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The Pillory

by Jasun Martz

A renowned, critically acclaimed masterpiece with Zappa's Eddie Jobson, Ruth Underwood and 40 more top musicians performing eclectic, experimental, contemporary classical, progressive, industrial, tribal, prog rock, ambient, long and lush Mellotron solos
Genre: Avant Garde: Classical Avant-Garde
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When composer and musician Jasun Martz was touring with FRANK ZAPPA on his 1977/78 world tour as Frank's synthesizer programmer, Martz was also composing a symphony- THE PILLORY. The avant-garde, contemporary classical, experimental, prog rock, mellotron masterpiece featured over 40 musicians including members of Zappa's band EDDIE JOBSON (U.K., Roxy Music, King Crimson, Jethro Tull) and RUTH UNDERWOOD (Zappa), PAUL WHITEHEAD and many more top musicians. The recording has been released on 4 different labels through the years and is considered a legendary release. The cover artwork was created especially for The Pillory by renowned French modern master JEAN DUBUFFET. It's an absolutely amazing piece of music.

THIS COLLECTOR'S EDITON includes 4 bonus tracks- "in light, in dark, in between" by Jasun Martz, Eddie Jobson and John Lutrelle.

(Note): THIS IS NOT THE SAME MUSIC AS "THE PILLORY/THE BATTLE" DOUBLE CD also by Jasun Martz and the Intercontinental Philharmonic Orchestra. THIS CD IS TOTALLY DIFFERENT (but similar)- so if you like that CD you will LOVE "The Pillory".

Jasun Martz is an American record producer, composer, musician, fine artist, creative director and sculptor who has worked on several #1 internationally best selling hit records but is probably best known for his contemporary classical symphonies. He has recorded with Michael Jackson (Bad and Dangerous), toured with Frank Zappa and helped arrange one of rock music's best selling hits: We Built this City by Starship.

Also a renowned New York based painter and sculptor, Martz has lived in New York, Los Angeles and London and has created and exhibited "raw expressionist" paintings and papier-mâché sculpture inspired by the subway passengers he encounters in each city. He collaborated with French modern master Jean Dubuffet (the founder of art brut) on Martz’s critically acclaimed avant-garde/ contemporary classical symphony entitled The Pillory.

Reviews: There are hundreds of international reviews for The Pillory. To read more reviews go to: http://www.JasunMartz.com

"TOP ALBUM PICKS- BILLBOARD RECOMMENDED- Not only does Jasun Martz compose, score, conduct and play synthesizers, mellotrons, grand piano, organ, saxophones, vocals and electronics, but he also has some 40 other musicians helping out on this. The result sounds something like the soundtrack to a Roman movie, with endless armies marching across the plains. Best cuts: All of it."-Billboard Magazine, USA

"The Pillory is absolutely one of the most remarkable recordings I have ever heard, dark and beautiful at the same time." -Nicklas Berg, Anekdoten, Sweden

"A masterpiece of neo-classical, avant-garde rock. Highly recommended... The dynamics work together to create a vision of awesome power, with elements of subtlety and extravagance, like a soundtrack to the passage to heaven or hell or both.-Gnosis

"The Pillory is 44 minutes of absorbing, subtly, slowly addictive, soundscapes that no mellotron junkie should miss. Outstanding moments of dark, atmospheric music." -Facelift/UK

"Essential for mellotron fans!" The Encyclopedia of Electronic Music

"Totally unbelievable from start to finish. A monumental recording!"-progressiveears.com / USA

"Unique and uncompromising, this masterpiece of neo-classical avant-garde rock stands alone. The music is haunting, almost frightening at times, like some pagan ritual, yet soothing and surreal with overt dreamlike qualities. Highly recommended!"-Expose/USA

"There are some incredible mellotron passages as well as some phenomenal playing from the Orchestra. Even today it sounds fresh and exhilarating."-Music Uncovered/USA

"Listed, Top 25 albums of all time." -Expose Writers choice, Michael Draine

"The Pillory is one of the major orchestral works of the late 20th century" --Ork Alarm / U.K.

