Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance

Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance

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by Ed Palermo
     
 

From his Mothers of Invention days onward, Frank Zappa often used jazzy multi-part arrangements that in some ways could have been regarded as avant-garde extensions of the big-band style. Of course, there was a lot of non-jazz involved in what Zappa composed and performed, and even his jazziest outings had some outrageous touches that would be found in few if any…  See more details below

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From his Mothers of Invention days onward, Frank Zappa often used jazzy multi-part arrangements that in some ways could have been regarded as avant-garde extensions of the big-band style. Of course, there was a lot of non-jazz involved in what Zappa composed and performed, and even his jazziest outings had some outrageous touches that would be found in few if any big-band arrangements from any era. It's to their credit, however, that the Ed Palermo Big Band recognize how adaptable some of Zappa's works are to the big-band format. Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance puts eight of Zappa's compositions, spanning the late '60s to the 1980s, into a big-band context. Using almost 20 musicians, it sticks almost wholly to an instrumental approach, though Carl Restivo adds some vocals to "Mom and Dad/Oh No." Albums such as these -- not quite a tribute record, but pretty close -- are hard to peg as to who they'll appeal to; Zappa fans have the originals to compare these interpretations to, and big-band fans might find it too adventurous, or even strange. But the Ed Palermo Big Band achieve the difficult task of making Zappa's music more accessible in a way, and certainly give it more of a jazzy big-band swing, without selling out. These versions won't replace the originals as definitive statements, but they have a listenable breeziness that could work as an entry to the music for listeners who might be put off by the more jagged ugliness that Zappa was often wont to insert into his own renditions.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/23/2006
Label:
Cuneiform
UPC:
0045775022529
catalogNumber:
750225
Rank:
160597

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ed Palermo   Primary Artist
Paul Adamy   Electric Bass,Bass Guitar,Group Member
Matt Ingman   Tuba,Bass Trombone,Group Member
Ray Marchica   Drums,Soloist,Group Member
Bob Quaranta   Piano,Soloist,Group Member
Emedin Rivera   Percussion,Guest Appearance
Ronnie Buttacavoli   Trumpet,Group Member
Charles Gordon   Trombone,Soloist,Group Member
Dave Riekenberg   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Phil Chester   Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Soloist,Group Member
Barbara Cifelli   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone,Group Member
Joe Fiedler   Trombone
Joe Fielder   Trombone,Soloist,Group Member
Cliff Lyons   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soloist,Group Member
Ted Kooshian   Organ,kurzweil,Soloist,Group Member
Ben Kono   Flute,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist,Group Member
Bill Straub   Clarinet,Flute,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Carl Restivo   Guitar,Vocals,Soloist,Group Member
John Hines   Trumpet
Ted Kooshian   kurzweil

Technical Credits

Frank Zappa   Composer
John Palermo   Producer
Carl Restivo   Producer
Nancy Palermo   Artwork,Illustrations

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Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great jazzy funky zappa. What more can you ask for! Love that Lumpy Gravy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this CD to anyone, whether you are a Zappa fan or not. Ed Palermo's arrangements of these songs are amazing! "Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance" is the closet CD to a new Zappa CD we will ever have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this CD the first day it came out and listen to it all the time. This CD has some of the best musicians on it, on the planet. I can't wait to go see The Ed Palermo Big Band in concert.