The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices (better known as Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares of The Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir),
recorded at the Utrechtse Domkerk (church) at the 2017 edition of the "Le Guess Who?" festival.
Contemporary, modern jazz. With a twist.
I saw the band in concert earlier this week at the 'Rataplan' jazz club and I loved it.
I still don't understand how they do it.
It's not 'just' playing polyrhythms. It's using the melody as the rhythm, even during improvisations.
Highly recommended !!
Catch them promoting "Now" at De Casino in Sint Niklaas BE on December 21,
or at Paradox Tilburg NL on May 4, 2018.
“Greg Lake Live In Piacenza” Limited Box Set, CD and Vinyl!
Manticore Italy Records is proud to announce the release of “Greg Lake Live In Piacenza” Limited Box Set, CD and Vinyl! Recorded in sound-demonstration quality this is the documentary of Greg Lake's last tour, recorded on November 28, 2012 in a sold out Teatro Municipale in Piacenza. It was a very special, magical evening, as Greg remembered in his outstanding autobiography, Lucky Man. The audience was so warm and he gave such a passionate performance. The Mayor of Piacenza and all the municipality attended the concert and went on stage thanking Mr. Lake for opening the “Musiche Nuove in Piacenza” festival. The concert was a triumph and eventually on January 9, 2016 the trustees of Conservatorio Nicolini of Piacenza gave Greg Lake the first honorary degree ever given by a Conservatorio.
This is a wonderful record, bringing the “Songs Of A Lifetime” project to its highest point. Exclusively for this concert, Greg performed with 3 special guests: Le Orme's leader Aldo Tagliapietra, ex PFM and Acqua Fragile's great vocalist Bernardo Lanzetti and the young talented Annie Barbazza, making the Piacenza show even more special and rare. It was Greg's wish that a precious, audiophile limited edition would re-launch his Manticore Label.
Those of you (of us) who took part in Dweezil campaign to support his new album, "Live In The Moment II", received a digital copy of the album last week.
A beautiful selection of live guitar tracks.
This is an excellent release.
As Dweezil says in the liner notes: “Live In The Moment” series of records is my homage to my father’s “Shut Up And Play Yer Guitar” album. On that pivotal album he compiled his favorite solos from his concert tours and sandwiched them together between assorted palette cleansing interludes in a way that can only be described as Zappa. The main focus of the record was his idiosyncratic guitar playing. He had an extraordinary ability to spontaneously compose with his guitar. His vast rhythmic and harmonic vocabulary allowed him to react to the music and create what he called “Air Sculptures.” I am grateful that he captured those stunning works of art and I am still mesmerized by them all these years later. Some of you reading this actually got to see those guitar performances live! Those excerpted solos took on a life of their own and stand alone as unique compositions. His ingenious playing coupled with his highly evolved guitar tones was the ideal delivery system to tantalize our senses. Both the playing and the tones from that record remain a huge daily inspiration to me.
"Live In The Moment II" includes four compositions by Frank Zappa. All the other compositions are by Dweezil.
This is what making Air Sculptures is all about.
A couple of weeks ago, the Gizmodrome album (feat. Stewart Copeland, Mark King, Vittorio Cosma and Adrian Belew) was only available as an import for us Yuripean folks.
Fortunately, this has changed, and you can find the album all over the world by now.
For your info, the Japanese edition is a 2CD set and totals 20 tracks.
Friday and Saturday, December 8 and 9, 2017, Dweezil Zappa performed with the UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra.
The Hilo Jazz Orchestra has been doing Zappa annual Zappa tributes for a number of years. For this latest one, they were able to get Dweezil to perform with them.
The Outhere Music record label has just released the brand-new "Now" album by Belgian jazz trio Aka Moon.
And as if that wasn't enough reason to be (extremely) happy, Outhere has also issued a 20 (twenty !!) CD Box to celebrate 25 years of Aka Moon.
"Constellations" presents 19 previously released Aka Moon albums (= their complete output, except for the "Live At The Kaai" album from 1999), plus one disc with an unreleased album from the late ninetees: "Light Ship Trio".
What a beautiful way to celebrate 25 years of Aka Moon.
One word : Wow !!
Here's how they celebrated their 20th anniversary at the Jazz Station in Brussels :
New PledgeMusic Campaign To Support the Recording and Filming of Rick Wakeman's “Live Portraits”
Keyboard legend Rick Wakeman will be recording a live version of his critically acclaimed album “Piano Portraits” at the Lincoln Cathedral in London on March 7th, 2018. “Live Portraits” be released on CD/DVD later this year. A new PledgeMusic campaign has been started to help fund the recording & filming of the event!
