The Grand Wazoo

The Grand Wazoo

by Frank Zappa

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Overview

The Grand Wazoo

Like its immediate predecessor, Waka/Jawaka, The Grand Wazoo was a largely instrumental jazz rock album recorded during Frank Zappa's convalescence from injuries sustained after being pushed off a concert stage. While Zappa contributes some guitar solos and occasional vocals, the focus is more on his skills as a composer and arranger. Most of the five selections supposedly form a musical representation of a story told in the liner notes about two warring musical factions, but the bottom line is that, overall, the compositions here are more memorably melodic and consistently engaging than Waka/Jawaka. The instrumentation is somewhat unique in the Zappa catalog as well, with the band more of a chamber jazz orchestra than a compact rock unit; over 20 musicians and vocalists contribute to the record. While Hot Rats is still the peak of Zappa's jazz-rock fusion efforts, The Grand Wazoo comes close, and it's essential for anyone interested in Zappa's instrumental works.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/28/2012
Label: Zappa Records
UPC: 0824302384923
catalogNumber: 3849
Rank: 37620

Tracks

  1. The Grand Wazoo
  2. For Calvin (and His Next Two Hitch-Hikers)
  3. Cletus Awreetus-Awrightus
  4. Eat That Question
  5. Blessed Relief

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Frank Zappa   Primary Artist,Guitar,Percussion,Conductor,Vocals,Soloist
George Duke   Keyboards,Vocals
Don Preston   Mini Moog
Fred Jackson   Woodwind
Sal Marquez   Trumpet,Vocals,Brass,Soloist
Aynsley Dunbar   Drums
Mike Altschul   Woodwind
Billy Byers   Trombone,Brass,Soloist
Joanne Caldwell McNabb   Woodwind
Chunky   Vocals
Lee Clement   Percussion,Gong
Earl Dumler   Woodwind
Erroneous   Bass,Drums
Alan Estes   Percussion
Malcolm McNabb   Brass
Janet Neville-Ferguson   Vocals
Tony Ortega   Woodwind
Joel Peskin   Woodwind
John Rotella   Woodwind
Ernie Watts   Saxophone,Woodwind,Soloist
Bob Zimmitti   Percussion
Ernie Tack   Brass
Ken Shroyer   Trombone,Brass
Tony Duran   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Bottleneck Guitar,Soloist

Technical Credits

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

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