“In 2003, the acclaimed avant-jazz recording Masada Guitars came out on John Zorn’s Tzadik Records label. It was the first album in a series commemorating the tenth anniversary of the pioneering saxophonist’s Masada songbooks. Zorn tapped fingerpicking champ Tim Sparks—along with guitarists Marc Ribot and Bill Frisell—to deliver the tunes in arrangements pared down for solo guitar.
“Zorn encouraged me to be completely eclectic in my approach to the tunes,” says Sparks, who recently revisited the Masada works as part of a new performance series featuring musicians who have recorded for Tzadik. “He wanted me to play the way I played, using whatever I wanted.”“