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Frank Zappa


Frank Vincent Zappa was born on 21 December 1940, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. His parents were second-generation Sicilian Greeks, the family had arabian and french origins too. His father played "strolling crooner" guitar. At the age of 12 Frank, who had relocated to California with his family, became interested in drums, learning orchestral percussion at summer school in Monterey. In high school he had some more harmony training because he was an unruly senior, and was given permission to take some harmony classes "to occupy his mind with". In fact, he found the training very boring. The first time he had any of his music performed was at Mount St



Label: Zappa Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: CD1: “Someone Has Just Asked Me…”; Cosmik Debris; Pygmy Twylyte; The Idiot Bastard Son; Cheepnis; Inca Roads; Montana; Dupree’s Paradise (Intro); CD2: Dupree’s Paradise; It Can’t Happen Here; Hungry Freaks, Daddy; You’re Probably Wondering Why I’m Here; How Could I Be Such A Fool; I Ain’t Got No Heart; I’m Not Satisfied; Wowie Zowie; Let’s Make The Water Turn Black; Harry, You’re A Beast; The Orange County Lumber Truck; Oh No; Son Of Orange County; More Trouble Every Day; Camarillo Brillo; CD3: Montana; Get Down; Tush Tush Tush (A Token Of My Extreme); Stink-Foot; RDNZL; Village Of The Sun; Echidna’s Arf (Of You); Don’t You Ever Wash That Thing?; Penguin In Bondage; T’Mershi Duween; The Dog Breath Variations; Uncle Meat; Building A Girl; Dinah- Moe Humm; CD4: I’m Not Satisfied; Montana; Dupree’s Paradise (Intro); Dupree’s Paradise; Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow; Tush Tush Tush (End Vamp); Oh No; Son Of Orange County; More Trouble Every Day; CD5: The Purple Lagoon; Stink-Foot; The Poodle Lecture; Dirty Love; Wind Up Workin’ In A Gas Station; Tryin’ To Grow A Chin; The Torture Never Stops; City Of Tiny Lites; Pound For A Brown; You Didn’t Try To Call Me; Rudy Wants To Buy Yez A Drink; Would You Go All The Way?; CD6: Black Napkins; Terry’s Erie ’76 Solo; Patrick’s Erie ’76 Solo; Wonderful Wino; The Purple Lagoon (Outro); Stranded In The Jungle; Dinah-Moe Humm; The Purple Lagoon (Outro); Camarillo Brillo; Muffin Man; The Purple Lagoon (Outro); You Didn’t Try To Call Me; Black Napkins; The Purple Lagoon (Outro)


Article: Catching Up With

Will Bernard Finds His Own Path To Jazz Career

Read "Will Bernard Finds His Own Path To Jazz Career" reviewed by Jim Trageser

Guitarist Will Bernard doesn't consider himself a “regular" jazz player. He says this occurred to him when he was being asked to play on some recording sessions in New York. “In New York, I've been doing some recording—I did three records for PosiTone, which is more of a jazz label. They're actually ...


Article: Album Review

Mysteries Of The Revolution: Longing For The Dawn

Read "Longing For The Dawn" reviewed by Chris May

London-based jazz-rock band Mysteries of the Revolution (MOTR) is the sonic equivalent of the James Webb Space Telescope. There might be only two core musicians--keyboardist / programmer Daniel Biro and drummer / flautist BB Davis—but the sound pictures they create are at times as epic as the Webb images of distant galaxies. MOTR debuted ...


Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Tobin Mueller

Read "Take Five with Tobin Mueller" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Tobin Mueller Connecticut-based composer, arranger, playwright and pianist Tobin Mueller has just released his 35th album: Prestidigitation, drawing on a long career of innovation and artistry. Mueller's compositions range from Jazz Fusion to Progressive Rock, Broadway musicals to Old-School Funk, Classical ballet to video games. His jazz ensemble recordings have featured legendary bassist Ron Carter, ...


News: Recording

Tobin Mueller's New Album 'Prestidigitation' Celebrates The Founders Of Jazz Fusion

Tobin Mueller's New Album 'Prestidigitation' Celebrates The Founders Of Jazz Fusion

Tobin Mueller’s new album Prestidigitation celebrates the founders of fusion jazz: Weather Report, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea; plus crossover jazz-funk masters Tower of Power, Stevie Wonder and Sly Stone. Frank Zappa makes the cut, along with other prog-rock fusion bands Yes and Happy The Man. Not to be forgotten, important precursors John Coltrane and Bill Evans ...


Article: Extended Analysis


Read "Exposures" reviewed by John Kelman

Between the impact of the COVID pandemic since 2020, and in the eight year-long tenure of King Crimson's final lineup, which toured between 2014 and 2021, there's been a lot revealed about its sole remaining founding member, guitarist/keyboardist Robert Fripp. Since 2012, the more than five-decade history of King Crimson, live and in the ...


Article: Festivals Talking

Moers Festival Interviews: Max Johnson

Read "Moers Festival Interviews: Max Johnson" reviewed by Martin Longley

New York bassist Max Johnson has embarked on a European tour with his trio, in the run-up to the release of their new album Orbit Of Sound (Unbroken Sounds, 2022). They are playing crucial venues such as Roskam in Brussels and The Loft in Cologne, doubtless climaxing at the Moers Festival, also in Germany (3rd-6th June). ...


Article: Interview

Jean-Luc Ponty: Imaginary Voyages, Part 1

Read "Jean-Luc Ponty: Imaginary Voyages, Part 1" reviewed by Peter Rubie

Part 1 | Part 2 Jazz is an art form that has been a singular hothouse of musical talent over the decades. There are, and have been, lots of not just great but brilliant players. But perhaps not unsurprisingly, there have been far fewer jazz originals. I mean by that, musicians whose playing has ...


Article: Album Review

The Gil Evans Orchestra: Live At Fabrik

Read "Live At Fabrik" reviewed by Ian Patterson

By the time Gil Evans led the Gil Evans Orchestra at the Hamburg Jazz Festival in 1986, it had been holding down the Monday night slot at Sweet Basil for the previous three years. The majority of the GEO's regular musicians were with him for this performance at Fabrik, a 19th century machine-parts factory converted into ...


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