Oh No! Not Jazz!!
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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.
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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Disc 2 covers Ed's own big band compositions (as well as one by David Leone and one from The Beatles), and they are also great, although not in the same league as Zappa's. The playing throughout is virtuosic.
Highly recommended, highly enjoyable listening!
Both of these discs are in Heavy Rotation at my Digs and will be for some time to come. Buy with confidence and ENJOY! (thanks Ed!)
The Palermo songs are really good but I need my FZ.
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ed really captures the zappa
feel...no easy feat for any sane person
Off to the races..urging the listener to keep up.
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?Read more