Masada: Zayin

Masada: Zayin, also known as Masada 7, is a 1996 album by American composer and saxophonist John Zorn and released on the Japanese DIW label.[1] It is the seventh album of Masada recordings.

Masada: Zayin
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Studio album by
RecordedApril 16, 1996
ProducerJohn Zorn and Kazunori Sugiyama
Masada chronology
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Masada: Zayin
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The Allmusic review by Don Snowden awarded the album 3 stars stating "Masada's seventh volume sounds almost like an odds-and-sods collection. It's a more fragmentary and disparate disc that doesn't have much musical middle ground -- the extremes between the group's atonal free improv bursts and its more melodic or atmospheric pieces are very pronounced... The music flies all over the map and it sounds like Masada is just wrapping up loose ends or spewing out material based on Zorn's concepts that could have stayed out in the woodshed. Although it's good to hear the group taking some different roads, this is a minor entry in its catalog".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic     [2]

Track listingEdit

All compositions by John Zorn.
  1. "Shevet" – 7:58
  2. "Hath-Arob" – 3:24
  3. "Mahshav" – 6:16
  4. "Shamor" – 5:09
  5. "Bacharach" – 1:24
  6. "Otiot" – 3:27
  7. "Nevuah" – 8:22
  8. "Kedem" – 9:55
  9. "Zemer" – 2:14
  10. "Evel" – 5:35
  11. "Tekufah" – 6:59
  • Recorded at the Power Station, New York City on April 16, 1996



  1. ^ Masada World: Zayin, accessed January 6, 2020
  2. ^ a b Snowden, D. Allmusic Review accessed July 26, 2011