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Frank Zappa



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5 stars "America" music wise: A lot of great things were happening to music specially to north-American popular music; the USA to be exact; I mean; Benny Goodman playing alongside Bela Bartok! The music of Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Alice Coltrane, Satchmo, Ella, Billie, the Duke and a long list of etcs ... The majority of these "great things" came from the "black Jazz" scene; as you probably guessed. Frank Zappa never denied his fondness for USAs heritage and popular music. Half his work; mocks at it; and the other half is used wisely. It has to be fun at least; to find out; as fact; that your best music was coming from "black" people, Yes ! those guys again! How "painful" that your best "export" comes from those you thought less of.... (Intention, law and accident.) Frank Zappa more cunning; craftily took the "chunkiest part" (not everything was gold) absorved it and re-composed it more to his own goals, more to his needs. . If asked; my other favorite Zappa record of 3 ; will be this one. Here he has self-lowered from all the mayhem they launched off. In "One Size Fits All"; he realizes he can go anywhere without the over-sized frenzy of some earlier works. In my opinion; not as historian but as audiophile; this work shows the real magnitude of scopes that he could display; without over-doing everything in pose of novelty or jokes.( that does not mean that this work is humor-less, quiet the opposite; HUMOUR here; serves the music, not the other way around. . To my benefit; I started my audiophile: ZAPPA discography: with this album. When I turned back for earlier works; to me they sounded kind of "primitive" or too "Miles Davisy" (Hot Rats; as great as it is; still stood too close to the Avant/Garde Jazz of the time; which of course is great; ..but..that is not the goal of any respectful composer; to sound like someone else. In plain english; to me he started to sound like the Frank Zappa we now know; until his last Jazz/Rock works. So maybe that is why I appreciate this Masterpiece so much. To me; it was the day Frank Zappa was born, (in my mind of course.) ...If you like Modern Jazz/ Avant Garde Jazz (without the eternal detourings), (or/and the Chicago Blues scene), RIO rock ; or plain Rock n Roll; you will rave over this one. Pure fun in an original musical language... 5 STARS

admireArt | 5/5 |


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