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Spy Vs. Spy: The Music Of Ornette Coleman

John Zorn

1989

Spy Vs. Spy: The Music Of Ornette Coleman

Album Summary

Spy vs Spy: The Music of Ornette Coleman is a 1989 album by American composer and saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist John Zorn, featuring the compositions of Ornette Coleman performed in the brief, intense style of Zorn's hardcore miniatures. The liner notes thank Ornette and Denardo Coleman, Mick Harris of Napalm Death, Ted Epstein of Blind Idiot God, Pil of Lip Cream (a Japanese thrashcore group), The Accused, Craig Flanagan, DRI, CBGB, and "the New York-London-Tokyo Hardcore Triangle". The cover artwork was created by indie comics personality Mark Beyer (of Amy and Jordan fame). The album itself approaches free jazz from the perspective of hardcore punk, particularly taking note of the contemporary innovations of thrashcore and grindcore. Zorn would later pursue these preoccupations in the thrash jazz group Naked City. Like some classic free jazz albums (Free Jazz, Ascension, Archie Shepp's Mama Too Tight), different saxophonists improvise simultaneously in stereo. Tim Berne appears on the left channel, while John Zorn is recorded on the right channel.

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Rating

2.1

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4475

Genres

  • Jazz
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Fri Oct 29 2021
4

Hey, reader! If you can't find the full album anywhere, email me at sodaco3@gmail.com and I'll send a zipped file of the songs. John Zorn. Hmmm.....let's talk about John Zorn. He's a jazz artist (saxophone) who specializes in avant-garde jazz. This alone will turn away quite a few people, and I can't blame them: avant-garde art is inherently pretentious with it's "ooo, look at how I deconstruct certain pervasive elements in art and rearrange them for new experiences". It's pretty anarchist, and anarchists SUCK! Given this, I'm pretty surprised that Zorn is even on this list. I would've went with his much more popular "Naked City", but maybe that was too "jazz-rock" for 1001. Regardless, most people are going to walk away not enjoying John Zorn's work. So, what is he doing with this album? Well, he's got a 5-piece band built of two alto-saxophones, a bass, and TWO DRUMMERS! Neat. Double drummers is always risky but it's avant-garde so we'll let it slide. Cool production note: each saxophone is playing in a different channel (Zorn is in the right; listen for his licks!). Also of note is that everyone playing is improvising, giving a sort of full sound that surrounds the listener like a chaotic hug. Can you feel it? Zorn's compositions are interesting, as he opts to do these much shorter tracks that don't stick around for long before moving on the the next one. Zorn is heavily inspired by the hardcore punk scene in New York, London, and Tokyo at the time, particularly the rise in grindcore (see: Scum by Napalm Death). That sort of quick-and-dirty, attack on the ears is something that was very much inspired from grindcore and can be seen crossing over in jazz through Zorn. Again, most people will not like this, but for what it's worth I think it's a cool approach to jazz. By the 80's, Jazz had pretty well split; smooth jazz was on the rise with the likes of Kenny G, producing the most accessible, commercial music possible. Meanwhile, Jazz was being used more as a prop for other genres, such as acid jazz in the UK being a combination of electronic beats with jazz (great for clubs), or hip-hop producers incorporating jazz samples in their beats, leading to the rise of jazz rap in the late 80's and early 90's. This comes AFTER the prominence of avant-garde jazz actually, so Zorn is late to the party and very much on his own. Regardless, his approach to jazz with the mindset of hardcore punk makes for a fresh and thrilling listening experience. Overall, I think there's a lot one can take from this album, but they'll need to be open to the weirdness of it all. Do not expect structure, melodies, and rhythms that ground most songs. Instead, listen for how each instrument is playing off the others while also being totally independent from the song. There are times in this record where the stars align and you can hear the purposefulness of Zorn's band coming together in creating some really rad shit. But you gotta be open to it, or you'll just walk away thinking it's a total stinker. If you liked this record, consider listening to Ornette Coleman's stuff! I recommend "The Shape of Jazz to Come" and "Free Jazz", both records that did NOT make this list because Coleman ISN'T ANYWHERE ON THE LIST, DESPITE HIS NAME BEING HONORED BY THIS ALBUM. FUCK YOUUUUUUU 1001 ALBUMS!!!!

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Wed Feb 17 2021
1

What in the literal fuck

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Fri Aug 13 2021
5

Sounds like the drums are beating the shit out of the saxophones.

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Thu Aug 26 2021
1

Tried to listen to this but there was something wrong with the YouTube file - it was just 40 minutes of a bunch of toddlers goofing around in a garage with an old saxophone and half a drum set.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
1

Just really terrible, very hard to listen to, and I say this as a lover of jazz. "Like a migraine in music form" -my wife

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Wed Nov 24 2021
2

I’ve listened to, and enjoyed, Ornette Coleman. I’ve listened to, and enjoyed, John Zorn. This sounds exactly like how I’d imagine Ornette Coleman played by John Zorn. This is music for masochists.

