John Zorn – A Vision in Blakelight (2012)

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John Zorn – A Vision in Blakelight (2012) Gathering – once again – a quite selective collective of musicians: Cyro Baptista – Percussion; Joey Baron – Drums; Trevor Dunn – Bass; Carol Emanuel – Harp; John Medeski – Piano and Organ; and Kenny Wollesen – Vibes and Bells; “A Vision in Blakelight” it’s probably one of the most soft, most beautiful and chilled releases of Zorn in years.
Inspired by the spiritual mythology of William Blake, Zorn continue his endless exploration of the mystical work by all the means of the 21st century’s Jazz and contemporary music. This time Zorn is less noisy, less tumultuous and experimental, but further more sensitive and meditative, creating a cinematic groove smoothly flavored by Jazzy rides and the fluorescent play of these extraordinary artist collective. “An Island in the Moon” it’s a pearl, are breathing through standard already.

Warm and organic sound, smooth and gentle play mode, spacious, still smartly focused, flawless compositions, “A Vision in Blakelight” it’s a relaxing and thrilling listening pleasure. Flowering right from the beginning and kept the listener connected throughout, this is a piece of complete enjoyment.
Jack Huston’s eading From Blake’s “Jerusalem” it’s an additional nice touch for this classic suite where Jazz meets minimalist, cinematic feel-like sound constructions and smooth layers. Simply and gorgeous!

1. When the Morning Stars Sang Together
2. The Hammer of Los
3. Jerusalem
4. The Prophecy
5. And He Rode Upon the Cherubim
6. Marriage of Heaven and Hell
7. A Woman Clothed with the Sun
8. Shadows in Ancient Time
9. An Island in the Moon

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