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Frank Zappa: The Grand Wazoo

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Frank Zappa didn't invent the word “wazoo" or proliferate its usage. However, he was the first to use it in an album and song title that, surprisingly, had no accompanying provocative/potentially censorable lyrics. The Grand Wazoo is one of the most playful, scatologic-free and accessible big band jazz/rock CDs that Zappa--or anyone else--recorded. The aural quality ...

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America's Been Tough On Jazz

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In America, he's his own man--he's got to be--no corporation seeks him out or needs him. Her attitude and attire doesn't always “cut it" with the latest vogue. He doesn't really have a particular deadline or agenda to meet. She's “got her ax down" and she's ready to carve out her own market share. He's got ...

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America's Been Tough On The Jazzman

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Not only does he have to master his ax, isolate himself (to an extent) from mainstream society to create in solitude, engage in often maddening self-denial, but the jazzman is constantly judged by his creations on the spot by his listening audience and as well as by his peers. Most doctors and lawyers don't have to ...

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Patrick Williams: Threshold

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Patrick Williams
Threshold
Capitol
1973

Throughout most of the 1960s, Patrick Williams was one of many composers/arrangers kicking around the NYC studio music scene. In the late '60s he arranged/composed several Muzak-molded LPs ( Heavy Vibrations , Think and Shades of Today among them) that only occasionally ...

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That Grand Dan Sound: Why Everyone Knows Steely Dan When They Hear Them

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Ok, so Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk and Dave Brubeck used them throughout the 1950s. In the 1960s and most of the 1970s, adventurous and ambitious horn-adorned groups like Chicago and Blood, Sweat and Tears also experimented successfully with them too. But we're talking cool chords (and their various permutations) here folks, not drugs.