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From All About Jazz: Baptista & Zorn “Caym: The Book Of Angels Vol. 17”

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Caym:The Book of Angels Vol .17
Tzadik 2011

By Warren Allen
April 29, 2011

“Brazilian master percussionist Cyro Baptista first encountered composer John Zorn back in the early 1980s. Baptista, who has since gone on to work with everyone from singer Paul Simon to cellist Yo Yo Ma, at the time was only recently arrived in New York from Brazil. He and Zorn evidently recognized some common artistic craziness/genius between themselves, and since then Baptista’s wide array of traditional and homemade instruments have been prominently featured in Zorn’s own eclectic ensembles. At the same time, Baptista’ own wild world music ensembles have had numerous releases on Zorn’s Tzadik label.

The Book of Angels is the second volume of Zorn’s Masada Songbook, a collection of several hundred compositions written in 2004 and basically built entirely around two Middle Eastern scales. Since then, Zorn has handed off collections of the songs to various musicians to be arranged and performed anew in a wide variety of contexts. These have ranged from power rock trios and prog rock bands to old school jazz quintets, string chamber groups, and solo explorations. Caym is the seventeenth such volume, and features Baptista’s Banquet of the Spirits, a quartet that has turned out exuberant and eccentric grooves for the past five years. ”

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Cyro Baptista

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John Zorn

See the full article here.

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