Spillane (album)

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Spillane
Spillane (John Zorn album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by John Zorn
Released 1987
Recorded June-August 1986, June & September 1987 at Radio City Studios, New York, NY; Russian Hill Recording, San Francisco, CA and Metal Box Studio, Tokyo, Japan
Genre Avant-garde
Length 54:01
Label Elektra Nonesuch
Producer John Zorn
John Zorn chronology
Cobra
(1987)Cobra1987
Spillane
(1987)
News for Lulu
(1988)News for Lulu1988

Spillane is an album by American composer and saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist John Zorn, composed of three file-card pieces, as well as a work for voice, string quartet and turntables.

It is named after mystery writer Mickey Spillane, whose novels featuring detective Mike Hammer provided the basis for the album's title track. Zorn wrote Spillane on a series of index cards, each containing an outline or instruction for the musicians that was intended to evoke scenes from one of Spillane's novels. One card states: "Scene of the crime #1 -- high harp harmonics, basses and trombone drone, guitar sonorities, sounds of water dripping and narration on top."[1] Thus, the musicians are not given traditional sheet music, but a series of cues or outlines that encourage improvisation.

Zorn later released the composition Spillane on the compilation album Godard/Spillane (1999).

Reception[edit]

The Allmusic review by Stephen Cook awarded the album 4½ stars stating "Spillane is not only one of the highlights in Zorn's catalog, but also makes for a fine introduction to the composer's vast body of work".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Spillane"25:12
2."Two-Lane Highway: Preacher Man/White Line Fever/Nacogdoches Gumbo/East Texas Freezeout/San Angelo Release/Rollin' to Killeen/Blowout/Devil's Highway/Midnight Standoff/Marchin' for Abilene"13:30
3."Two-Lane Highway: Hico Killer/Long Mile to Houston"4:46
4."Forbidden Fruit (Variations for Voice, String Quartet and Turntables)"10:20

Personnel[edit]

1 - "Spillane" (25:12)
Recorded (June/August 1986) and Mixed (August 1987) by Don Hünerberg at NBC Radio City Studios, New York City
Written and arranged by John Zorn in collaboration with:

"Two-Lane Highway" (18:16)
2 - Preacher Man/White Line Fever/Nacogdoches Gumbo/East Texas Freezeout/San Angelo Release/Rollin' to Killeen/Blowout/Devil's Highway/Midnight Standoff/Marchin' for Abilene (13:30)
3 - Hico Killer/Long Mile to Houston (4:46)
Recorded (June 1987) and mixed (August 1987) by Don Hünerberg at NBC Radio City Studios, New York City
Conceived and arranged by John Zorn for Albert Collins in collaboration with:

4 - "Forbidden Fruit" (Variations for Voice, String Quartet and Turntables) (10:20)
Recorded September 1987 at Russian Hill Recording, San Francisco, by Howard Johnston, and at Metal Box Studio, Tokyo by Ono Seigen. Mixed September 1987 by Ono Seigen at CBS Roppongi Studios, Tokyo.
Written and arranged by John Zorn in collaboration with:

Credits[edit]

  • Produced by John Zorn
  • Two-Lane Highway produced by John Zorn and David Breskin
  • Mastering: Robert C. Ludwig
  • Art direction and design: Carin Goldberg
  • Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz
  • Thanks to David Breskin, Yale Evelev, Peter Clancy, Jennifer Keats, David Bither, Bruce Iglauer, Hilton Weinberg, Andy Haas, Kondo Toshinori, Azuma Eiichi, The Shifting Foundation
  • Albert Collins appears courtesy of Alligator Records
  • On the cover: Shishido Joe in Kuchibue ga Nagareru Minato Machi (ja), courtesy of Nikkatsu
  • Visit Hip's Road in Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Bracket. Some notes on John Zorn's Cobra. American Music, Vol. 28, No. 1 (Spring 2010), pp. 44-75
  2. ^ a b Cook, S. Allmusic Review accessed March 13, 2009.