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Frank Zappa



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3 stars As the album title implies you might expect that this will be another kind of jazz music or jazz that is played differently. All songs performed here are basically instrumental as is the case with most of jazz music. Most rhythm sections are in straight forward structure with repeated chords. Under modern world this kind of rhythm can be performed through computer programming. "Night School" is a nice instrumental which serves well as album opening. It's basically a straight forward structure with repeated chords textured by percussion effects, demonstrating keyboard as melody maker and soloist augmented with piano. One might be attracted by this track due to its good keyboard work. "The Beltway Bandits" is in a way like an avant-garde song with straight forward structure in a programmed rhythm section. As the opening track, this second track also brings keyboard as melody section. The third track "While you were at it" is much complex in nature and it explores many sound effects from keyboards augmented with percussion. It's quite challenging track. "Jazz From Hell" is almost true a jazz music with many sound improvisations and "weird" sax work. "G-spot Tornado" flows in faster tempo with much complex sound exploration on sound effects produced by keyboards. Bass guitar plays dynamically overlaid by pulsating keyboard sounds. "Damp Ankles" is a slow tempo music with repeated rhythm section accompanying keyboard solo. "St. Etienne" is probably the most accessible track with guitar as main melody. The guitar work is truly stunning backed with jazzy rhythm section. "Massaggio Galore" explores the virtuosity of bass guitar player in rhythm section that accompanies keyboard.

Overall, this album offers unique kind of music which is typical Frank Zappa's music. Do not expect something usual music offers, there are lot of improvisations offered right here. I leave it up to you whether or not to purchase the album. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 3/5 |


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