Folks, here's your last chance to see The Ed Palermo Big Band in 2017.
Let's ring in the New Year together at The Falcon (The Musical Jewel of Ulster County)!
Don't miss THE EDDY'S! A New Year's Eve award show to end all award shows!!
Billion Dollar Babies, Feat. Original Alice Cooper Group Members, First Ever Live Show - Flint 1977 Now Available!
Featuring Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway & Neal Smith!
Alice Cooper was undoubtedly one of the major rock artists of the 1970s and 80s. However, what is less well known is that originally the man now known as “Alice” was called Vince and he was the lead singer of a band called “Alice Cooper.” The band consisted of lead singer Vince Furnier, Glen Buxton (lead guitar), Michael Bruce (rhythm guitar, keyboards, main songwriter), Dennis Dunaway (bass guitar), and Neal Smith (drums). Furnier legally changed his name to Alice Cooper and has had a solo career under that name since the band became inactive in 1975. The Alice Cooper Group played their final show on April 8, 1974 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Bruce, Dunaway and Smith would go on to form the short-lived band Billion Dollar Babies, producing one album titled “Battle Axe” in 1977. While occasionally performing with one another and Glen Buxton, they would not reunite with Alice until October 23, 1999, at the second Glen Buxton Memorial Weekend for a show at CoopersTown in Phoenix (Buxton having died in 1997). This is a recording of the Billion Dollar Babies first ever live show on July 6, 1977 in Flint, Michigan, and what a show it was!
I Miss You
Rock n Roll Radio
Love is Rather Blind
Rock Me Slowly
Alice Cooper Medley: No More Mr Nice Guy/Neal Smith solo/Elected/Eighteen/School's Out
French band PoiL released their first album "L'Ire Des Papes" in 2008. It was download-only.
In 2011, the Dur Et Doux record label put out their second album, "Dins O Cuol", followed more recently, in 2014, by number three: "Brossaklitt".
As "Dins O Cuol" has been out of print for quite a while, Freakshow Records recently decided to re-release the album together with "L'Ire Des Papes".
KLANGGALERIE celebrates 25 years! Two evenings with 8 sensational live acts.
Replugged Vienna, June 15 and 16, 2018.
Tickets now available at the early bird price of € 50,- for the whole weekend.
Contact klanggalerie for more info and / or tickets
The line-up so far:
Renaldo & The Loaf
Renaldo & The Loaf relased their first album in 1979 in The Residents' Ralph label, after a previous album and 12" deal with a British label fell through. They soon became everybody's favourite group as they make music that is completely unique. A sort of medieval electronic playfulness has become their trademark. In 1980, the band played a 20 minute set to a very small crowd and later refused to go on a stage agaim because their sound couldn't be reproduced in a live setting. For Klanggalerie's 25th anniversary the band will play their first ever proper show including songs from the new album alongside some classic tunes. Possibly a once in a lifetime chance to ever see this group on a stage!
Here's Los Lobos performing 'Directly From My Heart To You', a song you might know from The Mothers Of Invention "Weasels Ripped My Flesh" album.
Written by R.Penniman.
First recorded by Little Richard (= Richard Wayne Penniman) / Johnny Otis.
The original version
Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention, with Don 'Sugarcane' Harris on the violin and on lead vocals !!
I saw Flat Earth Society in concert a little while ago. At 'De Roma' in Antwerp. It was one of the "Boggamasta" album-release-concerts.
I had seen them performing "Boggamasta" earlier this year (in Wilrijk if my memory serves me right) and for one reason or another, I wasn't convinced at the time. It was a fine concert, but I felt like I was missing something.
At 'De Roma', however, they had me on their rollercoaster from the first song on.
Maybe because I didn't (have to) use my earplugs ? Maybe because I heard it for the second time ? Maybe because the overall sound was better (and I could actually hear the rhythm secion) ?
"Boggamasta" is a project by David Bovée and Peter Vermeersch.
David Bovée played the guitar in the earlier FES-years but quit Flat Earth Society to tour the world with Think Of One.
And now he's back for a one-time project, "Boggamasta".
About half of the pieces were written by Peter Vermeersch. The other half by David Bovée, but all of the compositions mix Flat Earth Society's signature rhythms with world music elements.
Add some weird vocal effects and you get "Boggamasta".
The album sounds great. (Use headphones !! Dive into it !! )
Beautiful melodies, great rhythms...
Hints of a Zappa horn section, the Residents, Snakefinger, but also of Mulate Astatke.
