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Music : The Ed Palermo Big Band - Plays The Music Of Frank Zappa (1997) Lossless

FLAC (tracks), Lossless | Label: Astor Place Records | Jazz, Modern Big Band | 0:53:15 | 357 Mb

01. Peaches En Regalia
02. Toads Of The Short Forest
03. Who Are The Brain Police?/Holiday In Berlin (Excerpt)
04. Twenty Small Cigars
05. King Kong
06. Aybe Sea
07. Waka/Jawaka
08. Sofa #1
09. The Little House I Used To Live In
10. We Are Not Alone
11. Wai, Fn?
Alto Saxophone - Ed Palermo, Phil Chester
Arranged By - Ed Palermo
Baritone Saxophone - Al Hunt
Bass Clarinet - Al Hunt
Clarinet - Chuck Fisher
Drums - Ray Marchica
Electric Bass - Paul adamy
Electric Guitar - Mike Stern
Flute - Al Hunt, Chuck Fisher, Phil Chester
Guitar - Ed Palermo, Mike Keneally
Leader - Ed Palermo
Oboe - Al Hunt
Piano - Bob Quaranta
Piccolo Flute - Al Hunt, Phil Chester
Soprano Saxophone - Al Hunt, Phil Chester
Tenor Saxophone - Bob Mintzer, Chris Potter, Chuck Fisher
Trombone - Dale Kirkland, Dan Levine
Trombone ass - Jack Schatz
Trumpet - Jeff Holmes, Liesl Whitaker
Trumpet [Piccolo] - Jeff Holmes
Vibraphone - Dave Samuels
Rocker Frank Zappa briefly experimented with big bands in the early 1970s and again during his last tour in 1988; this big band tribute by saxophonist Ed Palermo concentrates primarily on pieces recorded for Zappa's early Mothers of Invention records. Zappa's enthusiasm for unusual time signatures and wild chord progressions are relatively new ground for jazz musicians; Palermo dreamed for years of "fleshing out" Zappa's music for big band. The snappy "Peaches En Regalia," features ex-Zappa sideman Mike Keneally capturing the spirit of his late boss' guitar solos, as he also does with his blazing attack on "Aybe Sea." Palermo successfully extends Zappa miniatures like the upbeat "Toads of the Short Forest" and cocktail lounge parody "Twenty Small Cigars." Perhaps his most intriguing arrangement is the imaginative combining of "Who Are the Brain Police?" with "Holiday In Berlin" in a medley showcasing guitarist Mike Stern. Palermo's horn charts flesh out "Waka Jawaka" (originally recorded by Zappa with Sal Marquez overdubbing several trumpets); tenor saxophonist Chris Potter's solo is outstanding, but drummer Ray Marchita's drums are a bit too prominent in the mix. Jam session favorite "King Kong" has always inspired lively solos and tenor saxman Bob Mintzer keeps the tradition alive. This CD should have high appeal to jazz fans familiar with Frank Zappa's recordings, but others should also give it a hearing with open ears.

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