The Ed Palermo Big Band Plays the Music of Frank Zappa

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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: 9/16/1997
  • Label: Astor Place Records
  • UPC: 706881400525
  • Catalog Number: 4005

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Peaches en Regalia - Ed Palermo (2:51)
  2. 2 Toads of the Short Forest - Ed Palermo (7:05)
  3. 3 Who Are the Brain Police?/Holiday in Berlin - Ed Palermo (5:16)
  4. 4 Twenty Small Cigars - Ed Palermo (5:42)
  5. 5 King Kong - Ed Palermo (4:08)
  6. 6 Aybe Sea - Ed Palermo (5:12)
  7. 7 Waka/Jawaka - Ed Palermo (5:15)
  8. 8 Sofa No. 1 - Ed Palermo (4:35)
  9. 9 The Little House I Used to Live In - Ed Palermo (5:27)
  10. 10 We Are Not Alone - Ed Palermo (5:20)
  11. 11 Wai, FN? - Ed Palermo (2:21)
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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
Al 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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