This is modern jazz. Amazing.
Out on vinyl (with a selection of songs on the vinyl + a download code for the complete album),
and on CD.
The RSP says : "Nothing will ruin someone's holiday like the three new RSP CDs available TODAY. First up, the sonically enhanced "Salmon Dave" with sexy new cover art by Roy Tompkins. Then there's the first ever CD release of "They Saved Grandpa's Gauze", sure to make Grandma shed a tear into her mug of tepid egg nog during the "American Pickers" marathon. And as if that weren't enough, the ASS AND HAMMER album also makes its official debut, chock full of fucked up 70s cover tunes, and guaranteed to send cousin Beatrice out to her Buick LeSabre to fetch the 9mm Glock from the glove compartment. Sweet Jesus, swoop down and piss on EVERYTHING!! HOORAY!!!"
The German Psychophon Records label recently released the second album by Locust Fellow & Friends.
Music written and performed by Mr. Locust Fellow, lyics written by Shitty Bedford.
Additional performances by Ostrich Von Nipple (!!), Robot, Shitty Bedford and Savage Joe.
Love the art brut / outsider art by Poxodd.
It fits the music perfectly.
This is music from the other side of the fence.
A place where I like to take a walk every now and then.
Carl King has collected a number of his soundtrack material on this very fine compilation. Entitled "The Arcanosis! And Other Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Horror Music", this disc presents some great pieces of music.
All music is performed / excecuted / played by (or as) midi orchestrations in Steinberg Cubase.
Sounds really good.
Love it !
The bandcamp entry does not offer the CD. You need to go to the Carl King shop for this.
newsflash from the Jezus Factory Webshop: Something we have been ITCHING to tell you about... Heyme Langbroek, Kiss My Jazz saxophonist and Heavenhotel and Jezus Factory website designer extraordinaire found some live CD's in his loft... Amongst them was this recording from the legendary Gore Slut that was too good not to release; so we spoke to Rudy and decided upon this limited co-release between Heavenhotel and Jezus Factory... Strictly limited to 100 cassettes with download and exclusive new Rudy Trouvé artwork available in our webshop or bandcamp if you prefer or in a few days via heavenhotel as the official release date is 8th December...
Gore Slut were, Jacki Billet, bass– Dirk Belmans, drums – Rudy Trouvé, guitar and vocal – Thomas Noppe, guitar Founded in 1992, like so many heavenhotel bands in the cellar of heavenhotel, the house where Rudy, Jacki and Bassie lived. First record released in 1996 (These Days Are The Quiet Kind). Followed by a second in 1998 (Above The Lisa Drugstore). Third and ‘final’ one in 2001 (Girl + Turtles).
Gore Slut played traditional alternative guitar rock in the style of Dinosaur Jr, Yo la tengo, Sonic Youth, Jonathan Richman and Motorpsycho. Dark and introvert lovesongs, covered in a wall of noise.
This could have been where the story ended, but Heyme Langebroek of Kiss My Jazz was clearing his loft and found a dusty box of CD’s containing this live recording from 1997. He sent the box to Andrew from the sychophantic sympathetic UK Belgian friendly label Jezus Factory. After being blown away by several of the contents he messaged the ever busy Rudy Trouvé and he said ok to a co-release with his own label Heavenhotel.
A limited cassette of 100 copies and unlimited download felt like the way to go and what follows could be the first in an archive release series of classic heavenhotel bands…
THE MECHANICS DEBUT ALBUM - 'THE MECHANICS ARE DANCING IN YOUR HEAD'
RELEASED 1ST DECEMBER. NOW IN STOCK AND AVAILABLE TO SHIP IN TIME FOR RELEASE DATE
Genre blending and audience crossing drummer/percussionist Eric Thielemans (Tape Cuts Tape) is proud to present a brand new, exciting combo together with Rudy Trouvé (ex-dEUS, Tape Cuts Tape, Gore Slut, Kiss My Jazz), Mauro Pawlowski (ex-dEUS, Evil Superstars), Roman Hiele and Jean-Yves Evrard.
Our on CD and on vinyl.
Vinyl version silkscreen printed sleeve, limited to 300 worldwide
Prince's "Purple Rain" album (from 1984 !) got quite an upgrade earlier this year: a remastered version of the original album, a bonus disc with previously unreleased material, another extra disc with single edits and b-sides, plus a dvd with the "Live" vhs release from 1985.
This release had been on my list for quite a number of years. OK, so I wasn't able to locate an original copy of the cassette, but I did find the digital version and all of the info that I needed for the United Mutations Archives.