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Fri May 14 2021
1

I lasted 5 minutes. I now have a headache and the urge for some heroin.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
1

This sent me down the rabbit hole of music in psychological warfare. Truly an abomination.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
1

This album is possibly the worst album I have ever listened to, and that may be generous. I love experimentation, but this experiment should've stayed in the lab, John. From top to bottom, this was an assault on the senses. I had an ear infection listening to this, and I enjoyed the ear infection more. I cannot find a single redeemable thing about this album. I had to pause the album for about 15 minutes, and those 15 minutes were a sweet Oasis in a dessert of pointless cacophony without rhythm. How do you have two drummers and a bassist and use none of them effectively? All the great elements of any genre that could be compared were missing. None of the soul, punch, or craftsmanship of Jazz, none of the rhythm of thrash, no groove, no vocals, no variety. This sounds like vomit incarnate.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
1

Truly horrible. Unpleasant and unlistenable, with an overall historical profile that suggests it has no business being on this list. It's a shame that this was included over so many other worthy albums.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
1

Just noise. And not good noise

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Wed May 12 2021
1

Wish I could award zero stars

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Fri Oct 01 2021
5

The overall effect is of speed and density. At least two LP's of musical material is compressed to forty minutes. I have only the lightest grounding in Ornette's discography, but it's enough to bring me into each tune. With the exception of Peace Warriors, which gets a bit vampy (not a good thing in this form factor), there's plenty of distinction to find aural purchase on. One saxophone or the other is often playing something slower, or they're both holding a tone, or the drums become legible, or a bass line emerges. This doesn't abstract the tunes as much as I thought it would: The rhythm section is weird, with the drummers departing from all tradition and creating the unique texture, but there are intact melodies galore.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

I know many people, including some whose opinions I hold in high regard, really go for this side of Zorn's eclectic catalogue. This struck me as a little less beatnik-screamo than Naked City but still not my cup of tea. Of course this is coming from the asshole who gave The Doors by The Doors 4 stars. An exhausting listen for me and the first item my Youtube Music subscription failed me on.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
3

Une incompréhension totale à l'écoute de cet album. Que cherche à nous dire John Zorn? Quel message tente t'il de nous faire parvenir? Je vais tâcher de percer le mystère John Zorn, et reviendrai vers vous dès que j'ai du nouveau.

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Fri Aug 27 2021
1

What the fuck did I just listen to? It's like whoever orchestrated this mess told all the musicians, "Don't worry about what everyone else is playing, just play whatever you want as loud, hard, and fast as you can." I'm sure there is someone somewhere who enjoys listening to this type of thing, but it's not me. 1 star.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

John Zorn has made a work of genius that will transcend the ages. I went into this record completely blind and naive to what music could truly be. This damn incredible soundtrack feels like it has taken my aural virginity. My ears are bleeding for the first time, but it feels so good. My darkest desires have been set in motion, like a runaway train about to meet an explosive crescendo at the bottom of a rocky ravine. My windswept hair has Zorn's semen brushed through it and his dick is hanging out of my slack jaw as I listen in complete awe and adoration. I lust as it slithers its way into my psyche, into my trousers. If I could, I would marry this record so hard, that it would think that it's been fucked sideways by its own grandchild in the back of a station wagon heading 1000 miles an hour into the centre of the sun.

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

Thrashcore jazz? What in god? Holy shit, I guess we are in for a violent, unhinged jazz onslaught. Good Old Days takes a little off the gas pedal for some more synchronized power. The drums are just SO BOOMY! They sound like they are 50 feet away! This is a fun album to just sonically surf through. Ecars is a fun tune with the heaviest end beat imaginable. Mob Job is like a pulling up to the station as the last act of this jazz rollercoaster of bodyblows and razor blades.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

That was fucking awesome. I love the intensity and the drums sound great! I typically learn towards fast-paced music, so this is right up my alley. This is basically the hardcore punk of jazz music.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
3

What a thunderous cacophony! I'm surprised I've never heard this. I can't say I exactly enjoy a whole album of it but for a track or two this is kind of stunning in it's intensity. Two sets of drums recorded with some significant reverb and dueling saxophones going at it all at once is quite a unique arrangement. Really stopped me in my tracks when I first put it on. My ears took a minute to even be able to process what they were hearing. I like this but I'm giving it a 3 because I know I'd never put this on as an album or tolerate it if someone else did. There's very little variation of mood or relief from the intensity. Again, a track or two is exhilarating and would be mind blowing live but any more than that gets exhausting real quick.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
3

Un album absolument effrayant quand on connaît le contexte dans lequel il a été enregistré. En 1989, alors que John Zorn sort d'un concert, celui-ci appelle un taxi. Il s'assoit sur la banquette arrière et remarque que la place à sa gauche est occupée par un fût métallique sur lequel est dessiné une tête de mort ainsi que le mot DANGER. Il donne sa destination au taxi qui se met en route. Quelques instants plus tard, la voiture entre en collision avec un poids lourd. À son réveil à l'hôpital, trois jours après l'accident, John Zorn est horrifié : son saxophone a été soudé à sa bouche. Il ne fait désormais qu'un avec l'instrument. Il sort alors de sa chambre puis du bâtiment et s'en va semer la terreur dans les rues de New-York avec ses mélodies très rapides et aléatoires.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
3

