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"We must storm the citadels of enlightenment, the means are at hand!"

Zorn's work has been deeply influenced by the work of Gysin and Burroughs, beginning in the late Õ60s when he first became aware of their art, writing, and revolutionary techniques of third mind collaboration and on to time spent at the Bunker. Dreamachines celebrates this connection with nine compositions combining the quirky atonality of Zorn's classical music, the cut up techniques of Naked City and the soulful lyricism of the Masada songbook. A companion piece to Nova Express (2011), the music is incredibly varied and jumps from tonality to atonality with dramatic surprise. Another complex and intense program of
modern chamber music filled with meticulous detail and emotion performed by an all-star quartet of virtuosos from Zorn's inner circle.

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  • Audio CD (July 30, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tzadik
  • ASIN: B00CP4S380
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,099 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Delite Rancher VINE VOICE on August 10, 2013
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"Dreamachines" is a follow-up to the fantastic "Nova Express" album. Much like its predecessor, this recording features two musical moods. On one hand, there is avant-garde jazz. Songs like 'The Wild Boys' and 'Note Virus' exemplify this band's signature sound. The flow is like a careening roller coaster that occasionally has its brakes slammed on to instantly return to full speed. It makes for a wild ride! Few musicians could handle such technically demanding arrangements, especially when played at such velocity. 'Psychic Conspirators' may be the avant-garde standout. On the other hand, "Dreamachines" has a melodic side. For example, 'The Conqueror Worm' is straight jazz in the style of Masada. 'Git-Le-Coeur' is a frolic that's bookended by a dark, smoldering dreamscape. '1001 Nights In Marrakech' and 'The Third Mind' are also easy on the ears. As the melodic standout, 'The Dream Machine' may be one of John Zorn's best songs to date. Featuring an enchanted chord progression, the arrangement and execution has to be heard to be believed. "Dreamachines" is remarkable for both the contributions of the individual musicians and their chemistry. Given the combination of difficulty, speed and accuracy, John Medeski's spellbinding piano performance is a bit unsettling. It's as if he tapped into the supernatural to pull off such a feat. Not to be outdone, Kenny Wollesen gives one of his strongest performances. He also plays a blue streak when he's not creating a psychotropic atmosphere. On bass, Trevor Dunn holds the fort down and Joey Baron shines as usual. Even the CD's artwork is impressive.Read more ›
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This is one of the best cd's Zorn has put out in the last couple of years, and that's saying a lot (as any Zorn fan knows his output of late is nothing short of impressive in both quantity and quality).
So I would say this cd is essential either you are already into Zorn or you're just curious about him: this cd will get you hooked up for life.
It is performed by the Nova Express Quartet, and I can't think of a tighter group in any other music genre: they're simply the best of the best, and their playing here is top notch. All the musicians are on top level and giving their best, and if you've heard anything of them before (Wollesen, Baron, Medeski or Dunn), you know that's saying a lot.
If you like this cd, I would recommend next the more adventurous Interzone, which in a way was the origin of these Dreamachines.
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This is the one that I keep coming back to.
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Cool modern jazz composed by Mr. Zorn and played by a spirited and expert quartet that includes keyboardist John Mudeski.
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John Zorn is tedious and adolescent from his first efforts all the way to the present day. This silly album is at best a childish effort at riding the coat tails of Gysin and WSB. John Zorn is an enemy of relevance and the ultimate example of a musical hack. This is one Emperor with his junk just waving in the breeze. Put your silly colored pants back on, Zorn. You suck. You bring down whole genres to your exceedingly limited level. Blech!
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