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News for Lulu Import

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  • Audio CD (July 29, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: hatART
  • ASIN: B0018Q3XTA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #766,110 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Michael Stack VINE VOICE on August 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
One of the things I've noted over the years is a seeming lack of desire amongst people to hear music with a personal identity-- think about the old "downtown"/"uptown" jazz divide that was a big deal in the Jazz press years ago-- John Zorn, et.al. explore, push boundaries, and find new ways of expression, Wynton Marsalis and his cohorts make jazz into a self-reflective art, ignoring later innovations, later musics, and just performing in old styles, sometimes just playing old songs. And mind you, this isn't just limited to jazz-- Beethoven sells better than any modern composer as orchestra after orchestra re-records his pieces letter perfect (no slight against Beethoven, I'm rather fond of him) while modern composers struggle to sell a thousand records, and in rock music, the Rolling Stones manage to sell out tour after tour playing hits from 30-40 years ago without having made a coherent and legitimate music statement in longer than I have been alive.

As such, when I approached "News for Lulu", it was with much trepidation. John Zorn does bebop, everyone loves it. I've heard since I first started listening to Zorn that I should check this out, its fantastic, and whatnot. Of course, it's also out of print, and unlike Zorn's other bebop excursion (The Sonny Clark Memorial Quartet), it sells for a small fortune. The truth is that I'm not one for looking backward, and all my favorite musicians pushed in new directions their entire careers and didn't look back even at their own catalog and influences, and when they did, it was like Zorn's "Naked City", looking backward to get forward.

The truth is, I shouldn't've worried so much about "News for Lulu"-- it deserves the praise it gets.
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One of the things I've noted over the years is a seeming lack of desire amongst people to hear music with a personal identity-- think about the old "downtown"/"uptown" jazz divide that was a big deal in the Jazz press years ago-- John Zorn, et.al. explore, push boundaries, and find new ways of expression, Wynton Marsalis and his cohorts make jazz into a self-reflective art, ignoring later innovations, later musics, and just performing in old styles, sometimes just playing old songs. And mind you, this isn't just limited to jazz-- Beethoven sells better than any modern composer as orchestra after orchestra re-records his pieces letter perfect (no slight against Beethoven, I'm rather fond of him) while modern composers struggle to sell a thousand records, and in rock music, the Rolling Stones manage to sell out tour after tour playing hits from 30-40 years ago without having made a coherent and legitimate music statement in longer than I have been alive.

As such, when I approached "News for Lulu", it was with much trepidation. John Zorn does bebop, everyone loves it. I've heard since I first started listening to Zorn that I should check this out, its fantastic, and whatnot. Of course, it's also out of print, and unlike Zorn's other bebop excursion (The Sonny Clark Memorial Quartet), it sells for a small fortune. The truth is that I'm not one for looking backward, and all my favorite musicians pushed in new directions their entire careers and didn't look back even at their own catalog and influences, and when they did, it was like Zorn's "Naked City", looking backward to get forward.

The truth is, I shouldn't've worried so much about "News for Lulu"-- it deserves the praise it gets.
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John Zorn, Bill Frisell, and a trombone player! No disrespect to George Lewis, I'm just not familiar with his work. But all three musicians distinguish themselves on the exciting CD. Anyone looking for a contemporary take on Bop and Soul Jazz from the top players in the game today need look no further. Import contains three stellar live tracks. Some of John Zorn's most accessible playing, but still maintains his unique flavor and sparkle. A real must have for Zorn fans, but also for fans of Hank Mobley, Sonny Clark, or Kenny Dorham, whose works are all interpeted here.
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I've got about 30 Zorn CDs--News For Lulu is on my must-have essential Zorn list. It's a very hard bopping jazz trio. Not a lot of improvised noise going on here, but really incredible musicianship and excellent playing.
The live version is likewise incredible. Very unusual mix of instrumentation as well--guitar, Zorn's alto sax, trombone. But man, does it work! Very listenable, and very different from anything else I've heard from Zorn.
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By A Customer on April 15, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Three excellent musicians on the top of their playing, freely interprete compostions of boppers Sonny Clark, Freddie Redd, Kenny Dorham and Hank Mobley, always with an incredible sense of trio improvisation.
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