Lacrosse (1997)

Track Listing:

1-1. Take 3  22:55
1-2. Take 4  18:55
1-3. Take 6  6:10
1-4. Take 1  6:54
1-5. Take 2  8:01
1-6. Take 5  8:14
2-1. Twins Version  29:58


Eugene Chadbourne - Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Dobro, Tiple
John Zorn - Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Clarinet
Davey Williams - Banjo, Electric Guitar (tracks: 1-1 to 1-6) 
Henry Kaiser - Electric Guitar (tracks: 2-1) 
Mark Abbot - Electronics (tracks: 1-1 to 1-6) 
LaDonna Smith - Violin, Viola (tracks: 1-1 to 1-6) 
Polly Bradfield - Violin, Viola, Electric Violin (tracks: 1-1 to 1-6)
Bruce Ackley - Soprano Saxophone
Bruce Ackley, John Zorn - Liner Notes [1978, 1997] 
Eugene Chadbourne - Liner Notes [1978]


All music composed by John Zorn 

Tracks 1-1 to 1-6 were recorded on June 10, 1978 at WKCR in New York. 
On all takes, Bradfield and Williams are on the left channel, Chadbourne and Smith on the right. 
Track 2-1 was recorded June 1977 in San Francisco, CA. 
Tracks 1-3 to 2-1 previously unreleased.


Dating from 1977 Lacrosse contains the first recordings of Zorn’s infamous game pieces. Featuring two all-star groups including guitarists Eugene Chadbourne, Henry Kaiser and Davey Williams, the music here sets the tone for much of what was to come—sharp contrasts, block changes, unusual juxtapositions, instrumental virtuosity and a personal approach to composition, improvisation, sound, silence and color. Previously available in the lavish 7-CD box set The Parachute Years, these seminal recordings are now made available in separate issue. 

The complete sessions on two CDs, including a rare alternative version, outtakes, photos, the original and new liner notes and more. Multiple versions of the same piece highlight the versatility of Zorn’s approach to composing for improvisers. These are the recordings that prompted the critics to ask "Just what is John Zorn’s Theatre of Musical Optics and why is it pertinent to these discs?"

Series:  Archival Series, Game Pieces

Catalogue Number:  73161-2 

Release Date:  1997 (Tzadik) 

Previous Releases:

 Eugene Chadbourne/John Zorn - School, 1978 (Parachute P004&6)
 Parachute Years, 1997 (Tzadik 7316-7)