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  • Audio CD (May 23, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cuneiform Records/Ra
  • ASIN: B000F5WN5U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,987 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7. Mom And Dad/Oh No
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This has a full big band, great players, and imaginative arrangements.
Barking Elk
If you like Zappa's music, like jazz, big band, or great arrangements, you can't go wrong with this CD.
COMPUTERJAZZMAN
I think it is truly an homage to Zappa to add to his music without blatantly changing it.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 8, 2006
Format: Audio CD
For more than a decade alto sax player Ed Palermo has been performing big band versions of his musical hero, Frank Zappa. On TAKE YOUR CLOTHES OFF WHEN YOU DANCE, Palermo mostly sticks to Zappa's classic early period by covering tracks from Zappa's WE'RE ONLY IT IT FOR THE MONEY(1968), including a Latin-styled take on the title tune and a rare vocal on "Mom And Dad/Oh No"; as well as "Pound for a Brown on the Bus" from UNCLE MEAT (1969), "Gumbo Variations" from HOT RATS (1969), and "Dwarf Nebula..." from "WEASELS RIPPED MY FLESH (1970). The most recent Zappa composition is "Moggio," which closes the CD, from MAN FROM UTOPIA (1983).

It's worth noting that with this second release of Zappa compositions from Palermo, Palermo--at 52--is the same age as Zappa when he died in 1993. Palermo's arrangments are always engaging and contain the essence of the originals while putting his own unique stamp on them. As a fan who first fell under Zappa's spell when I heard WE'RE ONLY IN IT FOR THE MONEY and UNCLE MEAT when I was in high school, it's refreshing to hear Palermo breathe new life into these songs. [PS: For those reviewers who lament that his first Zappa tribute CD is out of print, according to a recent interview, Palermo says he still has a few available directly through him at edpalermo@comscast.net.]HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Fred Neurohr on August 28, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I've been waiting for this record for eight years ... thanks Ed, Carl, Ted, et al., for exceeding my expectations. I reviewed their first record which I think is great ... as Ed writes in his liner notes, it's a shame it's out of print. (Um, hey Ed ... can ya maybe do sumpin' about dat?)

This CD is a rollicking, gymnastic jazz tour-de-force. Although I'm still spinning it, I'm impressed by the production, the excellent musicianship and overall sound of this record. At the risk of being redundant, it's great for Zappa enthusiasts like myself and it's cool jazz sound is totally unlike the vapid "cool jazz sound" found on stupid "cool jazz" radio stations. At the risk of sounding pedantic, this is music for people who like good, complex, well-executed, yet soulful music.

And, most importantly, Ed's passion for FZ's work is more than evident. Thanks for carrying on the legacy ... Frank's digging it big time, I know it!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By The Reverend on August 4, 2006
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First off, this CD is excellent. The only complaint I have it that their first release contained a lot more guitar work and it sizzles while still paying tribute to FZ's unique technique.

What I really enjoy about the arrangements is that there are snippets of many other FZ songs contained within. They might be only a stanza or two but Zappaphiles will relish identifying them. The performances are tight yet have an improvisational feel to portions. The audio quality is top notch to boot. I have been listening to this CD non-stop since I bought it and I'm still hearing new things in the songs. I regret that their first CD is no longer in print as I'm sure anyone finding this release enjoyable will really declare the first one a true gem. I wonder how Gail, Dweezil and the rest of the Zappa clan feel when they hear Frank's wonderful music in this jazz environment? I would hope they are as grateful as I am to know that this American composer is still very much alive in this music and still held in awe by those who loved him and his musical genius. Thanks, Ed for keeping the flame burning. I'm making a trip to NYC to hear this band perform this material live--but that's another review.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Geoff Pointer on June 22, 2006
Format: Audio CD
My first impression was that the production is a bit too LA, just like the first Ed Palermo Zappa tribute. There's a few places where it begins to sound a little less inhibited and the eyebrows start to appear. I could play this at a dinner party and the guests who are not very familiar with FZ might not even realise it's his music. Don't get me wrong, it's very well played and I like the way the guitarist sings the two vocal tracks, but it's played in a very clean cut way on the whole and I'm not always sure about the instrumentation choices for certain melodies. Highlights on the Gumbo Variations track are the tenor sax work by guest Dave Riekenberg and the guitar solo by Carl Restivo.

After listening to this album many times through the weeks after it arrived in my letterbox, it has really grown on me. It doesn't take long to cut through the LA production, to find this is a very gutsy album. One criticism I still have is that there could be more obvious use made of the guitar. There seems to be a general reluctance in this department because Zappa was such a unique legend on the guitar, but either way, guitars were often a big part of his arrangements. That's one of the things I like about LeBocal's Memorial Barbecue, the guitar has an unafraid and significant presence and also a deadly violin solo and some very interesting piano work.

Having said that, there are many good solos by various members of Ed's band on this latest offering and his own sax playing is outstanding and all of Ed's arrangements are very well done. There's actually quite a depth and breadth to this album that I just wasn't able to take in on the first couple of listens.
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