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by Zan Zone

Cinematic in scope, and three years in the making, SHORTS is a collection of thirteen intriguing "musical screenplays". Cherry picked from four decades of songwriting, these diverse, mini-movie-like songs stand as an unusually captivating piece of work.
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Paean to the Muse
2:14 $0.99
2. One Step Left
4:27 $0.99
3. Ice Day
5:46 $0.99
4. Days of Our Lives
6:39 $0.99
5. Metamorphosis
4:26 $0.99
6. Things That Make Me Cry
4:37 $0.99
7. Only the Earth Endures
8:00 $0.99
8. Bad Timing
5:36 $0.99
9. I Color Me Blue
7:03 $0.99
10. Jalopy
3:40 $0.99
11. Learning How to Love
9:30 $0.99
12. Fly Away
6:36 $0.99
13. I'm On My Way
5:05 $0.99
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Album Notes
Camera? Rolling! Sound? Speed! Action!... Cinema is experienced through sight and sound. Music is only sound - or is it? On the new Zan Zone album, Shorts, the music seeks to emulate the cinema, to illuminate in the mind's eye as well as the ear the story each song has to tell. Zan Burnham, principal writer of these mini-movies, has gathered thirteen intriguing "musical screenplays" from hundreds of songs he's written over almost forty years. Shorts follows 2009's Time & Materials, which was well praised and has been played on quite a few radio shows.

Matt M. from RadioIndy.com said about Time and Materials, "This is a strong album that is for music lovers and musicians alike and proves to be rootsy, melodic, and quite interesting." However, unlike the all-acoustic Time & Materials with it's fairly minimal production values, this new album is at a whole other level. Shorts features 19 superb musicians and singers who create an inspired environment for each song. The dominant musical characters are acoustic and electric guitars, violin and vibraphone. Backed with a solid rhythmic foundation, the songs also have banjo, mandolin, cello, accordion, lap steel and glockenspiel in supporting roles. Added to all that are soundscapes and effects that enhance the listener's feeling of place, as if they're watching thirteen little movies. Now playing - Shorts film festival! Bring your ears and imaginations.

From baroque-folk to modern folk with a string quartet; from jazz to rock; from a torch song to a western, and from reggae to hybrid country-afro-beat-ska, Shorts covers tremendous range and depth. Lyrically, the songs are revelational and allagorical. These sound pictures revolve around themes of beginnings and endings, death and rebirth. Even the three instrumentals hint at these concepts. Recorded at Zan's home studio, and at the esteemed Atlantic Sound Studios in DUMBO, Shorts is fortunate to feature many great musicians and singers. Besides Brooklyn-based band leader Zan Burnham, who has notched almost 40 years of playing guitar, there's his former bandmate from their early 20's, Bill Ware, who has, for decades, been one of the top vibes players in the world. Bill's long career includes two years of touring in the 1990's as part of Steely Dan, recording with Elvis Costello and David Byrne, among others, and on-going participation with numerous jazz groups who tour worldwide. Charlie Burnham (no relation to Zan), besides playing half a dozen instruments, has played violin in James Blood Ulmer's band as well as with Cassandra Wilson. Saddi Zain continues to play his acoustic bass in many broadway pit bands, and he has played all over the world as a sideman and a leader. His counterpart on electric bass, Joe Raposo, who was no doubt musically inspired by his song-writing and piano-playing father, has played electric bass professionally for decades. Joe Raposo, Sr., wrote many famous songs, including "Bein' Green" and many of the great Sesame Street songs. All 19 musicians and singers on this project are immensely talented and possess great skills which are amply demonstrated on Shorts.

Since Zan Zone's prior CD's & EP's have already caught the ear of numerous DJ's, critics, and music lovers, there can be no doubt that Shorts will be well received. With the production of the Shorts CD scheduled to be over sometime this spring, Zan Zone will be looking to host a CD release party or two and, hopefully, play some shows as time goes by. While performing such detailed music is an exciting possibility, at the very least, this album stands as an unusually captivating piece of work that attempts to sense and discern some of the profundities of experience and existence in a multi-dimensional artistic performance. So go get some popcorn and your dancin' shoes.



