It was about time that two of the biggest panorama pioneers of our time would record a joint project. This means that only one person is playing, the other delivers the compositions. For some time now, New York's Enfant Terrible John Zorn has been providing musicians of all kinds with compositions originally created for his band Masada under the motto "Book Of Angels". After Medeski Martin & Wood, Marc Ribot and others, it's now Pat Metheny's turn. Metheny's handling of Zorn's originals, however, surpasses anything one could have expected of him. With the exception of the drums played by Antonio Sanchez, the guitarist takes over all instrumental parts from various guitars, mandolins, banjos and basses to vibraphone, piano, accordion and orchestrion. The result is an explosion of sounds in six sentences. Rarely has Metheny been so rocky as with this lustful blast of revealing sound ideas. Pat Metheny and John Zorn are two great musical thinkers who have come together to break down the boundaries between the avant-garde and the mainstream and work together much more often.
Top track: Mastema