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  • Audio CD (May 19, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CUNEIFORM
  • ASIN: B0021UDJK0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,302 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Ed and his amazing 16 piece band (+ guests) return with his third album of his distinctive, big-band interpretations of the great 20th century composer, Frank Zappa. This body of work has won them huge
acclaim from both new and old fans of the music and they even appeared on NPR's Weekend Edition for a short feature which was heard by millions of listeners in 2006. For those not already familiar with Ed's colorful, jazz-based arrangements of Zappa's compositions, Ed has led a big band for 30 years and has had his band performing the music of Frank Zappa for 15 years. Many years of playing these pieces in front of hugely enthusiastic crowds have honed the band s skills interpreting Zappa's beautiful but notoriously difficult material to where they are able to perform these challenging charts with ease.
All of these musicians are high caliber, hugely talented NYC professional players, and most of them have been playing this music for a decade and a half with this group because they all admire and appreciate the genius of Zappa's work and they love having the opportunity to be able to perform these terrifically exciting charts.


'Wonderful, breathtaking, fantastic, exhilarating, great sound, great production, great musicianship...I run out of superlatives...' --paradoxone.uk

'Palermo developed these charts during years of live shows with these musicians, and their mastery of the material shows in the performances, which turn on a dime yet feel fierce with spontaneous invention.... Palermo s arrangements and these performances are
precise, dedicated, raucous and incisive just like Zappa himself.' --JazzTimes

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This has a full big band, great players, and imaginative arrangements.
Barking Elk
Get this one and pick up Ed's other two records and enjoy the music of Frank Zappa than treat yourself to some of Frank's own music.
Or maybe it's just that I'm so grateful there are more albums since I listened to the first one so many times and then - yay!
Jazz fan

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Just Mike on September 11, 2009
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Are you in awe of the compositional genius of Frank Zappa, but sometimes feel like you could live without the sleaze and the cheesiness? Do you find yourself listening to his CD's selectively, skipping tracks of inane "skits" and dialogue to get to the good stuff? Yes, I do understand that this was part of Frank's genius; not unlike life itself, you have to cut through a lot of crap to find the inner beauty. But if, like me, you sometimes just want to listen to some great music without the hassle, Ed Palermo is the man. As the title indicates, he clearly has a reverance for the source material, but his bright, clean, uncluttered big band arrangements emphasize the beauty and ingenuity of Zappa's melodies. He goes directly to the good stuff, and stays there. And the quality of the musicianship and the soloing is just outstanding on every track. This one gets an unequivocal five stars. An earlier Palermo / Zappa CD - "Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance" - is equally excellent. In fact, I purchased this one on blind faith, bassed on that one. Grab them before they go out of print.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on June 5, 2009
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Another inspired effort from Ed's well-oiled band, brilliant arrangements ... and what makes it great is that these aren't just straight ahead note for note renderings; the band really has fun with the pieces which is refreshing - extending, elaborating, soloing, adding their "eyebrows" - in other words really digging into the music. It comes off as if they are intimately in-tune with the music they are dealing with while simultaneously adding so much groovy spontaneity and creativity to the proceedings, the results are fresh. And this, their 3rd installment is perhaps the most creative & surprising of them all. (To my ears - it sounds like it is) I love Big Bands (especially of this caliber) and I love Zappa's music (well, not all of it - but Ed seems to know the best of the best judging by his choices!) The question is will they do another? I mean, it's so good you just want the band to do more of this sort of thing in their own special way. Black Page? Inca Roads? Approximate? Grand Wazoo? Blessed Relief? Be-Bop Tango? Sinister Footwear? The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue? Strictly Genteel? G-Spot Tornado? Manx Needs Women? Cruising for Burgers? America Drinks & Goes Home? Brown Shoes Don't Make It? Yo Cats? Alien Orifice? 200 Motels stuff maybe? Outrage at Valdez perhaps? Zappa penned & recorded so many fun, unique & cool pieces. Only time will tell, there is no doubt that they could probably squeeze out another batch that would lend itself well (or be adapted) to the big band format, but then again, with the truly refreshing trilogy of recordings the EPBB has given us thus far, they have covered a lot of Zappa's best & most memorable music. I cherish all 3 and listen to them quite a bit!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Hiteshew on June 27, 2009
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Another grand effort by the Big Band, the best Z cover-band ever. Full of intricate versions, which are both familiar and unique. Excellent musicianship, a real labor of love. A nice way to sneak Frank in on unsuspecting listeners. A must-buy for all Zappa fans. Enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Curious Skeptic on October 28, 2009
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I love zappa but this music goes beyond Zappa. Ed Palermo's band starts off with the Zappa tunes and basic arrangements and then off they go. The arrangements change in the most creative ways. The musicianship is superb and the sound is just delightful. There is inspiration and adventure in this music. Zappa fan or not, if you appreciate quality musicianship, you will enjoy these guys.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Provede on July 17, 2009
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I love Frank Zappa. Ever since I was a kid in Junior High school I would congregate with my few `esoteric' cronies to sit in one of our bedrooms to listen and laugh to the wonderment that was the `Mothers of Invention'. With their artistry, creativity and virtuosity we were transported onto newer and higher planes of art that I believe changed our lives forever in many ways. Whilst listening we studied the album covers and liner notes with their personal dental X-rays, bubblegum smears and the bizarre cartoons by Cal Schenkel. We couldn't get enough of this `anti-Beatles, anti-establishment, anti-pop culture' multi-media extravaganza.

The `Mothers' opened a whole NEW world of music to me. They lead me to Jazz, fifties Rhythm and Blues, Avant-Garde Classical as well as Electronic and Musique Concrete techniques. All totally with a humor and sociological insight only examined by the `beats' and `intellectuals' of my generation. I was enthralled.

Now who was behind this all? A dissident iconoclast named Frank Zappa (the great puppet master of musical mayhem). Frank went on after the `Mothers' to have a very prolithic and lucrative career as a composer, band leader, filmmaker, social satirist and political activist.

OK, enough with this `brief history of time'. That's what GOOGLE and WIKI are for. Get on it kids! Now, let's set our `time machine' for the 21st century and the premier interpreter of the music of Frank Zappa; ED PALERMO AND HIS BIG BAND.

Ed is undoubtedly one of the `hottest' Jazz Saxophone players on the circuit today. Also, his band is an ensemble of virtuous musicians each in their own right with scrolling credits to their names. Oh? Would you like me to name a few? OK!
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