Down Beat (5/92, p.46) - 4 Stars - Very Good
Personnel: John Zorn (alto saxophone); George Lewis (trombone); Bill Frisell (guitar).
Producers: Pia Uehlinger, Werner X. Uehlinger.
Recorded live at the Maison De La Radio, Paris, France on January 10, 1989, and Stadtheater, Basel, Switzerland on January 18, 1989. Includes liner notes by Howard Mandel, Philippe Carles and Jurg Laederach.
Tracks 1-7 are ADD. Tracks 8-15 are DDD.
Personnel: George Lewis (trombone); John Zorn (alto saxophone); Bill Frisell (guitar).
Liner Note Authors: Art Lange; Bill Meyer.
Recording information: Basel Concert, Stadttheater Basel, Switzerland (01/18/1989); Radio France Concert, Maison de la Radio, Paris, France (01/18/1989); Basel Concert, Stadttheater Basel, Switzerland (01/19/1989); Radio France Concert, Maison de la Radio, Paris, France (01/19/1989).
This is the second of two CDs featuring the unusual trio of altoist John Zorn, trombonist George Lewis, and guitarist Bill Frisell. Recorded live in concert, the group interprets fresh renditions of hard bop oriented pieces by Sonny Clark, Hank Mobley, Big John Patton, Kenny Dorham, and Freddie Redd, in addition to one selection from Misha Mengelberg. The music swings in its own fashion and, although it tugs at the boundaries of the bop tradition, it mostly stays within its borders. Bill Frisell, operating as the entire rhythm section, is a wonder as usual. Recommended, as is the first volume News for Lulu. ~ Scott Yanow