Naked City

Torture Garden

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From the violent cover art to the Japanese text inside the album, at first glance one might mistake Torture Garden for a fetishist soundtrack. But jazz madman John Zorn and Boredoms frontman Yamatsuka Eye assembled another group of open-minded musicians to carry on their vision of grindcore and jazz uniting. Distinguished musicians Wayne Horovitz and Bill Frisell help Zorn and Eye take this from a curious side project to a fantastic metal band. Songs blur together but never get boring, no lyrics are actually sung, and few songs last longer than a minute. It also never takes itself seriously, a nice relief from Zorn's heavy-handed ambient collaborations. This would make a great introduction to the noise/jazz efforts that this group of musicians pioneered in the early '90s.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 1:00
2 0:38
3 0:45
4 0:31
5 0:51
6 0:17
7 0:13
8 0:33
9 1:14
10 0:29
11 0:24
12 0:24
13 0:43
14 0:26
15 0:39
16 0:35
17 0:23
18 0:08
19 0:31
20 0:10
21 0:43
22 0:54
23 1:14
24 0:20
25 0:40
26 0:27
27 0:50
28 0:45
29 0:10
30 0:23
31 0:29
32 0:41
33 0:14
34 0:23
35 0:22
36 0:11
37 0:17
38 0:34
39 0:43
40 0:19
41 0:36
42 0:18
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