Since the 1990’s, Zorn has written over 500 songs inspired by traditional Jewish music. This Masada collection, as it’s known, is divided into two books, both using Jewish scales as a springboard for improvisation.He performed the first 200 songs of Book One with the rotating members of the Masada ensemble for a decade. Then, in late 2004, he wrote 316 new pieces in the form, in just three months. He refers to this second part of Masada as “The Book of Angels,” with each piece given the name of a Biblical angel. Rather then gearing this project towards a particular band as the first Masada songbook did, Zorn instead decided this time around to invite many different collaborators to have at the book, folks as wide-ranging as Joe Lovano to Medeski, Martin & Wood, Basya Schechter to Cyro Baptista, and Pat Metheny to Marc Ribot.
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