You know what? Fuck you. 3 stars. After reading some of the more informative reviews here and putting this LP in context, I'm willing to give it a decent rating for being completely different than anything else I've heard on this list. While the first half is an absolute auditory mess (and I would bet more than a few of the people here don't even listen for more than 5 minutes), the back half shapes up into some pretty energetic improv work that had my toe tapping. It may not be an easy listen and it does take some understanding, but at least it's not another tepid Britpop or Bob Dylan album

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Mon Jan 17 2022
2

Genre: Avant-Garde Jazz 2/5 I will say this: in some fucked up way, I do feel that I needed to hear this before I died. An absolute onslaught of noise, squealing saxophones and manic free-time drumming, sometimes so over-bearing and wild that laughter just spurted out of me, Spy vs. Spy is truly unique. It was fun playing the game, "Oh, There's The Song", where each song would start with a rushed take on an Ornette Coleman piece, go absolutely fucking crazy in the middle, then come on back to the song again, therein you'd say "Oh, There's The Song". Generally all in the course of a minute-and-a-half. And there's like 12 of them. The last few tracks slow it down big time compared to what preceded it, giving us a look at 4 really tremendous, classically trained jazz musicians, covering songs from a pioneer of their genre. Truthfully, the whole project showcases their talents. It takes a lot of training to be able to make saxophones sound like this, but it certainly isn't rendered in any way that makes it accessible. Put this on for a laugh next time you're in the car with someone, maybe The Disguise or Rejoicing.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
1

whoever gives this something higher than 1 star is off their fucking tits.

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Thu Mar 18 2021
1

Wow, I didn't know that music can make you so uncomfortable. I didn't like it at all, Korn was at least listenable and sometimes fun.

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Fri May 14 2021
1

Unlistenable Zero stars if I could

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Thu Jul 01 2021
1

What happens when you give a bunch of spazzes, that have only played with their instruments for an hour or so, a gigantic bag of cocaine. This chaotic dumpsterfire of "jazz" apparently.... 1/5.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
1

What. In the blue fuck. Was that?

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Mon Nov 08 2021
1

Fuckin' what?! Just dreadful. 0/5.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
1

In the words of Michael Scott. "No God, Please No! NOOOOOOOOOOO"

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Fri Mar 11 2022
1

The sound of an anxiety attack

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Fri Mar 11 2022
1

Absolutely hectic bullshit that made me feel even more anxious than I normally do on a daily basis… hope I never have to listen again

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Fri Apr 15 2022
1

It sounds like someone gave some random people some saxes and drums and said "go".

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Wed Jul 13 2022
1

12th July 2022 Listened while in the office, played life sized monopoly with Sav and Sal in the evening. At one point a fleet of police cars drove past the window with sirens blazing and I couldn’t tell if that was part of the music or not.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
1

I really enjoyed this! Of course, by enjoyed, I mean I tolerated it. By tolerated it, I mean I'd rather have all of my skin chipped off with a cheese grater, whilst my dad mixes lemon juice with his own urine and pours it onto my raw, skinless body. All the while piranhas bite away at my feet, the piercing shrill of a whistle is blown in my face relentlessly and a montage of my worst ever erection moments is broadcast on giant TV screens to every major city in the world, than ever listen to this ever again.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
5

meh

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Fri Jan 21 2022
5

I loved listening to this. It was surprising and sharp. Chaotic, yet organized. It kinda felt like my life, haha. I have a feeling that if I owned a coffee shop, this might be on rotation there. But, softly!

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Fri Jul 22 2022
5

😳

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Sun Aug 21 2022
5

Intense, demanding and thrilling, it is safe to say nothing else will sound quite like this on this whole project. There is something special when artists make something fresh from the sound around them and here two alto saxophones, two drums and bass make this ridiculous album which throws everything out the window whilst remaining compelling and exciting. It’s definitely challenging but there is something powerful in the emotional response of the listener, whether positive or negative. I think this might be a classic for the ages.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

Its either a 5 or a 1. I do not know what to do with this.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

Jazz, met lekkere muzikale ritmische nummers. Qua mastering lekker strakke mix.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

Needed some jazz in m life

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

Not for everyone, I suppose, but I love the organized chaos that John Zorn brings, especially when paired with Ornette Coleman.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

Hard to find an actual copy of this--not even sure it's on YouTube? But the jamz are great.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

i couldnt find the studio album so I listened to the originals by Ornette Coleman. While my depth of knowledge of jazz music is limited I thoroughly enjoyed his work.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

It one of the strangest things that I ever listen to, but still very powerful and I don't know why I liked it, but I liked it. I'm not a jazz fan, but this kind of thing touches me in some way that is strongest than my comprehension

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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

Exellent avant garde jazz sound but cannot get the album unfortunately.

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Fri Jul 30 2021
4

this specific album was not on Spotify, but John Zorn's songs were. I liked a lot of them, but the more out-there songs/instrumentals were not my favorite.

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Sun Nov 07 2021
4

Jazzy, funky fun It wasn't on spotify, I listened to it on youtube.

