John Zorn  

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John Zorn (born September 2 1953 in Queens, USA) is an American avant-garde composer, arranger, record producer, saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist.

Though not well-known to the general public, Zorn's recorded output is astonishingly prolific, with hundreds of album credits as a performer, composer or producer. His work has touched on dozens of musical genres, but he is probably best-known for his jazz and contemporary music; he also led the notable experimental rock group Naked City.



John Zorn's influences include Mauricio Kagel, Napalm Death, James Blood Ulmer, Hasil Adkins, Juan Garcia Esquivel, Roland Kirk, Jazz Composer’s Orchestra, Husker Du, Die Kreuzen, Naked City, Indian Karnatic Jazz (directed by T.K. Ramamurthi), Funkadelic, Beach Boys, Ennio Morricone, Lenny Tristano, and Pharoah Sanders.

Outside of music, John Zorn is fully grounded in twentieth century underground culture, from references to Octave Mirbeau (Torture Garden); French Grand Guignol theatre; Leng Tch'e (see Tears of Eros, Bataille); absinthe (19th century France) to the contemporary fetish scene.


John Zorn appears on over 400 recordings as a composer or performer. This is a selection of recordings released under his name, bands he was/is part of, collaborations with other musicians, and significant albums to which he has contributed. The year indicates when the album was first released and any subsequent years if the following release included additional material.

John Zorn

The Parachute Years (1997)

Box Set featuring the following recordings (also released separately)

Cobra performances

Music Romance series

Filmworks series

with Naked City

with Painkiller

with Hemophiliac

with Masada

with Electric Masada

Masada String Trio

Bar Kokhba Sextet

Masada Anniversary series

50th Birthday Celebration series

Masada Book Two - The Book of Angels

The Moonchild Trio

Album collaborations

Albums featured

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