John Zorn‘s Track from the Album “Masada Vol.1: Alef, 1994
Apparently his early Spy Vs. Spy homage with Tim Berne wasn’t enough to satiate John Zorn’s Ornette Coleman jones. Masada, Vol. 1: Alef is the jumping-off point for his prolific quartet, clearly modeled on Coleman’s groundbreaking acoustic unit, and it’s the first sighting of trumpeter Dave Douglas, too. The rhythm section is equally crucial, with Greg Cohen ably tackling the thankless task of bass anchor and Joey Baron the unsung hero for maintaining the fierce, high-energy pulse dictated by Zorn’s punk sensibilities. The frenetic “Jair” sets a very Coleman-ish tone before the more measured “Bith Aneth” finds Douglas showing his range with muted squawks, growls, and broad lower-register tones that almost sound like a trombone. Douglas has to be consistently agile to handle the demands of foil for Zorn because the Masada norm doesn’t call for many solos with just the rhythm section. The second lead instrument is almost always playing countermelodies behind the principal soloist, which makes for densely packed music with lots and lots of notes. Luckily, Masada is a savvy crew, not just rip-and-run raiders, so those notes create an ample spectrum of moods and flavors.
via Masada, Vol. 1: Alef – Masada | AllMusic.