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 are 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.
Nova Express Quintet
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The Nova Express Quintet has recorded some fantastic music. Out of the current quartet of releases, the William S. Burroughs albums (the eponymously titled debut and "Dreamachines") are perhaps the most remarkable. These efforts have an eclectic mix of jazz, avant-garde, and the expected Jewish influences. In particular, some of the avant-garde songs are spellbinding. In this context, “Andras” isn’t remarkable. There’s no avant-garde here and the guys don’t push the envelope. In contrast, the band more or less plays straight jazz with an occasional infusion of psychedelic rock. Naturally there’s a Jewish feel since we’re listening to the music of John Zorn. In this regard,...
One of the things that attracts me to the Book of Angels series is to know other worlds THROUGH interpretations of Masada Book Two of Zorn. In this case interpreters are Nova Express Quintet, Medesky, Wollesen, Trevor Dunn and Cyro Batista. There is nothing new, so I put four star, but a splendid music, especially percussion incredible. No surprises but if reunion with some great musicians. If you like the language of mixtures of different rhythmic textures disk you can enthuse
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