Spectacular arrangements of Masada compositions by mad alchemist Trey Spruance, mastermind of Secret Chiefs 3 and one of the most brilliant musicians around. Drawing upon an astonishing array of musical styles from Exotica and Surf to Ethiopian Funk and Gypsy Swing, Trey s colorful orchestral arrangements perfectly compliment the lyricism and dynamic rhythmic complexity of Zorn's evocative Book of Angels. Featuring some of the best musicians from the Bay Area, LA and Seattle scenes, this is one of the most compelling installments in the entire Masada series.
Secret Chiefs 3
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These guys have a tremendous amount of good noise to make...everything from death metal to a middle easten sound. music that sends your mind on a journey through the full range of emotions. I saw them live in denver (they were all wearing long hooded robes that covered most of thier faces) opening for les claypool and they made music that captured the beauty and horror of an apocolypse. spectacular.
This is far and away my favorite Secret Chiefs 3 album, and it's probably because I'm a huge fan of John Zorn. While I feel that SC3's other albums are, while fun, a little silly, Xaphan 3 has an incredibly mature and refined sound. Over the course of the year that I've been listening to this album, just about each song has at one point been my favorite. There is always something new to appreciate. Fantastic album.
The other reviewers have summed up the perfection that this album is quite well so I'll leave my music comments as theirs.I've gotta put it out there though that the disc is packaged beautifully though!The light pink/lavander cover has hints of sparkly greens and blues that show up in sunlight,and instead of the usual booklet that explains away the album for you,this ones comes with three cards with artwork on them which are interesting to look at while listening to the cd.I applaud Zorn's Tzadik label for making the music experience a more intimate one by giving the listener beautiful packaging,aside from all the great music that it holds!These cd's would've been serious wall art if released as records back in the day.
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