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Sat Nov 13 2021
4

Dirty jazz

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Fri Mar 25 2022
4

I like weird stuff! But i probably wouldn't listen again

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Thu Mar 31 2022
4

Couldn't find this exact album but listened to some other stuff. It was alright.

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Wed Apr 06 2022
4

Explosive. Noise rock fused with jazz. Very energetic, very upbeat, very experimental and free. The album does not really have any sort of direction or flow, but it is fun to listen to and keeps me on the edge of my seat. At times it can seem like a battle of the bands between the two saxophonists, and at others they synergize well; I prefer the latter. A great showcase of talent here and it is good to hear something so experimental.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
4

Me ha parecido un flipe. Difícil, pero flipante. Nunca he escuchado el Jazz como se escucha aquí. Brutal.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

It's loud, it's obnoxious and it's unsettling. But isn't that the point of jazz? John Zorn pushes the Avante Garde sound of jazz to the limits where it almost sounds like heavy metal - again, isn't that the point of jazz? To experiment? Spy vs. Spy is a great symphonic, catastrophic wall of noise that somehow flows into a very good album. 4/5.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
4

Bat shit crazy but wonderful

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Thu Oct 20 2022
4

This is an extreme musical example of the Marmite principle - and I wanted to slather it all over my morning bitterly toast, then lick the knife. Granted, you can’t listen to this all day, everyday: it’s an assault on your brain and ears which doesn’t leave you much choice other than to turn the volume firmly down then rip off the knob or jump right in and let the chaos wash over you. But. It’s chaos built on a foundation of incredible talent and musicianship. Two saxophone, two drum kits and a bass guitar all improvising and able to remain in some Free Jazz hive mind state. Most of the album is so perilously on the edge of descending and unraveling into an inaudible dirge - but they some how keep enough tension between them to keep walking along the tightrope. However there are also examples of more traditional harmonies and jazz rhythms (Ecars, Feet Music & Mob Job) to show that these are a group of musicians right at the top of thier game. And fuck me, rather this than Oasis, The Manics or The Stones. At least they won’t die wondering “What if…?”

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Sun Oct 30 2022
4

8/10

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Wed Nov 09 2022
4

When my mom complains that all jazz sounds made up, this is what she must be referring to. I love it

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Sun Dec 04 2022
4

I found this baffling, intense, gut wrenching, and cool as hell

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Fri Feb 12 2021
3

Jazzy

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Thu Nov 26 2020
3

This was a special album, chaotic jazz if I had to describe it. I liked it more then i excpected. 7/10

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Mon Jun 14 2021
3

Veel klonk hetzelfde, maar toch weer anders. Niet 100 % mijn ding, maar wel van genoten

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Tue Feb 16 2021
3

ouf hardcore jazz, not my tempo.

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Fri Jul 02 2021
3

Nicht zu finden daher auch nicht zu bewerten

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Fri Apr 30 2021
3

Well, this sure is Jazz lol. Idk why but this just sounds chaotic to me. I know that's part of what Jazz is, but holy cow. Didn't listen to the whole thing cuz it's hard for me to find, but it was good. Hard to work to though.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

listening to this on youtube like the old times. what an intro lol. chaotic as fuck, which is satisfying in a way lol. i've FELT like this. the album art is really appropriate. this is pretty new to me and idk if i'll come back to it but i'm certainly not bored atm. nvm i got bored at some point. they really did not stop one second until broadway blues lol.

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Fri Aug 20 2021
3

Noisy, not huge on it, but that's mainly a style thing rather than an objectively bad record.

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Fri Sep 03 2021
3

so glad i’m hearing this before i die. dumb chaos kinda love it. can’t give it more than a 3 though

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Thu Sep 30 2021
3

I couldn't access it on Spotify but had to find an incomplete Youtube Playlist. Boy, barrage indeed. I think I'd like it more if it were more noisy, ironically? If it were more of a single tonality it might create more interesting tones, but as it is there's just tooooo much going on.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
3

This is so intense, I cannot concentrate. I respect this but I don't enjoy it. Does make me want to explore his music more though.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
3

pretty inessential zorn but still a pretty fun time.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
3

Please calm down.

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Thu Nov 04 2021
3

Couldn't find this specific album on Spotify but listened to a lot of Ornette Coleman. Great sax and stand up bass!

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Mon Nov 29 2021
3

Quick chaos

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Fri Dec 03 2021
3

Not a huge fan of this one

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Sun Dec 19 2021
3

Nice. Not my favorite Zorn album - I would have rather seen the incredibly fun Morricone deconstruction The Big Gundown or the somber and poignant Kristallnacht on this list, or if you're going for the hyperactive cartoon jazz specifically, the first Naked City album, or the jazz/grindcore crossover, Painkiller's Guts of a Virgin. With all that being said, this is still a great Zorn album, and I'd rather have this on here than nothing at all.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

