January 27, 2010 – 4:08 am

John Zorn’s horn was widely recognised after he did an album of Morricone tunes, The Big Gundown. Fire away Johnny.

Click on the panels for a better view or to download artwork.

Verona 1988 [no label, 1CD]

Live in Verona, Italy, July 27, 1988. Excellent FM stereo.

For a New Yorker who played bass in a surf band, John Zorn has come up vastly different from his youth. Zorn is generally viewed as a champion for avant garde. It was Braxton’s album For Alto that turned him on to the saxophone and while Zorn blows free jazz, his climb to infamy came about when he recorded an album of Ennio Morricone soundtracks for Westerns.

1985’s The Big Gundown even caught the attention of Morricone who gave it a ringing endorsement. “This is a record that has fresh, good and intelligent ideas,” said the Italian maestro. This show in late 1988 captures him with his most accessible band, The Ennio Morricone Tribute Band.

It’s all down to the romantic sound of Zorn’s horn. The music is melodic but not particularly challenging. The horn dominates the sound. It isn’t until Fred Frith comes alive on Erotico, the theme from The Burglars, that things get hot. The guitar IS the phallic symbol, twisting and turning in Frith’s fingers.

On the other side of the fence, was Naked City’s debut album due in early 1990. That band which also included Fred Frith and Wayne Horvitz would test the limits of noise. You wouldn’t imagine that based on this show.

John Zorn continues to straddle fences and distances himself from labels. He makes imaginary soundtracks in a series called Filmworks, some for Japanese porn films, yet has established a label for his Jewish music. He plays free jazz that mutates into bands like Painkiller, Masada and The Moonchild Trio.

When you hear him introduce each track, invariably a mental picture forms. This is still the hyper-active child who played bass in a surf band. His mammoth discography confirms that. We’d hate to be his housekeeper.
- The Little Chicken

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Battle Of Algiers (5.5MB)
Track 02. The Sicilian Clan (5.9MB)
Track 03. Metamorfosi (5.2MB)
Track 04. Poverty (Once Upon A Time In America) (6.5MB)
Track 05. James Bond Theme (John Barry) (4.2MB)
Track 06. Taxi Driver (Bernard Herrmann) (8.8MB)
Track 07. Milano Odeo (5.1MB)
Track 08. Once Upon A Time In The West (8.6MB)
Track 09. Erotico (The Burglars) (8.9MB)
Track 10. The Lie (John Zorn) (4.1MB)
Track 11. Death Waltz Fantasy (John Zorn) (5.4MB)
Track 12. Batman (John Zorn) (3.6MB)
Track 13. Chinatown (Jerry Goldsmith) - there’s a skip at the 5.13m mark (9.8MB)

All Morricone compositions except where noted.

John Zorn - alto sax
Carol Emanuel - harp
Wayne Horvitz - keyboards
Mark Dresser - bass
Bobby Previte - drums
Cyro Baptista  - percussion
Christian Marclay - turntables
Fred Frith - guitars

The Big Gundown: John Zorn Plays the Music of Ennio Morricone. Get the 15th anniversary edition with extras. Click on the link to buy John Zorn albums.

  1. 10 Responses to “THE MAN WITH THE HORNS”

  2. His name is Frith.

    Great blog. Thanks.

    By Niles on Jan 27, 2010

  3. Hello Niles.
    Thanks for the note. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Jan 27, 2010

  4. hey bigo, thanks!!! i used to have the big gundown years ago so this is nice to have. mark e miller is on it. we’re friends on facebook. he’s cool. he sent me toy killers-the unlistenable years. zorn is on two songs.

    after i fix the tags, i will play it.

    i’ll see if i can find the venue on the net.


    By Ed Saad on Jan 27, 2010

  5. Thanks! Very intense listening experience.

    Greetings, Tom

    By Tom on Jan 28, 2010

  6. Thanks for this one! John Zorn is always interesting. :)

    By Jonathan on Jan 28, 2010

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