From 1995 and only five tracks, but Ten Center (featuring Russ Stedman) does cover Frank Zappa's 'Go Cry On Somebody Else's Shoulder' !!
Ten Center was Russ Stedman (guitar, vocals), Michael Myers (drums, vocals) and Aric Pringle (bass, vocals).
Uncompromising rock. Sounds great.
"Snazzed Outta yer Drawers" got released on cassette in 1995. It has been made available in a digital format very recently.
Ten Center (1995-1996) – The first “real band” I was in. Played about 50% my originals and 50% covers so obscure that no one probably knew the difference. We played a ton of shows, but no one ever liked us or came to see us because we weren’t alt-country, which was the big trend in town at the time.
Russ Stedman's Michael Kenyon Seizure project released this Pink Floyd tribute in 1995.
Psychedelic stuff, including tapes being playing backwards...
Adding data to the United Mutations Archives while I'm enjoying this.
The Michael Kenyon Seizure is non other than guitarist, composer and Do It Yourself artists Russ Stedman.
This 1993 cassette release might well have been the first release by The Michael Kenyon Seizure.
The K7 (cassette) has Russ playing guitar over various audio fragments. Mostly of people talking.
As the K7 cover suggests, a couple of these fragments are samples of Frank Zappa. One of those is FZ saying that there is no 'obscene' music. There's at least one musical snippet as well.
Very recently, this release has been made available in a digital format.
Check it out !
Brussels-based sexted Phoenician Drive has two released out on Bandcamp.
The first one is from 2016 and is entitled "Demos".
If you like rock music with Eastern, North African and Mediterranean influences (think Secrets Chiefs 3), you most definitely have to check this out !!
To be honest, I'm quite fond of christmas music mutations. Take Vince Guaraldi's jazz approach in "A Charlie Brown Christmas", or the Steve Vai compiled "Merry Axemas" albums where various guitar players do classic christmas tunes.
And now there's "X-Mas Death Jazz" where a fine selections of Christmas songs get the Panzerballett treatment. Arranged by (guitarist and composer) Jan Zehrfeld and performed by Jan Zehrfeld, Sebastian Lanser, Heiko Jung, Alexander von Hagke and Joe Doblhofer.
I love it.
Special guests include two of my musical heroes : Mattias 'IA' Eklundh who adds vocals and a number of fine guitar solos, and Mike Keneally who does some great vocals on 'Let It Snow'.
I loved the idea of a "X-Mas Death Jazz" album when I first heard about it, and I love the final result even more.
With three drummers, Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison and Jeremy Stacey, as well as the return of multi-instrumentalist Bill Rieflin on keyboards, guitarist and original founding member, Robert Fripp states that this “double quartet formation” is likely to make more noise than ever before. Rounding out the eight piece line-up are guitarist and vocalist Jakko Jakszyk, long-time bassist Tony Levin, and saxophonist and flautist Mel Collins, who was a mainstay of Crim from 1970-1972. The band’s packed three-hour shows draw on material from all periods of their history, including six historic tracks that Crimson have never played live before, as well as new arrangements of Crimson classics – “the music is new whenever it was written” – and, of course, a healthy dose of new material, including the compositions for three drummers, which are a regular highlight.
King Crimson 2018 European tour dates:
13th June Poznan, Poland Earth Hall
14th June Poznan, Poland Earth Hall
16th June Krakow, Poland ICE Congress Hall
17th June Krakow, Poland ICE Congress Hall
18th June Krakow, Poland ICE Congress Hall
20th June Essen, Germany Lichtburg
23rd June Vienna, Austria Stadthalle
24th June Vienna, Austria Stadthalle
26th June Prague, Czech Republic Forum Karlin
27th June Prague, Czech Republic Forum Karlin
1st July Berlin, Germany Admiralspalast
5th July Stockholm, Sweden Cirkus
6th July Stockholm, Sweden Cirkus
8th July Oslo, Norway Sentrum Scene
9th July Oslo, Norway Sentrum Scene
10th July Oslo, Norway Sentrum Scene
13th July Amsterdam, The Netherlands Concertgebouw
16th July Munich, Germany Philharmonie
19th July Pompeii, Italy Teatro Grande
20th July Pompeii, Italy Teatro Grande
22nd July Rome, Italy Auditorium Cavea
23rd July Rome, Italy Auditorium Cavea
25th July Lucca, Italy Piazza Napoleone
27th July Venice, Italy Teatro La Fenice
28th July Venice, Italy Teatro La Fenice
29th Oct Bournemouth, UK Pavilion Theatre
31st Oct Cardiff, UK St Davids
2nd Nov London, UK Palladium
6th Nov Birmingham, UK Symphony Hall
9th Nov Manchester, UK Bridgewater Hall
12th Nov Glasgow, UK Royal Concert Hall
15th Nov Paris, France L’Olympia
16th Nov Paris, France L’Olympia
Matt Juknevic's Insidious Rays recorded their first album in 2003. The band was based in Bethlehem, PA, and featured David Johnson on bass, who at the time was also playing Frank Zappa's music with Project/Object.
