This whole Masada universe is incredibly rich, diverse, complex and continually evolving with new ensembles performing and recording the music. And for those who don't know the work of John Zorn I should point out that despite the enormous numbers of compositions and albums released by various John Zorn led groups, the Masada Music is just one part of his compositional and recorded output. I could do a whole series of videos about him alone but I'll just leave that alone and stop with this one.