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The Dreamers/John Zorn (Composer): Pellucidar: A Dreamers Fantabula [Digipak]

Track List

>Magic Carpet Ride
>Queen of Ilium
>Once Upon a Time
>Flight from Salem
>Perfume from Cleopolis, A
>Jewels of Opar

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

Their fifth CD and their first in over 4 years, Zorn's most delightful and popular instrumental unit returns with nine compositions inspired by the imaginary worlds of fantasy literature. Featuring some of Zorn's catchiest melodies and plenty of fiery solos from Ribot, Saft and Wollesen, Pellucidar blends soul, surf, jazz, minimalism, rumba, tango, samba, exotica and more in classic Dreamers style. Featuring a 36- page booklet filled with colorful art by Tzadik's exclusive designer Chippy, Pellucidar is a long awaited addition to the sparkling Dreamers legacy! An absolute delight from first note to last this is exotic fantasy music for the 21st century!

Album Notes

Personnel: Marc Ribot (guitar); Jamie Saft (keyboards); Kenny Wollesen (vibraphone); Joey Baron (drums); Cyro Baptista (percussion).

Audio Mixer: Marc Urselli.

Recording information: EastSide Sound, NYC (02/2015).

Photographer: Ikue Mori.

Arranger: John Zorn .

Pellucidar is billed as the first new Dreamers album in four years, but given that the last album was tunes from Book Two of Masada and the one before that consisted of Christmas tunes, this is actually the first new material written specifically for this ensemble since 2009. It's similar to both The Dreamers and O'o, but the playing of this group never gets old. Jamie Saft skips the piano this time out, sticking with Fender Rhodes, and the interplay with Kenny Wollesen's vibes is magical. Marc Ribot has a few great solos, of course, but also contributes some interesting not-very-guitary comping. The rhythm section is equally amazing, with Trevor Dunn's supple basslines and Ben Perowsky's light touch on drums and excellent cymbal work. Cyro Baptista can always be counted on for perfect percussive accents. The tunes are mostly delightfully upbeat jazz-surf-exotica, with "Gormenghast" taking a slightly darker, Morricone-esque turn and "Jewels of Opar" a bit more insistent, with harder drumming from Perowsky and a ripping solo from Ribot. Pellucidar is another great offering from Zorn's most accessible project. ~ Sean Westergaard


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