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John Zorn: Flaga: The Book Of Angels Volume 27 [#8341]
For one of the last CDs in the Book of Angels series Zorn has put together an astonishing all-star piano trio featuring three of the most powerful and respected musicians in the jazz/new music scene: Craig Taborn, Christian McBride and Tyshawn Sorey. Diving into eight tunes from Zorn’s mystical Masada project they take off in flights of melodic, rhythmic and harmonic fancy that will make your head spin. Visceral and virtuosic, Flaga is one of the most spontaneous and exciting installments in the Masada catalog.
(Release date: February 2016)

John Zorn: The Painted Bird [#8342]
The fourth CD in a 12-month period by Zorn’s most powerful new ensemble presents nine genre-busting compositions mixing jazz, metal, classical, world music and more. This time their trademark sound is augmented by the ringing tones of Kenny Wollesen’s vibraphone to create their wildest, most insane CD to date. Juxtaposing complex atonal lines, driving vamps, heavy metal riffs, improvisational madness, shredding solos and moments of profound lyricism, The Painted Bird is a surreal and expressive new world in sound. Moonchild meets Nova Express!
(Release date: March 2016)

Nova Express Quintet: Andras: The Book Of Angels Volume 28 [#8343]
Nova Express is one of Zorn’s most dynamic and sensitive ensembles, an MJQ-tinged quartet featuring piano, vibraphone, bass and drums. For their first foray into the world of Masada, they ar joined by the ever- popular Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista to create a fabulous program of space-age bachelor pad music for the 21st century. Relaxing and unique instrumental music performed by an all-star quintet of musical masters touching upon the exotic language of The Dreamers, Les Baxter, Martin Denny, Bert Kaempfert, Afro-Cuban bop and more.
(Release date: April 2016)

Composer
Jerry Hunt: SongDrapes ~~~ A Tzadik Classic! [#7045b]
Born in Waco, Texas, Jerry Hunt was a friend of Jack Ruby, a pianist in strip clubs, a student of the occult and the founder of his own mail order church at the age of 13. Jerry Hunt was also one of the great pioneers of live electronic music. Very much a modern-day shaman, he designed most of his own equipment and used it in unique ways to create backdrops for his magical performances that referred to, among many other things, exotic ritual, the esoteric traditions of Rosicrucianism, Aleister Crowley and modern science. The SongDrapes were some of Jerry’s last and greatest creations, and feature vocalists Karen Finley, Shelley Hirsch and Mike Patton.
~~~ A Tzadik Classic!
(Release date: February 2016)

Richard Crandell: Mbira Magic ~~~ A Tzadik Classic! [#8005b]
Hypnotic and beautiful music for mbira from an American maverick in the Terry Riley/Harry Partch tradition. A colleague of Leo Kottke, John Fahey and Thomas Mapfumo, Richard Crandell has been captivating audiences with his intricate mbira tapestries for years. Minimalism meets world music in this charming and delicate series of West Coast etudes for modified mbira.
~~~ A Tzadik Classic!
(Release date: March 2016)

Teiji Ito: Music for Maya—Film Music of Teiji Ito ~~~ A Tzadik Classic! [#8038b]
Focusing on his relationship with the legendary cinematic poet Maya Deren, Tzadik’s third Teiji Ito release highlights his versatile and evocative music for films. Included are three major Deren scores, four pieces for Marie Menken and recently discovered music for industrial films, documentaries and the avant-garde. A remarkable 2 CD set featuring over two hours of music released for the first time and an extended booklet filled with scores, storyboards, photos, notes and more.
~~~ A Tzadik Classic!
(Release date: April 2016)

Key
Anton Fier: Dreamspeed/Blindlight 1992-1994 ~~~ A Tzadik Classic! [#7609b-2]
Anton Fier is well-known in rock circles as the drummer for the Feelies, the original Lounge Lizards and mastermind of the Golden Palominos, and these two CDs, both long out of print and now with two unreleased bonus tracks, may well be his best work.

Featuring Japanese vocalist Phew, bass terrorist Bill Laswell, Bootsy Collins, Buckethead, Makino Kazu (Blonde Redhead) and many of Anton’s longtime collaborators, dreamspeed/blindlight 1992–1994 is the definitive document of one of the Downtown scene’s most elusive musicians.
~~~ A Tzadik Classic!
(Release date: February 2016)

New Japan
Friction: Zone Tripper ~~~ A Tzadik Classic! [#7224b]
Arriving in New York City early 1977, Reck was a vital member of the New York No Wave Punk scene, playing bass with James Chance and the Contortions and Lydia Lunch. Returning to Tokyo in 1978 he founded Friction, one of the most important and longest running underground bands in Japan. Together over twenty years, Friction has gone through many changes, while still retaining its hard-edged style and unique combination of hard rock, punk and noise. Zone Tripper presents some of their greatest songs and some surprising remixes by Tokyo’s greatest DJs. Friction’s first release outside of Japan,—Zone Tripper is powerful introduction to one of the most legendary bands in the Tokyo underground.
~~~ A Tzadik Classic!
(Release date: April 2016)

Radical Jewish Culture
Various Artists: Great Jewish Music: Jacob do Bandolim ~~~ A Tzadik Classic! [#7192b]
One of the founders of the Brazilian instrumental style choro, Jacob do Bandolim began his long musical career by plucking his violin with a hairpin, and very soon developed into the greatest mandolin virtuoso Brazil has ever known. His compositions virtually defined the choro style through the Thirties, Forties and Fifties, and he remains one of the most endearing figures in Brazilian music to this day. This exciting tribute to one of Brazil’s greatest Jewish composers features creative arrangements by Tzadik regulars ranging from the traditional to the experimental. Charming and powerful music with a sensual lyricism from one of the guiding lights of the Jewish Diaspora.
~~~ A Tzadik Classic!
(Release date: March 2016)

Spectrum
Cyro Baptista: Bluefly [#4014]
A veteran of groups led by Herbie Hancock, Yo-Yo Ma, Laurie Anderson, Paul Simon, Phish, Sting and many more, Cyro Baptista continues to bring life, love and madness to every ensemble he works with. His own bands Banquet of the Spirits and Beat the Donkey tour the world to great acclaim and his CDs continue to be Tzadik best-sellers. Cyro’s latest project is a pop-infused psychedelic trip featuring Cyro with a huge lineup of all-star musicians. Three years in the making, this is groovy lyrical instrumental and vocal music that you will listen to morning, noon and night. A classic!
(Release date: March 2016)