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Frank Zappa's Jazz Legacy Refuses to Die, Part 2

Ludovico Granvassu By

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This week we continue the retrospective dedicated to Frank Zappa's complex relationship with jazz, through a mix of the jazzier compositions performed by Zappa himself and countless tributes to his music paid by jazz musicians.

As Frank Zappa loved to say, quoting Edgard Varèse, "the present day composer refuses to die" and the music featured in this show provides plenty of evidence that he was right.

Happy listening! [The first part of this Frank Zappa retrospective is avaialble here]


  • Ben Allison "Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00
  • Frank Zappa "Bacon Fat" from Broadway the Hard Way (Live) (Zappa) 0:17
  • Frank Zappa "Stolen Moments" from Broadway the Hard Way (Zappa) 1:46
  • Host talk 4:45
  • Bobby Sanabria "The Grand Wazoo" from Big Band Urban Folktales (Jazzheads) 7:36
  • Perico Sambeat "I Promise Not to Come in Your Mouth" from Plays Zappa (Nuba) 14:11
  • Colin Towns & NDR Bigband "Stevie's Spanking" from Frank Zappa's Hot Licks (And Funny Smells) (Provocateur) 19:06
  • Host talk 22:52
  • Bohuslän Big Band "Sinester Footwear" from Bohuslän Big Band plays Zappa (Imogena) 24:58
  • Marco Pacassoni "The Black Page" from Frank & Ruth (Esordisco) 33:42
  • The Wrong Object "Wedding Dress Song-Handsome Cabin Boy" from Zappa Jawaka (Off) 36:13
  • Michael Hedges "Sofa No. 1" from Oracle (Windham Hill) 41:59
  • Host talk 44:38
  • Glauco Venier "Dupree's Paradise" from Suona Frank Zappa (Music Center) 47:17
  • Frank Zappa "Big Swifty" from Zappa\Wazoo (VAULTer Native) 52:39
  • Host talk 1:04:27
  • Frank Zappa & The Mothers "Inca Roads" from The Roxy Performances (Zappa) 1:08:40
  • Vincenzo Vasi & Giorgio Pacorig "It Just Might Be a One-Shot Deal" from Per Favore Sing (I Dischi Di Angelica) 1:16:58
  • Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra "Theme from Lumpy Gravy" from Goldfingers -EP (Cutting Edge) 1:21:06
  • Gotan Project "Chunga's Revenge" from La Revancha del Tango (Ya Basta) 1:23:45
  • Host talk 1:28:48
  • Stefano Bollani "Let's Move to Cleveland" from Smat Smat (Label Bleu 1:31:03
  • Don Preston "The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbeque" from Transformation (Cryptogramophone) 1:34:48
  • George Winston "Little House I Used to Live In" from George Winston (Windham Hill) 1:40:52
  • Host talk 1:43:32
  • Frank Zappa "Rollo" from Imaginary Diseases (Live) (Zappa) 1:42:52
  • Quintorigo & Roberto Gatto "Uncle Meat" from Around Zappa (Incipit) 1:49:01
  • Valentina Ciardelli "Echidna's Arf of You" from Live at St. James Church Piccadilly, London (Unreleased) 1:50:56
  • Furio Di Castri "Twenty Small Cigars" from Zapping (Promo Music) 1:55:06
  • Host talk 1:57:27
  • If Six Was Nine "Preludi flaccidi / Dog breath" from Andante Allegro (Splasc(H)) 2:01:55
  • Meridian Arts Ensemble "Eat That Question" from Prime Meridian (Channel Classics) 2:08:28
  • Pierrejean Gaucher "The Purple Lagoon" from Zappe Zappa (Culture Press) 2:11:36
  • Le Bocal "Take Your Cloths Off When You Dance" from Oh No!...Just Another Frank Zappa Memorial Barbecue (Chant du Monde) 2:14:41
  • Frank Zappa "The Grand Wazoo" from The Grand Wazoo (Zappa) 2:20:08
  • Riccardo Fassi Tankio Band "Peaches and Regalia" from Plays the Music of Frank Zappa (Splasc(h)) 2:33:26
  • Frank Zappa "Been To Kansas City In a Minor" from Imaginary Diseases (Live) (Zappa) 2:43:28
  • David Fabris "Marqueson's Chicken" from Indian Winter (Soul Note) 2:53:34
  • Aki Takase, Alexander von Schlippenbach "You Are What You Is" from Piano Duets Live in Berlin 93/94 (FMP) 2:58:17
  • Max Schultz, Erik Soderlind "Blessed Relief" from Max Schultz & Erik Soderlind: Dedications (Touche Music) 3:03:33


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