1. Dark River 8:52
Jim Pugliese - Bass Drums
2. Redbird 41:01
Carol Emanuel - harp
Jill Jaffee - viola
Erik Friedlander - cello
Jim Pugliese - percussion
The album Redbird features two of Zorn's minimalist works
for ensemble, Dark River and Redbird. Dark River is a hypnotic piece for
solo bass drums, an excellent song to fall asleep or meditate to. Redbird
is similarly hypnotic, but it also creates a feeling of perpetual tension.
It is a remarkably eerie piece, a set of chords that float across
an empty, spacious bed of silence. Each new chord has some odd relation
to the one that preceded it and a new relation to the one that follows.
However, I confess that I've never been able to listen to this piece the whole way through,
I just don't have the attention span. I would only recomend this for Zorn
completists, and anyone into minimalism or music that wants to put you to sleep
and feel uneasy at the same time.
City // Masada