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Ed Palermo: Not Only In It For The Money

Read "Ed Palermo: Not Only In It For The Money" reviewed by Duncan Heining

It's been twenty years since saxophonist-composer-arranger Ed Palermo and his Big Band began playing the music of Frank Zappa. Twenty years, not a lot of bread but a whole lot of love from fans and musicians alike. Oh No! Not Jazz!! on Cuneiform Records marks the band's fourth Zappa album and the third for that remarkable ...

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The Ed Palermo Big Band: Plays the Music of Frank Zappa

Read "Plays the Music of Frank Zappa" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Frank Zappa’s now batting .500. I’d heard one other big–band tribute to Zappa’s music (by an ensemble that will remain nameless) and was thoroughly unimpressed. But the second time’s a charm — and a charmer as well.

What’s the difference? It has to be the fabulous charts by bandleader / alto saxophonist Ed Palermo who’s long ...

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Cedar Walton (Astor Place: Roots

Read "Roots" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Roots. Cedar Walton is a treasure with an uncanny sense for composition, arrangement, and performance. His most recent recording Roots readily bears this out. His music is layered, as is his band. The liner notes introduce the band members first as Walton’s trio, the rhythm engine driving his machine. Next are introduced “Added Front Line Instruments”. ...

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Ed Palermo: Plays the Music of Frank Zappa

Read "Plays the Music of Frank Zappa" reviewed by Robert Middleton

Yes! Why not? Of course! Frank Zappa's music in a big band setting. Wonderful. From the witty, irreverent packaging to the masterful playing, note-true arrangements and the spot-on selection of Frank's tunes, this is an album to celebrate. What album from Zappa came out the same year as Bitches Brew (by Miles) and also broke new ...

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Conrad Herwig: The Latin Side of John Coltrane

Read "The Latin Side of John Coltrane" reviewed by Douglas Payne

A great idea beautifully executed by New York trombonist Conrad Herwig. The trombonist/arranger/musical director chooses Coltrane's most accessible material from a period that arguably spawned his best, most memorable work (1958-1964), devised simple, exploratory frameworks for each (recalling veteran Chico O'Farrill), then assembled an outstanding collection of musicians. In addition to Herwig's sinewy trombone, there's Brian ...