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Zorn Again

Come on, admit it: When you saw this month’s JazzTimes in your mailbox or on the newsstand, you were surprised-maybe even shocked. In this issue, we’re proud to offer extensive coverage of iconoclast John Zorn. Not only did Bill Milkowski secure a candid, no-holds-barred interview-is there any other kind with Zorn?-but Nick Ruechel shot brand new portraits, one of which made the cover.

Zorn is undoubtedly one of the most prolific, original and important figures in American music today. Like his forebears in the loft era, he understands the avant-garde is defined not by a specific stylistic paradigm, but by an ability to avoid such boundaries. One of the most “out” things about him is how bewitchingly “in” he can get. Listen to the apocalyptic, metallic ooze of Naked City’s Leng Tch’e, then the sun-kissed surf melody “Mow Mow” by his Dreamers outfit, then his righteously grooving Masada quartet-a Zorn collection is a survey of musics new and old, with smack-in-the-face surprises at every turn.

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