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Take Five with Ed Palermo

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Meet Ed Palermo Ed Palermo is an arranger, composer and alto saxophonist mostly known for his big band and their interpretations of the music of Ed's hero, Frank Zappa. Coming out of college in jny: Chicago, his initial plan was to become a great jazz tenor saxophonist in the vein of Michael Brecker, Steve Grossman and ...

Ed Palermo

Ed Palermo is not a “business as usual” musician. After all, when most people think of “big bands” they think of Duke and Dorsey. But go to see Ed Palermo’s Big Band and you might hear Zappa, Hendrix, the blues of Paul Butterfield & Mike Bloomfield or one of Ed’s own compositions, loaded with lush turns and unexpected twists. Gil Evans wonderfully articulated Palermo’s unusual approach to traditional instrumentation: “I first heard Ed Palermo’s music in a small club in the SoHo section of Manhattan. He was using the instrumentation of a traditional big band yet his arrangements and songs were anything but that

NEWS: RECORDING

A Lousy Day in Harlem is a great day for jazz with The Ed Palermo Big Band! Available now!

A Lousy Day in Harlem is a great day for jazz with The Ed Palermo Big Band! Available now!

A Lousy Day in Harlem is a great day for jazz with The Ed Palermo Big Band, as the band known for reinventing the music of Frank Zappa turns its attention to a riveting program of Monk, Coltrane, Ellington, and hard-swinging originals, confirming Ed Palermo’s place in jazz’s top ranks of contemporary big band arrangers. In a radical ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Hal Willner's Rock 'n' Rota

Read "Hal Willner's Rock 'n' Rota" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

"The whole is greater than the sum of its parts." Anyone who has ever been at an all-star event--especially if that was a tribute concert--has learned the importance of Aristotle's maxim the hard way. Maybe the occasion was momentous, the cast probably star-studded, the heart certainly in the right place and the expectations high... however, at ...

NEWS: RECORDING

The Ed Palermo Big Band brings together two fave 1960s American Pop/Rock Superheroes for "The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren"

The Ed Palermo Big Band brings together two fave 1960s American Pop/Rock Superheroes for "The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren"

Ed Palermo may have gained an international following with his ingenious orchestral arrangements of Frank Zappa tunes, but he’s hardly a one-trick pony. Earlier in the year, the saxophonist released an uproarious double album The Great Un-American Songbook Volumes 1 & 2, a project celebrating an expansive roster of songs by successive waves of British invaders, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Todd Rundgren & Utopia: Live 1978 at The Old Waldorf

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Live 1978 at The Old Waldorf San Francisco venue is a continuation of the Todd Rundgren archive series by UK- based Esoteric Recordings. Previously unreleased, the engineers' remastering effort seems to have paid off, as the overall sound is acceptable; although, the lower-end bass response is a bit weak. This concert was originally recorded for a ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Ed Palermo Big Band at the Iridium

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Ed Palermo Big Band Featuring Napoleon Murphy Brock
Iridium
New York, NY
January 8, 2016

You can just about always count on a number of things in any show by the Ed Palermo Big Band: the music of Frank Zappa; inventive arrangements, richly crafted; tight, stellar playing by the ensemble; a ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Randy Brecker: Hittin' It with "RandyPOP!"

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In his 62 years playing music--starting trumpet at eight years old--Randy Brecker has played all kinds of music, but for many years now, he's mostly been known as a solid, top-flight, first-call jazz player, a modern post-bop soloist and bandleader who carries around his old '70s fusion-funk Brecker Brothers fame in his back pocket. So, with ...

ARTICLE: TALKING 2 MUSICIANS

Badfinger's Joey Molland

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Badfinger was a band that rocketed to fame after being discovered by the Beatles' roadie Mal Evans and signing with Apple Records. They appeared on the world stage just as the Beatles went public with their breakup. With songs like “No Matter What," “Day After Day," “Suitcase," “Baby Blue," and “Carry On," Badfinger's tight soaring harmonies, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Various Artists: Light My Fire: A Classic Rock Salute to The Doors

Read "Light My Fire: A Classic Rock Salute to The Doors" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Southern California-based Purple Pyramid Records and producer, instrumentalist Billy Sherwood raised the bar with this tribute to The Doors by convening a star-studded cast, featuring classic rockers performing with progressive rock luminaries. And the jazz contingent is onboard, evidenced by jazz guitar great Larry Coryell appearing with Focus keyboardist Thijs Van Leer on “Love Me Two ...