JazzTimes (p.66) - "Saxophonist/arranger Ed Palermo has devoted substantial time and effort to exposing Zappa's compositional acumen by transposing his work to big band, where Zappa's genius can be examined freshly in another context."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.104) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t reinforces Zappa's place among great 20th Century composers such as Gershwin and Porter."
Tributee: Frank Zappa.
Personnel: Bruce McDaniel (vocals, guitar); Veronica Martell (vocals); John Palermo (guitar, mandolin); Phil Chester (flute, piccolo, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Ben Kono (flute, oboe, tenor saxophone); Barbara Cifelli (clarinet, bass clarinet, e flat clarinet, baritone saxophone); Cliff Lyons (clarinet, alto saxophone); Bill Straub (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Ed Palermo (alto saxophone); John Hines , Ronnie Buttacavoli, Steve Jankowski (trumpet); Charles Gordon, Joe Fiedler (trombone); Matt Ingman (bass trombone); Bob Quaranta (piano); Ted Kooshian (kurzweil); Paul Adamy (electric bass, fretless bass); Ray Marchica (drums).
Audio Mixer: Bruce McDaniel.
Liner Note Author: Ed Palermo.
Recording information: Jankland Recording, Wall Township, NJ.
Photographers: Cliff Lyons; Kim Willows; Bernard Ente; Kyung Chul Choi; Nancy Palermo.
Arranger: Ed Palermo.
Alto saxophonist and big band leader Ed Palermo has shown a dedication to inventive, restless musicianship since the 1980s, and his love for other innovators, such as Frank Zappa, informs his work. With 2009's EDDY LOVES FRANK, Palermo delivers his third, and most ambitious, treatment of Franz Zappa's work. Drawing on obscure Zappa gems such as "Night School" and "Regyptian Strut," Palermo writes wildly intricate arrangements (of songs that were already plenty intricate) for his 16-piece band. Dynamite solos from Palermo and others push the already high excitement level higher.
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