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  • Audio CD (February 4, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2014
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: CUNEIFORM
  • ASIN: B00GU3BJ38
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,869 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Inca Roads (vocals: Napoleon Murphy Brock)
2. The Uncle Meat Variations
3. Little Umbrellas
4. The Dog Breath Variations
5. Chunga's Revenge
6. Lumpy Gravy
7. The Black Page #2
8. America Drinks And Goes Home
Disc: 2
1. Moosh
2. Prelude To an Insult
3. Why Is the Doctor Barking?
4. Prelude To a Catastrophe
5. A Catastrophe (Is Just Around the Corner)
6. Let's Reproduce
7. An Escape Nonetheless
8. Nostalgia Revisited (for Susan)
9. The Insult

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The Ed Palermo Big Band is led by alto saxist and arranger Ed Palermo; he has had this big band with much of the same personnel for over 30 years, which is an impressive feat in itself, and has had his band performing the music of Frank Zappa for 20 years.

There are a number of ensembles performing the music of Frank Zappa, who is now recognized as one of the great 20th century American composers, but no one does it with this ease, skill and originality!

The band is a 18 piece ensemble of five woodwind players, four trumpeters, three trombonists, two keyboardists, guitar, violin, bass and drum. All of these musicians are NYC professionals, and they have been playing this music for years with Ed, because, like Ed, they recognize and appreciate the genius inherent in the huge body of Zappa's work, and they want to keep this great music alive and in front of the public.

OH NO! NOT JAZZ!! consists of two discs: The first disc further explores Ed's distinctive, big band interpretations of the music of Frank Zappa, while the second disc features Ed's own, colorful compositions.

Review

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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“Moosh” immediately grabbed me and I was hooked.
john newcott
If you enjoy Frank Zappa's classic tunes, you will enjoy them with the big sounds of Palermo's band.
Albert
The Palermo songs are really good but I need my FZ.
JJH

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. J. Madoff on February 6, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Ed Palermo is a monster arranger. His mastery of musical genres from Zappa to jazz to funk to rock to classical to swing to whatever else he throws in makes for a totally fun listening experience. Both discs are fantstic. Both are unique. Both are fun. I can't even say which I like better because every cut is great. A lot of superlatives, but in a time when most music is created in a studio/laboratory this has the soul and spontanaety of a live performance with muscians that can really play. Buy this. Crank up the sound and go on a very cool trip.. I've seen the Ed Palermo Big Band in person several times - do not miss them. This 2 disc release is the next best thing to being there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By john newcott on April 4, 2014
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Ed:
Your latest disc is playing here at my desk and I estimate this is probably my 5th or 6th listen now and by golly, it keeps getting better. How is that possible? Well, on to my “review”. This is my favorite recording of yours since your first on Astor Place. Don’t get me wrong, I love them all, but this production is just stellar on every level. The fact is, it’s a satisfying listening experience from start to finish and it’s a 2 CD set! Sadly, it’s all too rare for an Artist to take the care to make that happen on 1 disc.

The Zappa Disc is spectacular! It’s not just the selection of tunes (“Chunga’s Revenge”, “The Black Page #2”, “Little Umbrellas”, “Lumpy Gravy”, etc.) and the arrangements (among your finest) but it’s also the SEQUENCE. It’s all very fluid and has a real FEEL. Nicely done maestro. But, as magnificent as DISC 1 might be, it’s all about DISC 2!

I was giddy with anticipation to hear a full “side” of PALERMO music and it certainly did not disappoint. I love YOUR MUSIC Ed. Given the brilliance of your arrangements of Frank’s music I just KNEW that Palermo the composer had some things to say.
and man do you ever!

“Moosh” immediately grabbed me and I was hooked. The statement of the theme at the “end” of Track 1/beginning of “Prelude to an Insult” is brilliant as is Track # 2. “Why is the Doctor Barking?” is wickedly funny while being musically engaging, a hallmark of the Palermo sensibility if I might be so bold. “Prelude” is beautiful and “Catastrophe” is such a great tune, one that gets stuck in my head (hmmm, what does that say about me?). And the chart, well . . . . there’s also the soloing (solid Jackson) not only on this track but throughout the CD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jerbear on March 17, 2014
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I simply love this band there is so much to love here. Start off the music of Frank Zappa and these wonderful arrangements by Ed. It doesn't stop there Ed has put together what has to be the best big band around today. They are tight and right on the money they do Frank's music justice. This the forth cd of Frank's music by Ed and his band. What great songs Inca Roads always a favorite of mine Little Umrellas, Uncle Meat, The Black Page and so much more. Once we see what a great composer Frank was. This is only half of story here because this release has two cds and the second one is all Ed's songs which fit perfectly with the music on the first cd. It has the perfect blend of music styles all played beautifully by this band. Now if you love big bands and the music of Frank Zappa this release is for you. Once you hear this you to will fall in love with this band. You can get all of not only Ed's music plus the music of Frank Zappa right here at Amazon my music store.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JJH on April 28, 2014
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I will be ordering a physical CD soon. My mistake.
The Palermo songs are really good but I need my FZ.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Albert on March 20, 2014
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Ed Palermo's "Oh No! Not Jazz!!" is a cool jazz cd. If you enjoy Frank Zappa's classic tunes, you will enjoy them with the big sounds of Palermo's band. This two CD set is split between renditions of Zappa's compositions, with the second CD of Palermo's tunes, with a Zappa flavor. I heard a cut on NPR and I knew that I had to have it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By W. Tilland on April 7, 2014
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Palermo has been bucking trends for over thirty years, keeping a wildly talented group of musicians together (eighteen on these two disks) and producing timeless big band jazz that embraces the essence of the genre. Palermo's sophisticated arrangements bring to mind the best of every big band from Duke Ellington and Stan Kenton to early Quincy Jones, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis and Gil Evans. But Palermo's commercial breakthrough came in 1994, when he started dipping into the Frank Zappa catalog. Uninformed cynics may have seen this as a crass, calculated move, but those who really know Zappa's music have always been aware of Zappa's contempt for lowest-common-denominator three-chord rock, his musical humor and his awesome compositional abilities.

The first disk of the two in this set is actually Palermro's fourth foray into Zappa's extensive repertoire, following The Ed Palermo Big Band Plays the Music of Frank Zappa (1997), Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance (2006) and Eddy Loves Frank (2009). Vocals are largely absent and Zappa's gonzo guitar is no longer front and center -- although on this newest collection, Bruce McDaniel does some fine guitar shredding on "Inca Roads" and "The Uncle Meat Variations." However, Palmero's arrangements are far from slavish, note-for-note copies. He gets inside the music, capturing Zappa's iconoclastic spirit and quirky musical humor while maintaining a legitimate big band sensibility. And in spite of Zappa's infamous comment that "jazz isn't dead, it just smells funny," I think Zappa would get a huge charge out of what Palermo does with his music.

Palermo's own compositions on Disk Two are certainly no letdown.
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