Special guest on lead guitar on one of the tracks on "More Songs About..." is none other than Robbie 'Seahag' Mangano, who was also part of Project/Object...
The band recorded a second album in 2005 and released another album (with another line-up) in 2015.
I don't know when the below clip got recorded, but it looks like the band also had Frank Zappa's 'Magic Fingers' on their setlist.
Hirohiko Otsubo's Bondag Fruit released six albums between 1994 and 2005.
Their latest (last?) album, "VI", which got released a bit over ten years ago, is a superb modern jazz release.
Guitar, bass, drums, violin, marimba.
It's great to hear how the band transformed from Zeuhl offspring on their first album, over more experimental stuff on their latest albums, to this excellent modern jazz.
Those who want to hear more of Hirohiko Otsubo should check out early Korekyojinn or Kazutoki Umezu Kiki Band.
Quality assured when Ed Palermo releases a new album.
On "The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren" Ed pays tribute to two of his musical heroes: Frank Zappa and Todd Rundgren.
I just keep on playing this album. It's great.
I'm not that familiar with the music of Todd Rundgren, but this might just be one of the most impressive introductions that one could get.
The Japanese Pangea record label released this Bondage Fruit compilation album in 1999, the same year that the Maboroshi No Sekai label released the fourth album by Bondage Fruit.
Five tracks, taken from the first three albums.
No new material, but pretty exciting music.
Data has been added to the United Mutations Archives.
Track 15 on Show #2 from Frank Zappa's The Haloween 77 Box has an error.
There's two or three seconds somewhere in the track that are repeated, making the track two or three seconds longe than it should be.
Those of us / of you who bought the box directly through Zappa dot com will receive a message with a link to a download of the correct track.
It looks like a radio broacast of a Missing Persons' concert found its way to a CD-release.
"Live In New York 1981".
Semi-official release on the Air Cuts record label.
Missing Persons = Dale Bozzio, Warren Cuccurullo and Terry Bozzio
Writer Dimitri Verhulst plus ten musicians, lead by guitar player and composer Corrie van Binsbergen who took care of the soundtrack.
I was very happy to attend the concert in Herentals a little while ago. Nice. Very nice.
Released on vinyl.
If you're able to attend one of these concerts, don't hesitate.
Belgian duo Magnus consists of CJ Bolland and Tom Barman.
(Tom Barman = dEUS, = Barman / Van Nueten, = TaxiWars)
Magnus is some sort of dance music project.
This first album, however, might be classified as some sort of rock album with dance beats.
It has been entered into the United Mutations Archives because it features Peter Vermeersch, Mauro Pawlowski and Tim Vanhamel.
The soundtrack of the documentary about Rachel Flowers has been made available on CD.
Rachel became known through a number of YouTube movies where she performed some great music, including a couple of Frank Zappa tunes. Shortly thereafter, she got invited on stage during a Zappa Plays Zappa concert.
The recording of Rachel with the Dweezil 'ZpZ' Zappa band perfoming 'Montana' is the closing track on this soundtrack.
It must have been June when I wrote: "Rhythmically challenging, melodically impressive and vocally top notch, "Edit Peptide" is sure to make some eyebrows move. The music is could be considered experimental progressive, yet it sounds so poppy."
Bubblemath's "Edit Peptide" has been on my playlist ever since. This is one great album so I thought I should mention it again.
Give it a listen !!
Out on Cuneiform.
I got my copy at www.mandai.be
About two years ago, Joe Deninzon made two tracks from their at-the-time upcoming album available : 'Guilty Of Innocence' and 'Take Your Medicine'. Both tracks sounded great. I couldn't wait for the album.
Luckily, I'm a patient person as it took Joe two more years to release the final album.
And patience pays off as this brand-new disc is superb.
"Guilty Of Innocence" has a great rock vibe. It is a very energetic album.
9 excellent original tracks and one coverversion.
Check it out.
It's available from CDBaby.
