Panzerballett is one of the most interesting and totally eclectic bands that I have had the joy of coming across in recent memory. Music critics call their sound “an innovative mixture of jazz, funk and metal, crossing complex polyrhythms with metal guitar riffing, funky grooves and jazz improvisation.” Like the best work of 1970s Brecker Brothers combined with hints of Return To Forever and Funkadelic‘s Maggot Brain, Panzerballett has created a unique heavy metal/ funk/ jazz fusion hybrid of their own design. In doing so, they’ve created Zappa covers just as unique.
In the above video, Panzerballett performs “Zappa Medley From Hell – Part I” at the Jazz Club Neue Tonne, Dresden, Germany, on October 4th, 2010.
From Panzerballett‘s 2009 album, ‘Hart Genossen Von Abba Bis Zappa‘ (Hard Comrades from Abba to Zappa):
Zappa Medley From Hell – Part I
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Zappa Medley From Hell – Part II
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Jan Zehrfeld – guitar
Joe Doblhofer – guitar
Alexander v. Hagke – sax
Heiko Jung – bass
Sebastian Lanser – drums