a cleverly crafted mess

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Fri Mar 25 2022
3

Pros: - Exciting free jazz! - While listening, I didn't realize that I had another chrome tab open that had a chess streamer talking in the background at a very low volume. She was talking about pawn promotion and when the songs finished I would hear that faintly and it enhanced the experience! - If you forget to grab a coffee in the morning, just put this on. It'll wake yo ass up! - In the big scheme of abstract music / modern music / new music, this is totally palatable. Cons: - While incredibly dynamic, I would love some dynamicity (had to google that to check) in the tempi! Let's get some slow jams in there. Misc: - John Zorn is a cool wild dude. One of my regrets from when I was in music school was not going to his music venue The Stone ever- which had an arrangement with my school program where we would get reduced/free tickets and then we would get school credit for attending a modern music performance. Friends went a few times and ended up meeting him, gah! the regret! - He's definitely a modern pioneer of free jazz, and the genre is so important to popularizing the idea that any type of music can be free and untamed. I'm speculating, but a large amount of people probably find it novel and/or interesting but maybe without seeing the value beyond a single listen through. But outside of that large amount there's probably a few people that find the concept of this kind of music really intriguing and love it. For that reason alone I think it deserves a place on the list. I genuinely feel that every musician who writes music has a little bit of a duty to do something new with their music that expands music as a whole, even if they are a 99% clone of their favorite artist, if they just do 1% of something new that allows a new younger musician to make something with that 1%, then that is fulfilling a duty to the worldwide community of music. John Zorn is probably more like 75% new ideas and 25% built on the backs of people like Ornette Coleman, so John Zorn is a real one.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
3

So THIS is “death jazz”! It’s definitely an acquired taste, but I do love trying to pick up on melodies, only to be painfully wrong every time. The chaos almost puts you in a trance, and has a calming-ish affect…? But would also be good to put on loop if you were trying to torture someone…?

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Fri Mar 25 2022
3

A little tough to find online because it's not available on streaming but almost all of the songs are on Youtube and someone put together a playlist in tracklist order. This is so up my alley right now because I've actually been listening to a lot of Ornette Coleman recently while I write. He's an incredible jazz artist who essentially invented free jazz, where you deliberately play atonal notes and sometimes ignore the melody all together. (The album of his I've listened to the most is "Change of the Century" and it's a good intro to the style because it's mostly melodic jazz with some experimental stuff in the improvisations.) I think it's so cool that someone drew a line between free jazz and hardcore punk. I remember listening to the title track on "Change of the Century" and thinking, "This is crazy. This has such a punk rock attitude.” It still sounds wild in 2022 and must have been truly nuts in the late 1950's. But a lot of the songs that John Zorn and his band cover on this album are already so fast and chaotic that playing them even faster and louder and more chaotic turns them into more of an experimental curiosity than anything I'd actually want to listen to for fun. You have to be in the mood to be musically assaulted. Still, some songs really worked for me. "Good Old Days" has blasts of pure noise but breathes enough that you can follow the structure. (It was also one of the only songs I knew going into this so it was cool to hear.) "The Disguise," "Blues Connotation," "Ecars," and "Broadway Blues" stood out to me too. (Also, having two drummers is such a crazy, cool thing to do. I love that.)

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Fri Apr 15 2022
3

Nice.

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Wed Jun 01 2022
3

A song or two of this is good. You know, 3 to 5 minutes or so. But a whole album? The problem with free jazz is that because there is no structure, every song starts to run together. There is no contrast. By the time any song sounded different, I was about 20 minutes into the album. That's a problem. It's just... all over the place. Not something I need to revisit.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
3

You know what this isn't that bad once you lean into it. Not on Spootify but there's some good youtube playlists with the full album, and making it to the end is definitely an achievement. Kinda like reading Ulysses, but with more squonking.

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Mon Jun 20 2022
3

I didn’t think I’d like this but it was good. Very jazzy but better than I’d anticipated.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
3

6/10. I was expecting much worse for one of the lowest rated albums on the list. I liked it overall, but it is definitely a bit too frantic to comfortably listen to in the background, and I am not really one for actively listening to stuff without lyrics, so there's not really a good niche for listening to this, but it wasn't bad.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
3

Not available so gave it average rating

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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

Madness

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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

Very surprising, it’s like they’re an instrumental jazz Slayer cover band. The 2x Sax and 2x drummers appear to be racing to finish the song first

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Wed Jul 27 2022
3

Really really chaotic like an episode of little bill

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Wed Aug 10 2022
3

Like the chaos , but didn't touch me A 3.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
3

Crazy, and a great, more contemporary example of jazz fusion, but a bit rough to listen to

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Sun Sep 25 2022
3

It’s like if porno music was angry while high on crack cocaine. Oddly enough, I’m kinda about it.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
3

Initially I wasn't going to listen to this as it wasn't available on Spotify, and I couldn't be fussed with YouTube ads, but was persuaded to I'd give it a try... and wow! On the surface it's audacious, annoying, violent, batshit bonkers, some kind of avant-garde post-punk jazz! But within that utter chaos there's something beautiful, a raw talent. The more I thought about it, the more affection I felt towards it. 3.5

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

You can hear the effort that goes into making these sounds with those instruments. As a counter-point as to what music 'is' vs. 99% of material on 1001's albums, i think it's inclusion on the list is justified. Sure it's not easy listening, but bloody hell do I wish I could thrash a drum kit/sax/trumpet like that.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

Well, I made it through the whole thing! I skimmed some of the reviews beforehand and was understandably apprehensive haha. At first, I found it a little too chaotic for my liking. The energy was always super intense. The album grew on me, though. Either that or the second half of the record is actually more digestible to the average listener. "Good Old Days" and "The Disguise" were really great. So was "Feet Music". The rest I'd either actively avoid or just wouldn't go out of my way to listen to, but this is far from the worst album on this project.

