On his debut, Rashanim, guitarist Jon Madof flashes his bad side. He rips through the melody of “Chroma” with a hyperactive, punk intensity; he opens “Der Khusid Geyt Tantsn” with fractured distortion that seems to come from several places at once. What may initially seem like a resemblance to, say, Marc Ribot, another player in the John Zorn orbit, turns out to be something entirely different. The aggressive surf-punk gestures thin out quickly and the lasting impression Madof leaves is that of mild-mannered melodicist, a guitar player focused on carefully spun single-line playing only occasionally thickened with polyphony.
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