Here's Stratospheerius' version of 'Hysteria', originally recorded by some band called Muse.
For some reason, Bondage Fruit left out the number "V" in the album title of "Skin", their fifth release. Bondage Fruit had never been afraid to change course and shows this again on "Skin".
Two pieces. Two gigantic soundscapes.
Data has been added to the United Mutations Archives.
Keeping up the tradition of numbering their album, Bondage Fruit released "III - Récit" in 1997.
I like Bondage Fruit's first two albums, but I like "III - Récit" even more. It has a more progressive rock sound. With the guitar, the violin and the marimba up front in the mix, this is right up my alley.
Recorded live in concert, presenting 6 impressive compositions and fine improvisations.
from Glass Onyon PR The Ed Palermo Big Band Releases The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren, a Dizzying and Ingenious Reinvention of Music by Frank Zappa and Todd Rundgren!
Featuring Zappa Vocal Legend Napoleon Murphy Brock!
Ed Palermo may have gained an international following with his ingenious orchestral arrangements of Frank Zappa tunes, but he’s hardly a one-trick pony. Earlier in the year, the saxophonist released an uproarious double album The Great Un-American Songbook Volumes 1 & 2, a project celebrating an expansive roster of songs by successive waves of British invaders, from the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Jeff Beck to King Crimson, Traffic, and Jethro Tull.
With his new big band project, slated for release on Cuneiform Records on October 6, 2017, Palermo is back on his home turf, but the landscape feels strange and uncanny. He’s reclaiming the Zappa songbook, filtering Frank through the emotionally charged lens of the polymathic musical wizard Todd Rundgren in a wild and wooly transmogrification, The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren. Working with the same stellar cast of players, Palermo somehow captures the essence of these iconoclastic masters, making Zappa Zappier and Todd more Rundgrenian.
He sees the Zappa and Rundgren as embodying a ying and yang approach to life that played an essential role in helping him navigate the minefields of teenage angst in the 1960s. “For most of my high school days my favorite musicians were Zappa and Todd Rundgren,” Palermo says. “Rundgren had his songs about self-pity, which were exactly what I needed back then. I’d go out with a girl and whatever party I brought her to she’d go and hang out with another dude. Todd understood. At the same time, Zappa had these snarky songs like ‘Broken Hearts are for Assholes.’ It was tough love. You gotta broken heart? Deal with it. Todd Rundgren’s music was there to give you a hug. I wanted to contrast the hard-bitten Zappa followed by a bleeding heart Rundgren ballad.”
Though the title suggests a forced merger, The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren doesn’t mashup the oeuvres of the two masters. Rather, the album mostly alternates between the composers, creating a deliciously dizzying whipsaw as the two diametrical stances sometimes blur or even switch. Zappa’s soaring fanfare “Peaches En Regalia” is more inspirational than smarmy, with a particularly eloquent alto sax solo by Cliff Lyons, while a brisk and forthright version of Rundgren’s “Influenza” showcases the muscular lyricism of violinist Katie Jacoby, one of the orchestra’s essential voices.
Palermo reaches deep into the Rundgren songbook for “Kiddie Boy,” a stinging blues from 1969’s Nazz Nazz, the seminal second release by his underappreciated band Nazz (an album which originally bore the Zappaesque title Fungo Bat). Drawing directly from the maestro’s original horn arrangement, Palermo displays some impressive guitar work on a vehicle for Bruce McDaniel’s blue-eye vocals. Napoleon Murphy Brock delivers a poker-faced rendition of Zappa’s surreal “Montana,” the tune that turned a generation on to the lucrative potential of floss farming, and McDaniel and Brock join forces on Rundgren’s deliriously silly “Emperor of the Highway,” an homage to Gilbert and Sullivan.
The contrasting sensibilities of the Zundgrens comes into sharp focus in the center of the album. While Palermo has recorded Zappa’s “Echidna’s Arf (Of You)” this time he replaces the horns with McDaniel’s intricately layered vocals via the miracle of multi-tracking. From Zappa’s playfully odd metered work out the big band saunters into Rundgren’s greatest ballad “Hello It's Me,” an arrangement for McDaniel’s most impassioned crooning based on the original version from 1968 album Nazz (not the hit from his solo Something/Anything? album).
