Masada: Zayin

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Masada: Zayin
Masada Zayin.jpg
Studio album by John Zorn
Released 1996
Recorded April 16, 1996
Genre Jazz
Length 60:43
Label DIW
Producer John Zorn and Kazunori Sugiyama
Masada chronology
Masada: Vav
(1995)Masada: Vav1995
Masada: Zayin
Masada: Het
(1997)Masada: Het1997
John Zorn chronology
In Memory of Nikki Arane
(1996) In Memory of Nikki Arane1996
Masada: Zayin
(1996) Masada: Zayin1996
Filmworks V: Tears of Ecstasy
(1996) Filmworks V: Tears of Ecstasy1996

Masada: Zayin, also known as Masada 7, is a 1996 album by American composer and saxophonist John Zorn and released on the Japanese DIW label.[1] It is the seventh album of Masada recordings.


The Allmusic review by Don Snowden awarded the album 3 stars stating "Masada's seventh volume sounds almost like an odds-and-sods collection. It's a more fragmentary and disparate disc that doesn't have much musical middle ground -- the extremes between the group's atonal free improv bursts and its more melodic or atmospheric pieces are very pronounced... The music flies all over the map and it sounds like Masada is just wrapping up loose ends or spewing out material based on Zorn's concepts that could have stayed out in the woodshed. Although it's good to hear the group taking some different roads, this is a minor entry in its catalog".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by John Zorn.
  1. "Shevet" – 7:58
  2. "Hath-Arob" – 3:24
  3. "Mahshav" – 6:16
  4. "Shamor" – 5:09
  5. "Bacharach" – 1:24
  6. "Otiot" – 3:27
  7. "Nevuah" – 8:22
  8. "Kedem" – 9:55
  9. "Zemer" – 2:14
  10. "Evel" – 5:35
  11. "Tekufah" – 6:59
  • Recorded at the Power Station, New York City on April 16, 1996



  1. ^ Masada World: Zayin, accessed April 8, 2017
  2. ^ a b Snowden, D. Allmusic Review accessed July 26, 2011