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WAKA / JAWAKA

Frank Zappa

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.91 | 406 ratings

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oliverstoned
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Waka / Jawaka represent an achievement in Zappa's discography. Released in '72, in its jazz-rock period, before another (close) masterpiece: The gran wazoo.

The long piece "Big swiffty" is probably Zappa's most ambitious and its most technically accomplished piece, featuring extremely virtuoso playing, complex arrangements with many breaks. The intensity doesn't fade throughout the piece and Zappa's solos are mind blowing as usual. The others pieces are excellent as well, from the funny "Your mouth", to the powerful countryprog moments of "It Just Might Be a One-Shot Deal" and to end the excellent jazzy and aerial Waka/Jawaka. A jazz-rock summit.

oliverstoned | 4/5 |

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