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Reviews So Far:
AS OF July 2013RADIO STATIONS PLAYING SHORTS: WGOE, Richmond Virginia; WXOU, Rochester Michigan, WVGN, St. Thomas; Rootstime, Halen Belgium; WPKN & NoFoSo on Long Island New York...
"I love the CD!!!!" Joanna H., Liberty, NY 4/22/13
"Zan, I liked your CD, Buddy! It was very good, man. Nice tunes, nice messages, nice sonic quality. The main thing is, is that you got the "vibe" right. A good vibe. That's the hardest thing to do.... Umm, I really enjoyed it man... I listened to it for a few days, man! Nice job Buddy! I really like One Step Left, Metamorphosis, Things That Make Me Cry, the Jalopy song,, that's interesting, man... western guitar and stuff, man, great guitar sound, umm...It was all good, it was all really good bro. I thought you did a great job, man!......Ummm.... It was a little, the, uh, I think whoever did the mastering made it really loud - like stupid loud, so it can be a little ear-piercing when you crank it on some high level speakers, but, umm, I don't think that'll be a problem for most listeners. But I really liked it, Zan!" - Douglas Gorlin - Owner/Chief Engineer - Hollyview Sound Recording Studio, Hollywood, CA 5/10/13
"Your CD, "Shorts", is fabulous. I've listened to it so many times that I am now humming some of the tunes and able to sing right along with the music and lyrics. I think it has all the magic of a winner!". Nancy J., Gulfport, FL 6/1/13
"I never got to tell you how much I'm enjoying your CD in my car. You did an awesome job!I may not have a good ear, but I definitely can tell when music is professional and excellent quality. You are very talented! I just wish I knew people who could promote you. You impressed me with your ability to produce such a masterpiece! Congratulations! Best wishes for a great year ahead!" Denny T., Huntington, NY 5/14/13
"Thank you so much for the CD. I love the variety on it. And I noticed your kids are doing back-up vocals on it. Cool!... Thanks again for the CD - I love it!" Ellena R., Durango, CO 5/13/13
"...I wanted to listen to the album in a setting more conducive to listening before commenting. O.k., now. It's wonderful. I think people who hear it will love it. My favorites are Things that Make Me Cry, Learning How to Love, and Fly Away. I have no technical explanations for why I like these most, they just appeal to me aesthetically the most." Martin G., Fairfield, CT 4/22/13
"I have been running & running....and so decided to sit down and try to work my way through in a single sitting... Overall....I'm reminded of earlier times and the Martin guitar...and the earthy beginnings you had come from when we first met....the violins and general buzz and hiss of the production....I like that and when it brings on first impressions...probably my favorites were: Things That Make Me Cry and Learning How To Love.... I'm impressed with the magnitude of the undertaking and impressed with the result...the production is glossy, the work hard felt and hard earned." Mark G. Los Angeles, CA 5/12/13
"I have listened to your new CD release 3 times and really like some of the songs - can't remember the titles right now . I must say that the compilation of songs covers many music genres; from reggae to surf to jazz . Like to talk about it more in depth in person." Bill A. Yonkers, NY 6/21/13
"SHORTS has a very professional sound. We played it here in the store and it sounded great!" Teddy Gordon, Mgr,. Make n' Music, Chicago, Illinois 6/26/13
Since the early 90s, the New York based musician and multi-instrumentalist, Zan Burnham, active as the central figure in a number of folk and / or rock formations which 'Zan Zone' is the latest creation. Two little-ep and a full acoustic CD "Time & Materials" in 2009 brought him under the musical attention in recent years.
Its strength lies in creating songs that have love, hope and happiness as a central theme. In a world where, with more than enough misery and pain, should includes thinking and self-examination, according Zan Burnham, this is a more urgent need than Positivism. That's what he puts into his songs, such as in his most recent album "Shorts", where 13 such songs are brought together. Those numbers are a selection from a wide range of more than 500 songs that Zan Burnham has, in recent years, composed.
Repetitive riffs and grooves form the basis of his musical compositions that were to our personal taste a bit too smoothly refined in the recording studio. However, we also find some very clever songs that deserve to reach a wider audience.
Thus, the opening track, the instrumental "Paean To The Muse", is one based on Irish traditional folk music. "One Step Left" and "Fly Away" are two modern pop tunes. One song which is based on a reggae rhythm, "Days Of Our Lives", is a fun sing-along, and the ballads, "Things That Make Me Cry", and also reggae-based "Bad Timing", are just two very strong songs.
On the other hand, we are much less impressed with the way some songs are too long drawn out. "Only The Earth Endures (8 minutes)," I Color Me Blue "(7 minutes) and" Learning How To Love "(nine and a half minutes) are perhaps pretty good songs, but songs that maybe could be brought down to 3 to 4 minutes.
Not less than 19 names are listed on the CD case of "Shorts". All instrumentalists and singers who are thanked for their contribution to the realization of this album that should be considered. This is a small life's work for Zan Burnham. (valsam) Belgium, Europe, 7/2/13 www.rootstime.be
The new disc you sent has been on constant repeat in my CD-players (at home, in the car and in the office) since early this week, and these are my thoughts:
* The great singing and playing, and the really strong songwriting  (I really DO love the 2nd track!)
 * The musicianship and production really adds "weight" to the already great feel
* The recordings are really "in your face", in the most positive meaning
* It's great to hear a disc where the songs, the performances, the overall feeling, creates "a picture" for the listener
* This album really feels like "an album" in the truest sense of the word!
* ...and the packaging is awesome! Peter Holmstedt, Music Promotor, Sweden EU, 7/22/13