Tenor saxophonist Bill Straub swaggers through Rundgren’s “Wailing Wall,” which is sandwiched between two slices of Zappa at his snarky best, “Big Swifty Coda” and “Florentine Pogen,” another superb feature for Brock. Palermo spotlights a dark and wondrous Zappa obscurity with “Janet's Big Dance Number,” a brief piece recovered from 200 Motels featuring Ben Kono’s noir tenor solo. From that unified hedgehogian arrangement Palermo unleashes the multifarious fox on Rundgren’s “Broke Down and Busted,” a portmanteau arrangement that touches on Rundgren’s “Boat on the Charles,” the Ramsey Lewis hit “The ‘In’ Crowd,” Zappa’s “Brown Shoes Don’t Make It,” and even traces of Steely Dan’s “Pretzel Logic.” It’s a tour de force that feels like stream of consciousness journey, though the id truly emerged on the closing hidden track. In what has become a Palermo tradition, he includes yet another version of an enduring lament about the difficulties of relationships, arranged this time in Nazzian style by McDaniel.
The seamless ease with which Palermo and his crack crew navigate between the Zappa and Rundgren shouldn’t come as a surprise. Over the years Zappa’s music has proven supremely pliable in Palermo’s capable hands, as evidenced further by a recent concert at Iridium that paired his songs with standards indelibly linked to Ol’ Blue Eyes (is there an album The Adventures of Zinatra in the future?). Everything he brings into the big band is a labor of love.
“Todd Rundgren holds a very special place in my heart,” Palermo says. “I realized I was in love with my girlfriend (now wife) listening to his album Something/Anything? It was about 2 years ago doing our regular hit at The Falcon that I decided to have Zodd Zundgren night. A lot of people who like the music of Zappa also like Rundgren and Steely Dan, but there are enough Steely Dan cover bands out there.”
Born in Ocean City, New Jersey on June 14, 1954, Palermo grew up in the cultural orbit of Philadelphia, which was about an hour drive away. He started playing clarinet in elementary school, and soon turned to the alto saxophone. He also took up the guitar, and credits his teenage obsession with Zappa to opening his ears to post-bop harmonies and improvisation.
Palermo caught the jazz bug while attending DePaul University, and took to the alto sax with renewed diligence inspired by Phil Woods, Cannonball Adderley, and Edgar Winter (the subject of an upcoming EPBB project). Before he graduated he was leading his own band and making a good living as a studio player recording commercial jingles. But like so many jazz musicians he answered New York’s siren call, moving to Manhattan in 1977. After a year of playing jam sessions and scuffling Palermo landed a coveted gig with Tito Puente, a four-year stint that immersed him in Afro-Cuban music.
An encounter with trumpeter Woody Shaw’s septet at the Village Vanguard in the late 1970s stoked his interest in writing and arranging for larger ensembles, and by the end of the decade he had launched a nine-piece rehearsal band with five horns. Between Don Sebesky’s well-regarded book The Contemporary Arranger and advice from Dave Lalama and Tim Ouimette, “I got a lot of my questions answered and I’ll love them forever,” Palermo says. “Then the real education was trial and error. I lived in a little apartment with no TV or furniture. All I had was a card table, and once a week I’d rehearse my nonet, then listen to the cassette of the rehearsal and make all the changes.”
Palermo made his recording debut in 1982, an impressive session featuring heavyweights such as David Sanborn, Edgar Winter and Randy Brecker. As a consummate studio cat and sideman, he toured and recorded with an array of stars, including Aretha Franklin, Eddie Palmieri, Celia Cruz, Lena Horne, Tony Bennett, Mel Tormé, Lou Rawls, Melba Moore, The Spinners, and many others. As an arranger, he’s written charts for the Tonight Show Band, Maurice Hines, Eddy Fischer, and Melissa Walker. Employed frequently by bass star Christian McBride for a disparate array of projects, Palermo has written arrangements for a James Brown concert at the Hollywood Bowl, a Frank Sinatra tribute featuring Kurt Elling, Seth McFarland, and John Pizzarelli, and a 20-minute medley of Wayne Shorter tunes for the New Jersey Ballet.
Palermo had been leading his big band for more than a decade before the Zappa concept started coming together. Inspired by electric guitar master Mike Keneally, who performed with Zappa on some of his final concerts before his death in 1993, Palermo decided to arrange a program of 12 Zappa tunes. When the time came to debut the material at one of the band’s regular gigs at the Bitter End in early 1994, a sold-out crowd greeted the band.
