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Eddy Loves Frank

Eddy Loves Frank by The Ed Palermo Big Band
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The Ed Palermo Big Band

Label: Cuneiform Records
Released: 2009
Views: 142

Track Listing

1.Night School 06:22

2. Echidna's Arf (of You) 09:46

3. Regyptian Strut 06:55

4. Don't You Ever Wash That Thing? 06:28

5. Dupree's Paradise 05:43

6. What's New in Baltimore 06:07

7. Let's Move to Cleveland 06:34

8. America the Beautiful 05:27


The Ed Palermo Big Band

Additional Personnel / Information

The Ed Palermo Big Band consists of:

Leader, arranger, alto sax: Ed Palermo


Ronnie Buttacavoli

John Hines

Steve Jankowski


Charles Gordon (trombone)

Joe Fiedler (trombone)

Matt Ingman (bass trombone)

Saxophones, Flutes, Clarinets:

Cliff Lyons (alto sax, clarinet)

Phil Chester (alto & soprano sax, flute, piccolo)

Ben Kono (tenor sax, flute, oboe)

Bill Straub (tenor sax, clarinet)

Barbara Cifelli (baritone sax, Eb mutant & bass clarinet)

Rhythm Section:

Bob Quaranta (acoustic piano)

Ted Kooshian (synth / Kurzweil)

Bruce McDaniel (guitar, vocals)

Paul Adamy (electric bass)

Ray Marchica (drums)

Guests on Eddy Loves Frank:

John Palermo (mandolin, guitar), Rob Paparozzi (bass harmonica), Veronica Martell (vocals)

Written-By – Frank Zappa (tracks: 1 to 7)

Written-By – Lyrics: Katharine Lee Bates, Music: Samuel A. Ward (track 8)

Arranged-By – Ed Palermo

Album Description

Eddy Loves Frank is the third album to feature the music of Frank Zappa as arranged by Ed Palermo and performed by the Ed Palermo Big Band. Speaking about Eddy Loves Frank, Ed says, "I'm prouder and happier than ever about this CD because I felt less constrained to follow Zappa's structural formats. It has never been my intention to replicate Zappa's recordings (what would be the point?) and with this new CD (my 3rd of Zappa music) I felt freer to manipulate the structures more than I ever have. I suppose it's a natural evolution."

Eddy Loves Frank features Palermo’s stunning, jazz-oriented arrangements of 7 Zappa tunes and a radical-yet- lovely (and very heartfelt) arrangement of “America The Beautiful,” which is the only song on the CD to feature vocals. Like his other recordings of Zappa arrangements, the CD is primarily instrumental; Palermo believes that without lyrics, “the songs are more spacious and have more of a jazz feel...the humor of Frank’s lyrics remain with the different instrumentations...” Despite the music’s complexity, Palermo’s incredibly skilled 17 piece band and three guest musicians play it with inspiration and apparent ease.

The Ed Palermo Big Band's recordings of the music of Frank Zappa have introduced Zappa's music and big band jazz to new audiences and generations. Eddy Loves Frank, a brilliantly original and entertaining album of big band jazz, shows that Zappa’s music has become assimilated into the American songbook. It also reveals that Zappa, as an American rock composer, deserves to be recognized with as much respect as America’s other revered popular music composers, including jazz composers such as Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Thelonius Monk, Oliver Nelson, and popular song composers such as George Gershwin and Cole Porter.

Eddy Loves Frank was released as part of Cuneiform’s “Contemporary Masters” series, featuring groups whose repertory includes the works of such groundbreaking composers/artists/bands as Albert Ayler, Miles Davis, Captain Beefheart, John McLaughlin / Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Frank Zappa. These groups, many of them jazz, serve as repertory ensembles that cover, arrange, interpret and/or create new music inspired by master composers who originally worked in rock, jazz, or jazz-rock/fusion contexts. [press releases by J. N. Feigenbaum]


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