Anyone who knows me, knows my affinity for Big Band Zappa, so whenever I get an opportunity to hear Ed Palermo Big Band arrangements of Frank Zappa’s compositions, it’s a real treat. Today was no different, when I uncovered Palermo’s February 6th, 2009, show at Five Towns College, Dix Hills Performing Arts Center, Dix Hills, NY (with guests Napoleon Murphy Brock, Bruce McDaniel, and John Tabacco) available for download.
The concert begins with a wonderful one-two punch with “Pachuko Hop/Behind The Sun“, a version I hadn’t heard since the Mothers 1969 bootleg, Pachuko Hop, followed by “Pojama People/Inca Roads” (see clip above). Other highlights include “The Idiot Bastard Son“, “Village of the Sun/Montana“, “Strictly Genteel” with Bruce McDaniel on vocals, and the concert finale “Evelyn, A Modified Dog” sung by John Tabacco. My favorite clip of the show is “King Kong/21st Century” (below):
In addition to the Dix Hills concert, also available for download are excerpts from Ed Palermo’s CD launch party at the Iridium club on June 3, 2009. Outstanding tracks such as “Rollo/Regyptian Strut” and “We Are Not Alone” are must hear, and “Is That All There Is?” and “Yo Cats” featuring Mike James on vocals are hilarious.