In "Arcana: Musicians on Music" (Granary Books), edited by saxophonist and jazz entrepreneur John Zorn and released early this month, some of the more creative improvising musicians on the scene speak out.
Zorn, 46, has been a leader in the world of adventurous jazz and sometimes rock since the early '80s. In "Arcana," he, pianist Myra Melford, guitarists Marc Ribot and Fred Frith and others offer notes, critical papers, scores and manifestos to confront what they perceive to be misrepresentations of their art by the mainstream music press.
In addition, the book offers straightforward information on the art of music making, including guitarist Bill Frisell writing about guitar fingering and trombonist George Lewis discussing teaching improvised music.
Zorn's albums include 1999's Taboo and Exile, which features the track "The Possessed" (RealAudio excerpt).