Masada Rock

Masada Anniversary Edition Vol. 5: Masada Rock
Studio album by John Zorn
Released July 26, 2005
Recorded April 4–6, 2005
Genre Jazz, klezmer, Rock music
Length 47:54
Label Tzadik
Producer John Zorn
John Zorn chronology
Astaroth: Book of Angels Volume 1
Masada Rock
50th Birthday Celebration Volume 11
Rashanim chronology
Masada Rock

Masada Anniversary Edition Vol. 5: Masada Rock is the fifth and final album in a series of five releases celebrating the 10th anniversary of John Zorn's Masada songbook project.[1] It features 10 Masada songs performed by Jon Madof's Rashanim trio with Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz on bass and Mathias Kunzli on drums in addition to Madof's guitar with guest appearances from Marc Ribot on two tracks. It was released in 2005 on Zorn's Tzadik Records as part of the Radical Jewish Culture Series.


Allmusic music critic Sean Westergaard wrote "The tunes range stylistically from some sort of ethnic surf music to punk jazz to beautiful acoustic pieces... A wide ranging program to be sure, but very well done."[2] On All About Jazz Kurt Gottschalk observed "Madof is a valuable new gun-for-hire in town and he proves himself here to be both a delicate and a hard-rocking player. If at times his blister is a little over the top (as on "Chorek and "Zemanim ), the mad swerves between head-solo-head and head-headbang-head are not so far removed from Zorn's cut-and-paste projects of the '80s."[3]

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Track listing

  1. "Bahir" – 4:10
  2. "Makom" – 5:21
  3. "Zidon" – 4:39
  4. "Shadrakh" – 4:57
  5. "Chorek" – 4:58
  6. "Anakim" – 5:15
  7. "Zemanim" – 3:45
  8. "Ahavah" – 3:26
  9. "Arad" – 3:02
  10. "Terumah" – 8:27
All compositions by John Zorn.



  1. Tzadik catalogue
  2. 1 2 Westergaard, Sean. "Masada Rock > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 13, 2010.
  3. Gottschalk, K., All About Jazz Review, November 24, 2005
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