Big Band Zappa — Ed Palermo


Three reasons to purchase every Ed Palermo Big Band CD you can possibly get your hands on:

One:

Ed Palermo’s Big Band performs “Echidna’s Arf” with Mike Keneally during the early show at River Street Jazz Café in Wilkes-Barre, PA, on August 16th, 1998.

Two:

Ed Palermo Big Band performs “Cruising For Burgers” at the Iridium Jazz Club, NYC, November 10th, 2004.

Three:

The Ed Palermo Big Band probably has the greatest horn section since the 1988 Zappa band disbanded (Ed Palermo’s interpretations of Frank Zappa compositions are always a delight to hear).

Yes, Balint, I can feel Eddie’s love for Frank.

5 Responses to “Big Band Zappa — Ed Palermo”

  1. Chuck says:

    “The Ed Palermo Big Band probably has the greatest horn section since the 1988 Zappa band disbanded (Ed Palermo’s interpretations of Frank Zappa compositions are always a delight to hear).”

    Personally I think Ed’s horns arrangements are vastly better than FZs on that tour…. really because he knows how to arrange for horns.

  2. Chris says:

    Holy crap, that version of “Echidna’s Arf” KILLS.

  3. Sterbus says:

    The only thing that makes me think when I hear cover like these (that are indeed beautiful) is that I feel like the musicians are “not singing, but just counting”…

  4. Disciple of "Bob" says:

    I’ve tried really hard to like Ed Palermo’s Big Band, but I just can’t. They always sound a bit stiff to my ear. I think they’re missing the eyebrows.

  5. Bálint says:

    Disciple of Bob: I don’t think you HAVE TO like it… :-) This is just one possible way to play a certain music – and some (like me) like the enthusiasm and richness and re-orchestration behind the whole thing. Of course it’s different – but cover-bands are for being different, to make new arrangements, to give ne perspectives, etc. This is ONE possibility – and TO ME its quite tasteful. But there are so much other things to like… :-) fortunateli Ed Palermo is not the only one makking FZ-covers.
    (BTW: did I mention zappafan.net lately?… ;-) )

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