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 01:00
2 00:38
3 00:45
4 00:31
5 00:51
6 00:17
7 00:13
8 00:33
9 01:14
10 00:29
11 00:24
12 00:24
13 00:43
14 00:26
15 00:39
16 00:35
17 00:23
18 00:08
19 00:31
20 00:10
21 00:43
22 00:54
23 01:14
24 00:20
25 00:40
26 00:27
27 00:50
28 00:45
29 00:10
30 00:23
31 00:29
32 00:41
33 00:14
34 00:23
35 00:22
36 00:11
37 00:17
38 00:34
39 00:43
40 00:19
41 00:36
42 00:18
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