Waka/Jawaka

Waka/Jawaka

by Frank Zappa
     
 
When Frank Zappa found himself stuck in a wheelchair for most of the year 1972 (after a "fan" pushed him off the stage in December of the previous year), he relieved his band (including singers Flo & Eddie) of its duties and turned to studio work. One of the first things he tried was to write jazz fusion music scored for wider

Overview

When Frank Zappa found himself stuck in a wheelchair for most of the year 1972 (after a "fan" pushed him off the stage in December of the previous year), he relieved his band (including singers Flo & Eddie) of its duties and turned to studio work. One of the first things he tried was to write jazz fusion music scored for wider instrumentation than an average rock band. Waka/Jawaka was conceived in parallel to The Grand Wazoo, but with fewer players. The album, released in July 1972, is comprised of two extended instrumental pieces and two shorter songs. "Big Swifty," a theme-and-solos showcase, would become a live favorite, but the highlight came in the form of the orgiastic title track, recorded with ex-Mothers of Invention keyboardist Don Preston, trumpeter Sal Marquez, trombonists Bill Byers and Ken Shroyer, saxophonist Mike Altschul, bassist Erroneous, and drummer Aynsley Dunbar. The songs, never performed live, feel like filler material. Waka/Jawaka was Zappa's second solo album and is occasionally referred to as "Hot Rats II" (the handles of the faucets on the cover artwork show the words "hot" and "rats" instead of "hot" and "cold"). His writing and recording technique had matured a lot in very little time. The dirty blues jamming of the 1969 LP was replaced by clean, crisp jazz improvisations -- no need to say this was also an abrupt change in style from the Mothers' 1969-1971 incarnation. But this album was only transitional: Zappa's big-band stylings would really flourish in The Grand Wazoo a few months later.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/28/2012
Label:
Zappa Records
UPC:
0824302384824
catalogNumber:
3848
Rank:
45246

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Frank Zappa   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Conductor
George Duke   Electric Piano,Tack Piano
Don Preston   Piano,Mini Moog
Sal Marquez   Trumpet,Chimes,Flugelhorn,Vocals
Jeff Simmons   Vocals,Hawaiian Guitar
Aynsley Dunbar   Drums,Tambourine,Washboard
Sneaky Pete Kleinow   Pedal Steel Guitar,Soloist
Mike Altschul   Bass Clarinet,Bass Flute,Piccolo,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Billy Byers   Trombone,Baritone Horn
Erroneous   Electric Bass,Vocals,Fuzz Bass
Janet Ferguson   Vocals
Joel Peskin   Tenor Saxophone
Chris Peterson   Vocals
Ken Shroyer   Trombone,Baritone Horn
Tony Duran   Vocals,Slide Guitar

Technical Credits

Frank Zappa   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Art Direction,Text
Kerry McNabb   Engineer
Cal Schenkel   Packaging
Marvin Mattelson   Cover Illustration
Michael Mesker   Digital Layout

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