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Music Consumption: John Zorn
07/15/1999 John Zorn: Filmworks I

John Zorn's "Filmworks I" has totally knocked me out. You have to get this. These pieces are film soundtracks from the mid-'80s through 1990, and the diverse range of styles--and his mastery of them--is extremely impressive. It helps that he's got several knockout bands here. The cut-and-paste aesthetic isn't so much in evidence in these pieces--while tone, genre and mood vary from piece to piece, the interior of each one remains largely consistent. One of the great pleasures in several of these is the playing of Robert Quine, whose brilliance I've never fully recognized before. (Maybe that's because he's had less-than-optimal working experiences in the bands I'd known his work from.)

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