"Unique and uncompromising, this masterpiece of neo-classical avant-garde rock stands alone. The music is haunting, almost frightening at times, like some pagan ritual, yet soothing and surreal with overt dreamlike qualities. Highly recommended!" -Expose/USA

"I must have heard The Pillory thousands of times. When the first peak of the piece hit, I thought I would, either die, go into the 4th dimension, go through the roof or start to fly. It is something else!" -Francois Miron, noted Canadian film director



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Ben Miller

This is simply one of the most unbelievable pieces of music I have ever heard!
This is simply one of the most unbelievable pieces of music I have ever heard! It's not your everyday prog rock, and the music leans much closer to avant garde classical. Fans of avant garde and prog rock fans who need something more "out there" should not go without this album!

Jasun Martz is an American who released this completely unreal album in 1978 called The Pillory on the All Ears label (a short-lived Los Angeles-based label), on clear vinyl. It was later reissued in 1981 on some small label, and it first made its CD debut on the defunct Swedish label Ad Perpetuam Memoriam. Of course if you didn't get your copy when APM was in business, never fear, an American label, Under the Asphalt (apparently Jasun Martz's label, which is great, he would know his own work better than anyone else) made this available again, with the same bonus track, "In Light In Dark In Between". The Neoteric Orchestra features himself, with Ruth Underwood (Zappa, I believe this was her final musical adventure, as she pretty much retired from music since), Eddie Jobson (Curved Air, Roxy Music, Zappa, UK, and later Jethro Tull), and Paul Whitehead (the Genesis and Van der Graaf Generator album cover artist), and tons more, with choir, strings, as well as an assortment of keyboards, including none other the Mellotron! Jasun Martz is no stranger to the mainstream, including some real atrocities, he was said to help arrange the music to Starship's "We Built This City" (yikes!), and played for Michael Jackson (he provided keyboards on "Black and White") (he ended up having to apologize for "We Built This City", which I don't blame him for doing so, it's awful, and the ultra-slick production, the commercial approach, and synthesizers are simply appalling, it's what gave the 1980s a bad name for mainstream music). At least he also played for Zappa (hence the inclusion of Ruth Underwood on The Pillory). Nothing even remotely mainstream here, not when the influences here are the likes of King Crimson and Stravinsky. You won't mistake this for lite classical, and you won't mistake this for the Moody Blues that's for sure. The album starts off really sinister, so much so it would give King Crimson a run for their money! Then you hear this weird chanting, then some extended unaccompanied Mellotron certainly to blow you away. You'll hear some wailing sounds that were created from a bendable plastic tube you twirl around (they called it a "wind hose" in the credits, in which Jasun Martz himself is credited, along with his usual array of keyboards and percussion). Some really experimental percussion, then some grand organ, and some really majestic Mellotron passages (strings, brass, flute, choir). There's also this grandiose pipe organ passage that's truly out of this world. Actually this pipe organ actually turns out to be the seldom used pipe organ tron tapes! The GForce M-Tron has the tron pipe organ as part of their package and it sounds exactly like what I hear on this album. Cathedral (the '70s American band, that is) used a little tron pipe organ on their Stained Glass Stories album from around the same time period (you'll hear it on "Introspect"). There are times the Mellotron will reminds you of Crimson's "Devil's Triangle", but with an even more sinister feel. I really love how the music can be extremely sinister, and at other times peaceful (but you know that doomy sound is always lurking). The bonus cut is from an early '80s recording with a couple of Neoteric Orchestra members. This one has a more conventional chamber feel to it, lacking the Mellotron, although it still gets highly experimental.

In 2004, Jason Martz recorded a sequel called The Pillory/The Battle, which was released in 2005, which is even more ambitious than ever before, with a 115 piece orchestra (but the only familiar face helping out here would be Mark Shreeve, one of Britain's top electronic/New Age musicians). You'll have reminders of the original, but also explorations of world music, industrial, noise, ambient, and so on. Unfortunately the Mellotron this time around is a virtual Mellotron (like the M-Tron) (Andy Thompson, who runs the Planet Mellotron website was to lend a hand in the album, but he didn't have the time, if he did, a real Mellotron would be used on that sequel). But it's nice to see the 1978 original is available once again, and I really suggest you get this if you never got to hear this odd album before.

This is simply one of the most unbelievable pieces of music I have ever heard! It's not your everyday prog rock, and the music leans much closer to avant garde classical. Fans of avant garde and prog rock fans who need something more out there should not go without this album!