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Sun Oct 30 2022
3

Good album.

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Mon Nov 07 2022
3

First time listening to avantgarde jazz.Even though it is not my style I enjoyed it. Great find.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
3

This was intense! Interesting and exciting but 40 minutes of it may be just too much at once for me. 3.4

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Fri Feb 12 2021
2

Not gonna lie, this one was a bit too jazzy for me

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Mon Jun 28 2021
2

Wikipedia says the album "approaches free jazz from the perspective of hardcore punk, particularly taking note of the contemporary innovations of thrashcore and grindcore." FOH with that horseshit. There's a ton of technical skill on display, but it's masturbatory and painful. Those words shouldn't go together. Best track: Good Old Days

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Fri Mar 26 2021
2

Too chaotic for my taste.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
2

I can appreciate it but I didn't really enjoy it

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Mon Jul 19 2021
2

Je n’ai pas ecoute, la 1ere chanson sur youtube etait too much pour moi. Et l’album n,est pas sur spotify.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
2

Jazz rápido.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
2

Unremitting. I didn't mind it when I was concentrating/working but not the kind of thing I'd put on a lazy Summer evening.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
2

I just didn’t get it. I could keep listening to it just to appreciate some of the technical proficiency (only reason I didn’t go 1 star) but it definitely didn’t appeal to me. Also I’m led to believe he maybe just ruined Ornette Coleman’s music lol ?

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Mon Feb 15 2021
2

Production: 10/20 Songwriting: 6/20 Innovation: 12/20 Bangers: 0/20 Emotional response: 2/20 =30 It was very lucky to get two stars because it sounded like a fucking headache. I had to give it relatively high for innovation because I’ve literally never heard anything like this before, and I gave it half marks for production because I could only find are YouTube playlist of it, some of them are quite badly compressed so it was hard for me to tell what was going on production wise

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Fri Jul 02 2021
2

Puh

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Sun Apr 04 2021
2

Meh. It’s decent but not very interesting

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Wed Apr 07 2021
2

Intense as fuck

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Fri Jun 11 2021
2

Man I just can’t subject myself to this. The proficiency of playing is impressive but this is just too much loud, angry chaos.

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Wed May 12 2021
2

Um . . . I said the previous album was unchallenging to listen to. That is not the case here. I’ve always found jazz a kinda gimmicky genre and never really felt the desire to do a deep dive into it, which I’m sure is what would give me an appreciation for it; and this is that only more so. In the global stats for the website I’m getting these album suggestions from, which lets you rate them, this is the 6th lowest rated album. Favourite track: “Good Old Days.”

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Fri Jun 11 2021
2

Not my thing. I guess I don't get this kind of jazz. No emotional connection. It's forgettable.

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Wed Oct 20 2021
2

Didn't like tbqh

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Fri Oct 22 2021
2

Wtf

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Fri Nov 19 2021
2

Ouch. What cacaphony

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Sun Nov 21 2021
2

Hmmm

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Wed Dec 15 2021
2

not my bag baby

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Thu Dec 16 2021
2

I hated listening to this, but I respect this album for being what it is and just going for it

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Fri Jan 21 2022
2

Noise

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Thu Feb 03 2022
2

I couldn't find this record anywhere. The only thing I could find was a Spotify playlist of the Ornette Coleman songs on this record. The playlist is titled "Spy vs Spy: Ornette Coleman Plays the Music of Ornette Coleman That John Zorn Would Later Play Faster." HAHAHAHA! So, taking this music on its merits - It's some great jazz. But I can't really rate Zorn's version, so I'll give it a 2.5, rounded down to 2.0 for not being available. And, for seemingly trying to improve upon something already great.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
2

John Zorn can fuck right off, but not in a hateful way. You hear the first track, you've heard them all. Best Tracks: Chronology; Good Old Days; Blues Connotation

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Wed Mar 02 2022
2

Artsy, fartsy, knarzi. Ich bin ja ein großer Fan von solcher Art Musik, aber das ist einfach nur Schrott.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
2

Kind of cool if hard to listen to. Top trolling having this on here honestly.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
2

Plainly, this is way outside of my normal quite eclectic musical boundary. Life's too short unfortunately.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
2

This was too stressfull

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Wed Mar 30 2022
2

I like jazz, but I don't posses enough wisdom and genre understanding to find this album satisfactory. I couldn't find any pleasure in the cacophony of sounds, aggressive drumming in these interpretations of Ornette Coleman (original is much more like my cup of tea). However, in all this musical chaos it had some somewhat enjoyable moments, which corresponded with the band gaining (perhaps unwanted) harmony. Overall it wasn't a good album for me, but I understand the reasons to put it on the list.

