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The Ed Palermo Big Band

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Under the leadership of arranger/ composer/ bandleader/ saxophonist Ed Palermo, the Ed Palermo Big Band has been together since 1980, performing live around New York (NYC’s Iridium, Marlboro’s The Falcon) and at US and international jazz (and Zappa!) festivals, and recording albums to the delight of fans and critics worldwide. Composed of top-notch jazz musicians, the tightly-honed big band performs Palermo’s extraordinary arrangements, which combine music from the worlds of rock, pop and blues (Frank Zappa, Todd Rundgren, Paul Butterfield, The Beatles) alongside jazz (Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Mile Davis) and Palermo originals


The Great Un-American Songbook Vol. III: Run for Your Life

Label: Sky Cat
Released: 2020
Track listing: 1. Within You Without You (Part 1) (The Beatles) / Stop Stop Stop (The Hollies); 2. Run for Your Life (The Beatles); 3. Strawberry Fields Forever (The Beatles) / Shove It Right In (Frank Zappa); 4. Glad (Traffic); 5. And Your Bird Can Sing (The Beatles); 6. Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! (The Beatles); 7. Within You Without You (Part 2) (The Beatles); 8. Come Together (The Beatles) / Chunga's Revenge (Frank Zappa); 9. Something in the Air (Thunderclap Newman); 10. Let's Move to Cleveland (Frank Zappa) / Fixing a Hole (The Beatles); 11. Nothing is Easy (Jethro Tull); 12. A Salty Dog (Procol Harum); 13. Shine on Brightly (Procol Harum); 14. Nights in White Satin (The Moody Blues) / Moggio (Frank Zappa).


A Lousy Day in Harlem

Label: Sky Cat Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: 1. Laurie Frink 08:27

2. Affinity 05:14

3. Brasilliance 05:36

4. Sanfona 06:02

5. Like Lee Morgan 02:32

6. The One with the Balloon 07:03

7. Minority 03:38

8. The Cowboy Song 08:07

9. Well You Needn't 03:02

10. Giant Steps 04:04

11. Next Year 07:33

12. Gargoyles 07:47

13. This Won't Take Long 02:21


Article: Album Review

Ed Palermo: A Lousy Day In Harlem

Read "A Lousy Day In Harlem" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il 12 agosto 2018, sessant'anni dopo la celebre foto di Art Kane “A Great Day in Harlem," Ed Palermo s'è fatto fotografare di fronte allo stesso palazzo in pietra marrone. Il titolo del disco non è casuale e la copertina lo ritrae sconsolato, in un marciapiede tristemente vuoto, mentre la sequenza fotografica nel booklet lo vede ...


The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren

Label: Cuneiform Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: 1. The Solemn Z-Men Credo 00:25

2. Peaches En Regalia (Frank Zappa) 03:19

3. Influenza (Todd Rundgren) 05:50

4. Yer Fast (Todd Rundgren) 01:27

5. Absolutely Free (Frank Zappa) 04:26

6. Breathless (Part 1) (Todd Rundgren) 01:38

7. Big Swifty (Frank Zappa) 01:16

8. Kiddie Boy (Todd Rundgren) 03:43

9. Montana (Frank Zappa) 06:42

10. Emperor of the Highway (Todd Rundgren) 01:38

11. You Are What You Is (Frank Zappa) 01:45

12. Echidna's Arf (Of You) (Frank Zappa) [feat. The Louisiana Swindle Singers] 03:54

13. Hello It's Me (Todd Rundgren) 03:31

14. Big Swifty Coda (Frank Zappa) 01:35

15. Wailing Wall (Todd Rundgren) 04:00

16. Florentine Pogen (Frank Zappa) 07:25

17. Flamingo (Todd Rundgren) 02:23

18. Marqueson's Chicken (Frank Zappa) 03:53

19. Song of the Viking (Todd Rundgren) 01:58

20. Janet's Big Dance Number (Frank Zappa) 01:51

21. Broke Down and Busted (Todd Rundgren) 05:13

22. Breathless (Part 2) (Todd Rundgren) 00:51

23. Zoot Allures (Frank Zappa) 02:50

24.Yer Fast (Reprise) (Todd Rundgren) 00:54


The Great Un-American Songbook: Volumes 1 and 2

Label: Cuneiform Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: 1. Good Morning, Good Morning (The Beatles) 02:53

2. Open Up Said the World at the Door (The Move) 05:10

3. We Love You (The Rolling Stones) 04:25

4. Eleanor Rigby (The Beatles) 04:45

5. Definitely Maybe (Jeff Beck) 05:38

6. As You Said (Cream) 04:29

7. Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part Two (King Crimson) 07:07

8. 21st Century Schizoid Man (King Crimson) 06:29

9. Send Your Son to Die (Blodwyn Pig) 04:32

10. Edward, The Mad Shirt Grinder (Nicky Hopkins w/ Quicksilver Messenger Service) 13:21

11. America/American Idiot (The Nice, Green Day) 02:55

12. Beggar's Farm (Jethro Tull) 06:47

13. Bitches Crystal (Emerson, Lake and Palmer) 05:25

14. Wreck of the Hesperus (Procol Harum) 04:01

15. Diamond Dust (Jeff Beck) 05:27

16. The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys (Traffic) 05:29

17. Fire (Arthur Brown) 03:36

18. The Tourist (Radiohead) 04:54

19. Don't Bother Me (The Beatles) / Nardis (Miles Davis) / Don't Bother Me (reprise) 07:11

20. I Wanna Be Your Man (The Beatles) 03:22

21. Good Night (The Beatles) 05:41


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, ...


News: Recording

The Ed Palermo Big Band Releases The Great Un-American Songbook Volumes 1 & 2

The Ed Palermo Big Band Releases The Great Un-American Songbook Volumes 1 & 2

The Ed Palermo Big Band is Making America Un-Great Again with a Brilliant Blast of Anglophilia, transforming British Rock Treasures into Wildly Inventive Jazz Vehicles on the Double Album: The Great Un-American Songbook Volumes 1 & 2 (Cuneiform Records). From the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Jeff Beck to King Crimson, Traffic, and Jethro Tull, Palermo’s 18- ...

Article: Album Review

The Ed Palermo Big Band: One Child Left Behind

Read "One Child Left Behind" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Quando il chitarrista/sassofonista, compositore e big band leader Ed Palermo decise di dedicare un intero concerto come tributo a uno dei musicisti che più avevano influenzato la sua formazione musicale da poco scomparso, non immaginava certo quanto la sua vita professionale sarebbe cambiata in poco tempo. La sua big band era in attività dal 1977, con ...


One Child Left Behind

Label: Cuneiform Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: 1. Cleetus Awreetus Awrightus 03:48 2. Dirty White Bucks 04:39 3. Spider of Destiny 02:37 4. Scarface 02:24 5. Grand Wazoo 02:20 6. Fifty-Fifty 05:56 7. Harvest Moon 04:49 8. Pygmy Twylyte 02:57 9. Po-Jama People 05:25 10. Kiko and the Lavender Moon 04:08 11. Vengeance 05:29 12. Evelyn, a Modified Dog 01:24 13. Village of the Sun 03:24 14. The Goat Patrol 05:48 15. Is That All There Is? 02:34 16. Andy 07:59


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