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Make A Jazz Noise Here [2 CD]

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2CD set. Another set Zappa released culled from his final tour in 1988. This one is instrumental based & fantastic!

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  • Audio CD (October 30, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Zappa Records
  • ASIN: B00919V2ZS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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That's the noises jazz guys make when they are improvising or blowing their wad as some like to call it. Well, Zappa used to poke fun at these people and there is no exception on this outing. But let the truth be known - for the musician's on the stage for this particular incarnation of Zappa music are all amazing jazz musicians and all have prodigious chops to show off all that talent (and therefore have the right to poke fun at themeselves). This group of twelve of the best musicians on the planet (in any genre of music) play like I've never heard any before them. There are so many amazing moments on these two discs that I could write an entire book on this one album. But a few highlights (especially for the jazz cats) - the guitar solo by Frank on the tune "Cruisin' For Burgers" might as well be the greatest guitar solo you'll ever hear in this lifetime. Another amazing moment is the middle section of "Alien Orifice" where guitarist Mike Keneally realizes Zappa's impossibly difficult scored melody (and if that wasn't enough - listen to this same passage how it is doubled on marimba, alto, tenor, bari, trumpet, trombone, and keyboards). This music is mindblowing on all accounts, and lover's of great progressive rock (Crimson, Genesis, Yes, and others) who obviously respect talented musicians owe it to yourself to check out this disc -it will leave you speechless. Another amazing Zappa record in his MAMMOTH catalog. Full of jazz noises too, in all the right places...
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If you're new to Zappa's catalogue then it can be very daunting to decide what to try out. The man had so many releases and jumped across so many styles that there's no real guarantee that any particular release will do it for you.
This album is great for any of you who want to hear Zappa leading a TIGHT, TIGHT band playing mostly instrumental music. There are plenty of "jams" in the jazz sense of the word, not the Grateful Dead sense of the word. In other words, instrumentalists improv within a tight technical structure but the full band never drifts out into unrehearsed meanderings. More than any other release since Waka/Jawaka, this album makes me appreciate Zappa as a composer and bandleader. The man was a force!
Having heard well over half of Zappa's output before picking this up, I was a little surprised that it became one of my favorite listens almost immediately. I didn't realize just how good the '88 band was. And, I confess, the relative paucity of stage antics and jokes is actually somewhat refreshing. I just want to hear them play!
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The ill-fated 1988 band broke up mid-tour, and it ended up being Zappa's last tour. This was one of Zappa's big bands, and this is the most interesting of the 3 albums documenting it. This one focuses on extended instrumental sections. The band is very tight and the big horn section allows for ineresting new horn-driven arrangements of oldies like "Black Napkins" and "Orange County Lumber Truck", plus I THINK it's the only album where "Dupree's Paradise" is really fleshed out in a "rock" format.

One of the great things about Zappa's work is that he constantly reinvented his music. Listen to different versions of songs like "Cruisin' for Burgers" over a 20 year period (this version is a highlight of the album!), and you will see what I mean. I am lucky to have seen Zappa live many times from 1978 to 1988, and a Zappa show was never predictable. One could go see Zappa 2 or 3 nights in a row and get a different song list and truly improvised on-stage antics, audience participation, etc. Zappa didn't just go through the motions.

People who like "Roxy and Elsewhere", "Uncle Meat", "Burnt Weeny Sandwich" and "Grand Wazoo" will enjoy this one.

I hope someday they will release the Swaggart-version Beatles meddley they played as an encore on that tour. I nearly fell out of my chair laughing during that one (use your imagination - it's Zappa!)!
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By tim on May 14, 2004
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This album is almost overwhelming at some points. I havn't had it for too long, but Ive listened to it daily and enjoyed every second of it. The musicianship and understanding of the music between the members is amazing. This ranks (for me) above nearly everything (if not everything) that Zappa has put out, for me. This is one of the testemants to his genius. A few of the albums that define his musical ability for composition and musical structure aren't always accessable for the casual fan or people just interested in Zappa's music or more challenging works (such as the yellow shark or Civilization Phaze 3). That is by no means a let down, those albums show, when you really pay attention to everything thats going on, and realize that its not just random notes (aside from the few tracks that alot of close minded people would actually call music), that everything that's being played is meant to be played, are also a testemant to his genius. But sometimes people cant quite wrap their minds around that (which is understandable, although those are 2 of my favorite Zappa works). That's why this album is one of the most amazing outings in Zappa's vast catalog.
It's accessible upon first listen, it has alot of humor, alot of Zappa's best songs, including the Black page, the absolutely stunning melody of older tunes on the first disc, a reggea version of King Kong, an incredibly tight rendition of Big Swifty with a couple of really funny "musical quotes" lets call them, kind of like what happens at the end of Stairway to Heaven on The Best Band You've Never Heard in Your Life, Alien Orifice (check out the middle section to that one, HOLY CRAP, what band can do that?!). I wish I had gone into how the songs are, but trust me, it's worth every penny.
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