50th Birthday Celebration Volume 5

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50th Birthday Celebration Volume 5
50th Birthday Celebration Volume 5.jpg
Live album by John Zorn and Fred Frith
Released June 29, 2004
Recorded September 15, 2003
Genre Downtown music
Avant-garde jazz
Length 44:53
Label Tzadik TZ 5005
Producer John Zorn
John Zorn chronology
Masada Recital
(2004)
50th Birthday Celebration Volume 5
(2004)
50th Birthday Celebration Volume 6
(2004)
John Zorn & Fred Frith chronology
The Art of Memory
(1994)
50th Birthday Celebration Volume 5
(2004)
The Art of Memory II
(2008)

50th Birthday Celebration Volume 5 is a live album of improvised music by Fred Frith and John Zorn documenting their performance at Tonic in September 2003 as part of Zorn's month-long 50th Birthday Celebration concert series.[1]

Reception[edit]

The Allmusic review by Sean Westergaard awarded the album 4 stars stating "The interplay is simply amazing. Much of it is what you'd expect from free improv, but there are a handful of beautiful, lyrical moments, like those that close the set. Any fan of free improvisation will be thrilled. It doesn't get much better than this."[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by John Zorn and Fred Frith.

No. Title Length
1. "Off Topic" 7:29
2. "Alecto" 3:56
3. "Sowers of Discord" 3:54
4. "Four Corners" 8:14
5. "Level Six Jumping" 4:33
6. "Cruel Abstraction" 6:25
7. "Eumenides Outside the Window" 6:54
8. "Nine-part Invention" 4:37
9. "Cord Trouble and Tuning" 1:38
10. "Astrologers and Magicians" 6:31
  • Recorded live at Tonic in New York City on September 15, 2003

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tzadik catalogue
  2. ^ a b Westergaard, S. Allmusic Review accessed August 1, 2011