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Tue Apr 05 2022
2

Listen...just because you "can" get together with a drummer and trumpeter in a fluorescent-lit office at 4 am on a tuesday, inhale a 1'' x 8'' line of [redacted], and have an epileptic episode into a saxophone until the room is drenched in sweat and [redacted], doesn't mean you "should"... Though I do appreciate that kind of explosion of sound is contemporary art, raw emotion tripping over itself in an avalanche of controlled chaos. I don't dislike it, but it does not bring great pleasure to my ears. Intrigue? Yes. Pleasure? No. Do I respect it? Yes. Do I want more? No.

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Wed Apr 13 2022
2

I wanted to like it but it’s too hard for me

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Wed Apr 13 2022
2

idk if audio-induced epilepsy is a thing, but if it is, there should be a warning at the beginning of this album

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Thu Apr 14 2022
2

Sounds like a mental breakdown. Did not hate it.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
2

difficult

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Sun May 08 2022
2

Whoa. Exuberant sonic assault. I mean, I'm pleased for them and all that they were able to have fun, but this just smacked me in the goolies. For half an hour.

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Wed Jun 01 2022
2

Spastic. I'm not sure I've ever heard jazz played with such ferocity. It's an interesting experiment - like someone thought "what if we tried to play jazz not like jazz at all"? I know of free jazz thanks to some earlier albums on this list and this album is like free jazz on speed; tempo cranked up a bunch of notches and like they're trying to hit the drums as hard as they can or play the sax as loud or whiny as they can. It is different, I'll give it that. Nice to know it exists but not sure I need to listen to it again - Good Old Days and Feet Music being two cool exceptions. I can see how the album is on this list for its uniqueness but it's not for me.

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Wed Jun 01 2022
2

Weird as hell and I think would be fun to see live but definitely not my jam

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Fri Jun 17 2022
2

VERY BUSY. Technically obviously a very strong performance, but overall just not very enjoyable to listen to. And music needs to be enjoyable to listen to

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Fri Jul 22 2022
2

If you were to call an album punk/thrashcore jazz - this would be it. Like all good thrashcore music Spy vs Spy is a wild ride that doesn't let up. The frenetic pace of it all and, the fact there are two saxophonists isolated in each ear make it feel like you don't know which direction you're being pulled in, or really what you are listening to. At times it can feel like a noise explosion. I'm quite used to hearing thrashcore when it's coupled with metal music, however with the type of instrumentation used here it's something that is completely foreign and a little grating at times. Best: Ecars Worst: Peace Warriors Note: This album was not on Spotify at all, so had to resort to ol' mate YouTube.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
2

When I started this album, I thought that it was quite a tough listen (and it is) but as it went on I realised that it sort of forces you to listen to it and do nothing else but listen to it and once I did that I did end up enjoying it. It's clear that the various musicians are incredibly talented. 2/5 Absolute chaos. Definitely not for everyone

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Thu Aug 11 2022
2

Difficile d’évaluer la musique, parce que le mix est un vrai fouilli, principalement les deux batteries qui ont tellement de réverbération, que je ne distingue à peu près rien. La musique d’Ornette Coleman est généralement interprétée de façon très dense. Quand on ne distingue rien, ça fait une grosse bouette et on peine à imaginer que les musiciens s’écoutent et on est sirpri que tous arrivent en même temps à la fin des pièces. Point positif, il y a beaucoup d’énergie dans l’album. Ça recrinque !!

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Wed Aug 17 2022
2

Too experimental

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Thu Aug 18 2022
2

Jazz instrumental. Disonante. Difícil de escuchar

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Sun Sep 04 2022
2

1/17, 6%

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Fri Sep 16 2022
2

Very much not for me. I can appreciate the talent of the music, but cannot listen to the full album. Sends my ADHD into overdrive.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
2

i mean, i'm impressed by it and its left a mark on me, but fucking hell that is an assault on the senses. stressed me out but still better than any country music and john fucking lennon.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
2

My parents did it

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Thu Sep 29 2022
2

I'm glad that someone made this and it exists. I don't ever want to listen to it again. There's something about it, like when you go to an art gallery and see some pretentious shit and think, "My toddler could do that." But there is some subtle difference. This is the musical equivalent of Tate Modern finger painting.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
2

Meh

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Thu Oct 20 2022
2

Had some moments when it was less manic, but this is way too avant-garde for me

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Wed Oct 26 2022
2

It sounded like a bunch of 1st graders got released into a room full of jazz instruments and were graded on who could make the loudest noises. There were moments of harmony far and few between, I will slide this though as a 2. Could only find this album on YouTube.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
2

this is pretty chaotic for me but giving credit where credit is due, these are talented musicians

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Fri Nov 18 2022
2

Chaos! That's the first thing that comes to mind during the opening track of Spy Vs Spy, an aural assault that continues through the album. It reminds me of before band class when everyone blows on their instrument independent from one another, trying to drown each other out. If you made a movie about a character that goes on an extended bender, then their life spirals out of control, freaking out until they die, this would be the "music" for that soundtrack! I was going to stop listening during the first track, but the masochist in me kept me from turning it off. Bad decision!

