Sunday, May 27, 2007

Naked City - Radio (1993)



Naked City was a band of excellent N.Y.C.-based improvisers from the late '80s to 1993, led by avant-alto saxophonist and composer John Zorn. Unlike their self-titled debut and the second Avant release Grand Guignol, there are no cover tunes on this release, entitled Radio. Several genres and bands are skillfully evoked, however, and helpfully listed in the liner notes in order of occurrence. Jazz, surf, R&B, death metal, funk, acid rock, and serialism are grafted together in this collection, often into the same song, and the band shifts genres, tempos, and arrangements on a dime.


Supposedly, Radio was conceived as a set for a college radio program, making it a kind of "Young Person's Guide to Naked City," beginning with accessible tunes, gradually building up listener tolerance to dissonance, and finally sandbagging the listener with evil blasts of dissonant metallic noise and convincing perpetrator-and-victim screaming.


Zorn gives ace guitarist Bill Frisell and versatile keyboardist Wayne Horvitz the space to shine on this collection, and both more than meet the challenges of these pieces. Avant-garde guitarist Fred Frith takes a supporting role in the band, supplying an in-the-pocket bass that keeps the funkier tracks cooking, and the depth and range of his playing on these tunes is a consistent pleasure.


Master drummer Joey Baron alternates restraint and abandon, keeping solid time on the jazz tunes, throwing tasty fills into the funk, and laying down a muscular, punishing thrash on the metal sections. Zorn himself does a fair amount of his balloon-animal-twisting squeals and sustained shrieking blasts, but he does vary the palette. Listed also as a full band member on Radio (but not performing on every piece) is Japanese noisecore/funk screamer Yamatsuka Eye of the Boredoms (now going by Yamataka Eye). His babbling, howling, choking, and flat-out screams of terror take many of the metal performances well over the top.


* This version is from the Remastered Naked City Complete Recordings.
Zorn's own words (from tzadik.com):
"I have radically remastered this music with exacting and loving attention to every last detail. Mistakes have been corrected, balances adjusted and thanks to the latest in digital technology the music is louder, clearer, more in your face and exploding with more energy than ever before. Even if you already own all of the original discs, I strongly urge you to pick this set up and experience Naked City as it always should have sounded. " --John Zorn


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16 comments:

H. said...

direct: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=QA8D1T5N

if you leave a comment I'll do this more often :)

Nick (Jinx) said...

Thanks for the download

H. said...

np. I just sent ya email btw . :)
Thanks for the comment!

Brad said...

I love Zorn, particularly when he's doing cut-up/cartoon-style music. And Frisell is one of my favorite guitarists...can't wait to hear this one, thanks!

Anonymous said...

I'll give it a listen. A lot of Zorn's stuff requires so much patience. So I haven't had an opportunity to listen to him in a while. Thanks for the opportunity.

H. said...

This album is not as experimental as some of Zorn's other projects. You should be able to actually sit back and listen to this one. :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for having this up. Naked City were so incredible. Perhaps my favorite Zorn project of them all.

-G.S.

Sermo said...

Thanks for this post. Looking forward to seeing how "not so experimental" this output of Naked City is. (Actually, I felt their Torture Garden album rather "experimental"... But sure, the self-titled Naked City album was a bit less so)

H. said...

Tonight, (June, 7), I will post the most evil sounding John Zorn album ever produced! :)

Jorge Machado said...

Muchas gracias. Anduve buscando bastante este disco. Te estoy sumamente agradecido.

:):):)
JLM

jorz said...

I didn’t own/know this album. And what a great surprise this was! Thanx H.! Keep it going, J.

mrgnash said...

A very diverse listening experience. Thanks a bunch :)

Anonymous said...

thanx a lot. i missed it and it`s a must have.

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