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ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA

Dweezil Zappa

 

Crossover Prog

4.74 | 26 ratings

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BORA
5 stars Pure delight for Zappa fans and nearly four hours of it!

I must admit, for years I've resisted to even consider this DVD assuming that ex-Zappa musicians are likely to have put something together in desperation for a quick buck. I couldn't have been more wrong! The reality is that Dweezil has put together a bunch of talented young artists with a bit of input from some of Frank's old crew and the end result is just brilliant!

Napoleon Murphy Brock does much of the lead vocals in a most credible way that does justice to Frank's original pieces whilst not attempting to copy such. Well, Terry Bozzio is just his true, energetic self behind a ginormous set of drums, participating on select tracks only. In the second half Steve Vai enters and guitar pyrotechnics between him and Dweezil soon erupt in a jaw-dropping duel on "Montana".

Throughout the entire performance, Dweezil appears to be very modest, almost shy, but plays every note perfectly, true to his father's legacy whilst talking about him as "Frank". The material chosen here are largely tunes that Frank rarely performed on stage and even if so, we were often treated to sped up versions that rarely pleased. Not here, though! The emphasis is on performing the pieces to their full glory - just as we would have preferred from Frank - and Dweezil and crew have done it to perfection. No trace of Dweezil's somewhat immature solo efforts, this work is to be savored note by note, it's that good.

Special commendation is due to the young crew - most of whom would have been born well after the songs were first released. They play with enthusiasm and skill that deserves wider recognition in future. I wish that their exposure here will lead them to a lifetime of great contributions to the world of quality music. Frank, not unlike Miles Davis, has supported, nurtured and guided great talent in his lifetime and a big thanks to Dweezil for stepping into his father's shoes.

Nothing less than a big 5 for this delivery. The camera work is also excellent, nothing like those loathed, fuzzy images of the past concealing the very moments when we'd rather see the artist instead.

If you are like me who loves "Hot Rats", mid-70's works of Zappa with the Fowler brothers, you'll love this DVD. Don't walk, but run to your nearest Record Store, it's that good!

BORA | 5/5 |

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