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Spy vs Spy (album)

Spy vs Spy
John Zorn
Released 1989
Recorded August 18, & 19 1988
Genre Avant-garde
Free jazz
Punk jazz
Length 40:32
Label Elektra/Musician
Producer John Zorn
John Zorn chronology

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Spy vs Spy: The Music of Ornette Coleman is a 1989 album by American composer and saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist John Zorn, featuring the compositions of Ornette Coleman performed in the brief intense style of Zorn's hardcore miniatures.

The liner notes thank Ornette and Denardo Coleman, Mick Harris of Napalm Death, Ted Epstein of Blind Idiot God, Pil of Lip Cream (a Japanese thrashcore group), The Accused, Craig Flanagan, DRI, CBGB, and "the New York-London-Tokyo Hardcore Triangle".[1] The cover artwork was created by indie comics personality Mark Beyer (of Amy and Jordan fame). The album itself approaches free jazz from the perspective of hardcore punk, particularly taking note of the contemporary innovations of thrashcore and grindcore. Zorn would later pursue these preoccupations in the thrash jazz group Naked City.

Like some classic free jazz albums (Free Jazz, Ascension, Archie Shepp's Mama Too Tight), different saxophonists improvise simultaneously in stereo. Tim Berne appears on the left channel, while John Zorn is recorded on the right channel.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Guy's Music Review 8/10 stars[3]

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4½ stars stating "The performances are concise with all but four songs being under three minutes and seven under two, but the interpretations are unremittingly violent. The lack of variety in either mood or routine quickly wears one out".[2] Guy Peters stated "Spy Vs. Spy may be to jazz what Reign in Blood is to metal: one giant aural assault of skull-breaking volume and intensity that encompasses many accomplishments of before, channels them, lights the fuse and launches it with the sole purpose of kicking your ass".[3]

Track listing

  1. "WRU" - 2:38
  2. "Chronology" - 1:08
  3. "Word for Bird" - 1:14
  4. "Good Old Days" - 2:44
  5. "The Disguise" - 1:18
  6. "Enfant" - 2:37
  7. "Rejoicing" - 1:38
  8. "Blues Connotation" - 1:05
  9. "C. & D." - 3:05
  10. "Chippie" - 1:08
  11. "Peace Warriors" - 1:20
  12. "Ecars" - 2:28
  13. "Feet Music" - 4:45
  14. "Broad Way Blues" - 3:42
  15. "Space Church" - 2:28
  16. "Zig Zag" - 2:54
  17. "Mob Job" - 4:24
All Compositions by Ornette Coleman
  • Recorded at Power Station, New York City on August 18 and 19, 1988



External links

  • Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company

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