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John Zorn – The Dreamers’ Christmas (Tzadik 2011)

10th Jul 11 (Sun) 2 comments

Update 10/7: go back HERE for CD/vinyl/45 rpm/mp3 download ordering info.

Posted on (Tzadik designer) Chippy’s Facebook page earlier this weekend…

The biggest surprise of the year is John Zorn’s beautiful Christmas CD. Zorn has hand picked seven of his favorite Christmas songs, penned two lovely originals and they are performed here in classic Dreamers style with plenty of exciting solos, exotic colors and catchy lyricism. Filled with a joyful holiday spirit, innocence, a touch of nostalgia and a charming lyricism, this is music for all ages that will make you smile with delight from the very first notes. As a special treat, vocalist Mike Patton delivers an intimate and heartfelt rendition of “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire,” making A Dreamers Christmas an instant classic, and an essential CD for any contemporary Christmas celebration.

This album will also feature The Dreamers band: Marc Ribot, Jamie Saft, Kenny Wollesen, Trevor Dunn, Joey Baron, and Cyro Baptista. It will be out in CD and vinyl LP.

My guess is it’ll hit in October or November as Tzadik tends to not release anything in December.  I’m looking forward to it.  I mean, I tend to not like Christmas music that much (there are only a few).  I find it funny that a record label entrenched in Jewish music and jazz would put out a Christmas album with Santa on it… but, well, that’s John Zorn for you.  Not following the protocol.

And that’s why we love him!

Update 7/28, the cover for the 45rpm vinyl single…

~Dan – np: SilverchairFrogstomp

John Zorn THE DREAMERS on vinyl(!!)

2nd Oct 10 (Sat) 2 comments

So, there was a hint a few months ago about a vinyl release from Tzadik… my hunch was that it would be John Zorn / The Dreamers O’o release (out on CD in 2009).  Well, posted on Tzadik graphic artist Hueng-Hueng “Chippy” Chin’s Chippy Design flickr site yesterday was this…

“The Dreamers vinyl”
(click for larger)

It’s available for pre-order at Amazon under the title Dreamers – The Gentle Side… out Nov 23rd, 2010.

Update (10/8): the picture disc…

 

~Dan – np: Frank ZappaMeets the Mothers of Prevention

Masada in March @ Yoshi’s

30th Dec 08 (Tue) Leave a comment

I wish it weren’t during tax season (or) that I weren’t a CPA (or) that I lived closer…

These Zornfest dates were posted on Erik Friedlander’s website.  It’s not on Yoshi’s website yet (too soon), but the Dreamers and Electric Masada sets are confirmed on bassist Trevor Dunn’s performance listing.  Eleven (or more) sets of Masada and Masada-based music spread over six days by six different groups.  This line-up looks totally freaking AMAZING

ZORN FEST 2009 at Yoshi’s in Oakland, CA (changed to San Fran)
http://sf.yoshis.com/sf/jazzclub (tickets on sale now)

March 10 – The Secret Chiefs 3 Play Masada
March 11 – Masada String Trio – 2 sets
March 12 – Masada Quintet – 2 sets
March 13 – Bar Kokhba Sextet – 2 sets
March 14 – The Dreamers – 2 sets
March 15 – Electric Masada – 2 sets

Seriously, guys… come on… you’re killin’ me… it couldn’t have been one month later? :)

~Dan – np: Miles DavisGet Up With It

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