Masada (US klezmer/experimental jazz band)

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Masada is a musical group with rotating personnel led by American saxophonist and composer John Zorn since the early 1990s.

Masada is as much a "songbook" as a group, comprising more than 500 relatively brief compositions. Each song is written in accordance with a number of rules, including the maximum number of staves, the modes or scales that are used, and the fact that the songs must be playable by any small group of instruments.

Given the historical associations of the project's name (see Masada), the Hebrew titles of the compositions, and the Jewish imagery on the covers of the associated albums, Zorn was clearly exploring his Jewish roots, stating, "The idea with Masada is to produce a sort of radical Jewish music, a new Jewish music which is not the traditional one in a different arrangement, but music for the Jews of today. The idea is to put Ornette Coleman and the Jewish scales together."

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Discography

Album

Year Title Rating Releases
1994 Alef 1
1995 Beit 1
1995 Gimel 1
1995 Dalet 2
1995 Hei 1
1995 Vav 1
1996 Zayin 1
1997 Het 1
1998 Tet 1
1998 Yod 1
2005 Sanhedrin 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
2003 The Unknown Masada Compilation 1

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1995 Masada Live Live 1
1998 Live in Taipei 1995 Live 1
1999 Live in Jerusalem 1994 Live 1
1999 Live in Middelheim 1999 Live 1
2000 Live in Sevilla 2000 Live 1
2001 Live at Tonic 2001 Live 1
2002 First Live 1993 Live 1
2004 50th Birthday Celebration, Volume 7 Live 1

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