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WAZOO

Frank Zappa

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

4.10 | 50 ratings

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Evolver
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5 stars Wazoo? Wahoo!

It was about time the Zappa Family Trust released this amazing album. Fans had neeb requesting this material for years.

The album features the final performance of Frank Zappa's largest touring band, playing music from "Waka Jawaka" and "The Grand Wazoo", plus other grand big band pieces. The most impressive aspect of the album is just how tight the band was in playing these incredibly difficult pieces.

The Grand Wazoo (Think It Over) and Big Swifty are both used as frames for incredible solos by this group, that included Bruce Fowler, Sal Marquez, Mike Altshul and Malcolm McNabb, among others. Approximate fills out the first disk, a piece, due to it's open nature, was different every time it was played (the rhythm was written, the musicians were given a choice of notes to play).

The real gem is The Adventures Of Greggery Peccary. The piece here is all instrumental, stretched out with additional material to over a half an hour, and even better than the studio recording.

The concert ends with an orchestral Penis Dimension, which leads into Variant I Processional March, which is actually an early version of Regyptian Strut.

It's nice to know that so long after Zappa's untimely death, his family still has such masterpieces in the vault. Let's hope that there is still more.

Evolver | 5/5 |

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