Xaphan: Book of Angels Volume 9

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Xaphan: Book of Angels Volume 9
Xaphan (album).jpg
Studio album by Secret Chiefs 3
Released May, 2008
Genre Avant-garde
Length 55:29
Label Tzadik
Producer Trey Spruance
Book of Angels chronology
Volac: Book of Angels Volume 8
(2007)Volac: Book of Angels Volume 82007
Xaphan: Book of Angels Volume 9
Lucifer: Book of Angels Volume 10
(2008)Lucifer: Book of Angels Volume 102008
Secret Chiefs 3 chronology
Path of Most Resistance
(2007) Path of Most Resistance2007
Xaphan: Book of Angels Volume 9
(2008) Xaphan: Book of Angels Volume 92008
Le Mani Destre Recise Degli Ultimi Uomini
(2009) Le Mani Destre Recise Degli Ultimi Uomini2009

Xaphan: Book of Angels Volume 9 is an album by the Secret Chiefs 3 performing compositions from John Zorn's second Masada book, "The Book of Angels".[1][2] It is the fifth studio album to be released by the Secret Chiefs 3. As with the other volumes of the Book of Angels series, the titles of the songs are characters from Jewish and Christian mythology. The title of the album, Xaphan refers to one of the fallen angels who rebelled with Satan and set the Heaven on fire.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Scene Point Blank9/10 stars[3]

The Scene Point Blank review by Kevin Fitzpatrick stated "Spruance is a noted perfectionist and as such, surrounds himself with great musicians he can count on to deliver the goods. This will always be a good thing and with Xaphan showcasing the likes of Tim Smolens and Ches Smith, you can pretty much guarantee an album of substance, worth, and beauty that has become a cornerstone of both Zorn and Spruance’s work throughout their career".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by John Zorn.




  1. ^ Tzadik website: album details accessed June 22, 2018
  2. ^ "Secret Chiefs 3: Xaphan: Book of Angels Vol. 9". Web of Mimicry Online Store. Web of Mimicry. Archived from the original on August 27, 2011. Retrieved June 30, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Scene Point Blank Review, accessed June 22, 2018
  4. ^ "Secret Chiefs 3 Plays John Zorn – Xaphan: Book Of Angels Volume 9". Discogs.com. Discogs. Retrieved July 6, 2011.

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