June 14, 2024


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CD review: John Zorn – Nostradamus: The Death of Satan 2021: Video, CD cover

Nostradamus: The Death of Satan, the ninth release by Zorn’s most intense 21st century ensemble, is a triumph. In this wildly varied program ranging from the softest sacred whisper to the most heretical hysteria, Zorn brings his unique compositional blending of classical, jazz and rock to new heights.

The Simulacrum band is tighter than ever and the recording is richer and more powerful. With a stunning clarity of sound, brilliance of performance and towering compositional vision, Nostradamus is Zorn at his very best. Essential.

Brian Marsella’s dynamic trio steps out for another exciting outing performing a new collection of Zorn compositions inspired by the mysterious and occult cards of the Tarot. This beautiful and varied followup to the popular and critically acclaimed 2019 CD The Hierophant features the remaining thirteen Tarot cards in tight arrangements, highlighting the incredible versatility and virtuosity of this powerhouse allstar jazz trio. A classic reading of occult jazz from our favorite Downtown alchemist!

01. Melmoth (4:37)
02. Flowers Of Heaven (5:43)
03. Seven Spirits (2:33)
04. The Watchers (4:58)
05. Hail Holy Light (2:07)
06. The Stygian Pool (4:09)
07. From The Cave Of Treasures (5:40)
08. Dark Angels (2:43)
09. A Mantic Stain (5:18)
10. Chaos And Eternal Light (3:53)

John Medeski – Organ
Matt Hollenberg – Guitar
Kenny Grohowski – Drums

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