quinta-feira, 26 de novembro de 2015

John Zorn | News for Lulu

News for Lulu is an album of hard bop compositions performed by John ZornGeorge Lewis and Bill Frisell. The album features tunes by Kenny DorhamHank MobleyFreddie Redd and Sonny Clark recorded in the studio and live at the Willisau Jazz Festival. The original cover photograph features the actress Louise Brooks who played 'Lulu' in the silent film Pandora's Box (1929). It was released in 1988 on the Swiss HatHut Record label, and re-released in 1993 and again in 2008 with a new cover and additional take of "Melanie" recorded live at Jazzfestival Willisau on August 30, 1987.

Avant-garde altoist John Zorn teams up with trombonist George Lewis and guitarist Bill Frisell to form a unique trio. 

Without the benefit of piano, bass, or drums, they interpret the hard bop compositions of Kenny Dorham, Hank Mobley, Sonny Clark, and Freddie Redd, generally not even the better-known ones. 

The performances are quite concise (Dorham's "Windmill" is covered in 40 seconds), respectful to the melodies, and unpredictable. There are hints of the avant-garde here and there, but also plenty of swinging, bop-oriented solos and coherent ensembles. Very intriguing music that is highly recommended to a wide audience of jazz and general listeners.

"KD's Motion" (Dorham) - 
"Funk in Deep Freeze" (Mobley) - 
"Melanie" (Redd) - 
"Melody for C" (Clark) - 
"Lotus Blossom" (Dorham) - 
"Eastern Incident" (Clark) - 
"Peckin' Time" (Mobley) - 
"Blues Blues Blues" (Redd) - 
"Blue Minor" take 1 (Clark) - 
"This I Dig of You" (Mobley) - 
"Venita's Dance" (Dorham) - 
"News for Lulu" (Clark) - 
"Ole" (Redd) - 
"Sonny's Crib" (Clark) - 
"Hank's Other Tune" (Mobley) - 
"Blue Minor" take 2 (Clark) - 
"Windmill" (Dorham) - 

John Zorn: alto saxophone
George Lewis: trombone
Bill Frisell: guitar

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