Ed Palermo Big Band Plays the Music of Frank Zappa

Ed Palermo Big Band Plays the Music of Frank Zappa

by Ed Palermo Big Band
     
 

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. So many rock and modern pop tunes don't translate into jazz very well. Zappa's enthusiasm for unusual time signatures… See more details below

Overview

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. So many rock and modern pop tunes don't translate into jazz very well. 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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Product Details

Release Date:
09/16/1997
Label:
Astor Place Records
UPC:
0706881400525
catalogNumber:
4005

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ed Palermo Big Band   Primary Artist
Ed Palermo   Indexed Contributor,Guitar,Leader,Alto Saxophone
Bob Mintzer   Tenor Saxophone
Mike Stern   Electric Guitar
Paul Adamy   Electric Bass
Jeff Holmes   Trumpet,Piccolo Trumpet
Hunt   Flute,Bass Clarinet,Oboe,Piccolo,Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Mike Keneally   Electric Guitar
Dale Kirkland   Trombone
Dan Levine   Trombone
Ray Marchica   Drums
Chris Potter   Tenor Saxophone
Bob Quaranta   Piano
David Samuels   Vibes
Jack Schatz   Bass Trombone
Chuck Fisher   Clarinet,Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Phil Chester   Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Liesl Whitaker   Trumpet
Ted Kooshian   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Harpsichord

Technical Credits

Bob Belden   Producer
Ed Palermo   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Jim Anderson   Engineer
Matthew "Boomer" La Monica   Engineer
Scott Noll   Engineer
Allan Tucker   Mastering
Steve Plotnicki   Executive Producer

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