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Wed Nov 30 2022
2

Not on Spotify, big L because it sounded cool

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Thu Dec 08 2022
2

Typical not-quite-chaos of OC, hard to listen to

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Fri Feb 12 2021
1

Hated this, I like jazz but i don't like the discordant clashing jazz i just don't find it pleasant.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
1

Free Jazz is not my thing. But at least I got to know the term Free Jazz. But luckily there were some not that extreme Free Jazz song on there. Spotify did not work for me on this Album so I had to turn to YouTube.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
1

...Todo el maldito disco suena como si estuvieras viendo "Saturday Night Live" y estuvieran por irse a comerciales... he dicho

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Fri Apr 30 2021
1

Chinguen a su madre.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
1

Way too intense jazz. Pretty much just noise and not music. Tough to listen to

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Wed Mar 17 2021
1

Pretty much hated it. Jazz kinda stinks.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
1

I was today years old when I discovered that Free Jazz is a thing and today years old when I discovered that I am not a fan.

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Mon Feb 15 2021
1

First, the important business: Spotify can dine on a bowl of fat ones for not letting you play albums (even shuffled!) on the free version of the mobile app. Instead, you must listen with the other artist's stuff shuffled into your shuffled album. Google confirms this is a conscious choice to be insufferable. BIOYA. Second, the allegedly important business: this album. I feel like I'm being run over by a gaggle of saxophonists. This is jazz for crackheads. I feel like I'm in a manic montage in a Tom and Jerry cartoon being artfully brutalized in comic ways. These drums are a Stone Cold Stunner ad nauseam ad infinitum and my eardrums are the Rock bouncing around everywhere. I am far too besieged to score it highly yet far too amused to score it TOO lowly. Too, by way of its homophone two, is the operative word. An album I NEED to hear? In the immortal words of Squidward: "I didn't need to see that." 2/10

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Fri Mar 12 2021
1

Cacophony of sound

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Wed Feb 17 2021
1

Nope

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Wed Feb 17 2021
1

no

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Wed Jun 09 2021
1

Just frenetic jazz ! I’m afraid I can’t even be bothered to listen to that racket again ! *

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Sat Feb 13 2021
1

To many sounds in the music on the album and wasnt a big fan

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Mon Jun 14 2021
1

Nog maar drie nummers ver en ik ben het al beu.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
1

Just no

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Fri May 14 2021
1

1/5 ouch! no way josé!

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Sun Mar 07 2021
1

Definitely not for me! How can they put this shite on the list and miss off Blind Faith, and HOTH and Presence?

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Wed May 12 2021
1

Could barely make it beyond the first track. Terrible.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
1

Angry jazz...hated it

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Sun Jun 27 2021
1

Just too freestyle for me unfortunately

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Sun Jun 27 2021
1

Improv jazz? Just noise, couldn't even make it through the whole album

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Thu May 27 2021
1

I didn’t know saxophones could have aneurysms.

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Fri May 14 2021
1

What on earth is improvised music

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Thu Jun 03 2021
1

This album was not on Spotify so I didn’t listen to the whole thing but I’ve heard enough to know this is not for me

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Thu Jun 10 2021
1

Wow. Pain

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Thu Jun 10 2021
1

is it even music at this point

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Wed Jul 28 2021
1

I like Jazz but this was too off the wall. 3/10.

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Thu Jul 29 2021
1

Not available for me on Spotify. From what I listened to of it on YouTube, this isn't for me. I'm not sure who it even is for. Literally just a wall of sound.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
1

Not good

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Fri Sep 03 2021
1

1 point for just not existing on Spotify and having cool album cover

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Mon Sep 13 2021
1

Sorry but how does this album belong to this list?! It is nothing but noise.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
1

No songs available on spotify

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Wed Sep 29 2021
1

What a fucking din

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Thu Sep 30 2021
1

Crap

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Mon Oct 04 2021
1

Not on Spotify

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Thu Nov 25 2021
1

Awful, like having a class of pre teen music students play whatever they'd like all at the same time

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Thu Nov 25 2021
1

Noise. No better than trashy garage rock or punk. No excuse for it just because it’s rooted in jazz. It is not a pleasant listening experience.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
1

Na

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Thu Jan 20 2022
1

I’d rather give this 0 stars. Discordant noise.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
1

Spotify couldn't play this album for me, glanced over it on YouTube but what the hell was this supposed to be?? Terrible, messy and just plain grating to listen to.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
1

This is like listening to one’s brain deconstruct.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
1

This was awful

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Fri Jan 21 2022
1

This album is utterly bizarre and could be effectively used as an instrument of torture. It's interpretations of old free jazz music but played much faster and less competently. This is album #73 and it's the first one I haven't been able to finish.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
1

Nope. I mean, I realize there's and "art" to this and probably some transcendental poetic meaning to it all - but it's lost on me.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
1

Couldn't do it. Holy fuck. I was asked to turn it off by Mel which really was the only small push I needed.

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Sun Feb 27 2022
1

Rather annoying free jazz.

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