He earned international attention with the ensemble’s 1997 debut The Ed Palermo Big Band Plays Frank Zappa on Astor Place Records, which received a highly-prized 4-star review from DownBeat. With Palermo’s brilliant arrangements and soloists such as Bob Mintzer, Chris Potter, Dave Samuels, Mike Stern, and Mike Keneally, the album made an undisputable case for the Zappa jazz concept. In 2006 he released another collection of Zappa arranged for his jazz big band, called Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance, on Cuneiform, thus beginning an ongoing collaboration with that label. While Palermo has written more than 300 Zappa charts, he’s cast an increasingly wide net for material. Recent releases like 2014’s Oh No! Not Jazz!!, 2016’s One Child Left Behind and 2017’s The Great Un-American Songbook Volumes 1 & 2 - all on Cuneiform and all recipients of DownBeat’s coveted 4-star ratings - featured a bountiful selection of his original compositions and material by composers not named Frank Zappa.
Nothing demonstrates the ensemble’s ongoing vitality better than the stellar cast of players, with longtime collaborators such as violinist Katie Jacoby, baritone saxophonist Barbara Cifelli, drummer Ray Marchica, and keyboardist Ted Kooshian. Many of these top-shelf musicians have been in the band for more than a decade, and they bring wide-ranging experience, expert musicianship and emotional intensity to Palermo’s music.
The band’s following continues to expand with its monthly residency at Iridium and bi-monthly gigs at The Falcon. In addition, performances (some headlining) at jazz festivals across the USA are winning new fans of all ages for the band. Palermo’s profile in the jazz press is also rising fast, with articles and feature stories appearing this past year in such publications as Jazz Times and Jazziz. Regarding recordings, albums by The Ed Palermo Big Band have been critically acclaimed and also embraced by the general public-jazz and rock fans alike. Palermo has already recorded dozens of new tracks for The Great Un-American Songbook Volumes 3 & 4, and is hoping Zodd Zundgren helps introduce Rundgren’s ingenious, heartfelt music to a new generation.
Posted by Carl King (Creator)
I’ll make this one quick.
MIKE KENEALLY has joined the cast of The Oracle Of Outer Space!
Ok, I won’t make it quick.
Mr. Keneally is currently in Joe Satriani’s band, and has in the past played with other music composition legends like Steve Vai and Frank Zappa. And of course he also played in Dethklok with Brendon Small.
While I was editing The Making Of Grand Architects Of the Universe (my previous album that he did voice acting on) I realized what a perfect fit he was for this — he had such an intuitive understanding of our bizarre Outer Space dialogue. I of course loved his acting performance on the album, but in reviewing the video footage of the session, I realized how expressive he was and how quickly he understood and adapted to each line in the script, even as multiple characters, in a cold and improvisational reading. He just immediately got it.
Our plan is to record Mike’s character acting for THE ORACLE OF OUTER SPACE in December.
Welcome, Mr. Keneally!
The writing team is full speed ahead on the script. I just spent many hours today doing a massive restructuring. Brain fried.
Thanks to everyone who has pledged, and keep helping to get the word out! More news soon...
I received this package from Italy a little while ago.
It contained a couple of books. I can't read one word of Italian but they look great in the library. Pictures have been added to the United Mutations Archives.
zappa (è piû duro di tuo marito) by massimo bassoli (1982, book, italy, gammalibri) = First edition. The second edition got released in 1984.
frank zappa testi con traduzione a fronte (1981, book, italy, arcana editrice)
freak out! - la mia vita con frank zappa by pauline butcher (2013, book, italy, arcana) Italian translation of the 2011 "My Life With Frank Zappa" book.
Three times the same music, but in a beautiful package.
10 minutes of Muffin Man by Slabdragger,
and an 8 minute version of Electricity by Wren.
Slabdragger explore their most carefree, fun side, turning Frank Zappa’s ‘Muffin Man' into a 10 minute-plus quagmire of sludge. Wren meanwhile make Captain Beefheart’s ‘Electricity’ bristle with a cold, almost mechanical, Krautian post-metal edge.
Japanese band Bondage Fruit released their first album in 1994.
Led by guitarist Kido Natsuki (Kiki band, Korekyojinn), the band released six albums between 1994 and 2005.
These albums are not really easy to find, but they're worth your while.
This is pretty amazing music.
Data of this first album has been added to the United Mutations Archives.
Japanese band Bondage Fruit released their second album, "II" in 1996. It was their first album on the Maborosi No Sekai record label. Actually, it was one of the first albums on the Maborosi No Sekai label altogether.
The band's influences are obvious : experimental music, Zeuhl (Magma), Zappa and fusion jazz.
Not a bad mixture, if I may say so.
Add to this the compositional skills of Kido Natsuki (who one should also know as the guitar player of Kazutoki Umezu's Kiki band) and the amazing technical capabilities of the bandmembers and you get Bondage Fruit.