Crazy times call for outrageous music, and few jazz ensembles
are better prepared to meet the surreality of this
reality-TV-era than the antic and epically creative Ed Palermo
Big Band. The New Jersey saxophonist, composer and arranger is
best known for his celebrated performances interpreting the
ingenious compositions of Frank Zappa, an extensive body of work
documented on previous Cuneiform albums.
But his fifth project for the label,
The Great Un-American Songbook Volumes I &
II , is a love letter to the rockers
who ruled the AM and FM airwaves in the 1960s via successive
waves of the British Invasion. Featuring largely the same
stellar cast of players as last yearís gloriously eclectic
Child Left Behind, the 18-piece EPBB lovingly
reinvents songs famous and obscure, leaving them readily
recognizable and utterly transformed. The first installments in
what he hopes to be an ongoing project, these two volumes give a
whole new meaning to 'swinging London'.
PURCHASE LINKS //
DIRECT FROM ED:
$20 with $3.00 for postage. $23 for a DOUBLE DISC CD!
Just write a check made out to Ed Palermo and mail to
27 Westwood Drive North
West Orange, NJ 07052
OR if you do VENMO or PAY PAL, thatís cool, too. Just use my
New YouTube Channel
"The Best of the EPBB"
(piccolo, flute, baritone saxophone,
(piccolo, flute, soprano
& alto saxophones)
(vocals & guitar)
"I canít remember the last
a concert left me
The entire evening was a stunning balance of musical
precision, passion and power."
Over the past two decades Ed Palermo has
earned an avid international following with his brilliantly
executed, reverently irreverent arrangements of Frank Zappaís
tempestuous and wildly inventive music. On previous Cuneiform albums
like 2006ís Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance,
2009ís Eddy Loves Frank and 2014's Oh No! Not
Jazz! , the New Jersey saxophonist, composer and arranger
infused the world of Zappalogy with his own brand of incisive wit
and bracing improvisation. He doesnít neglect Zappa on his fourth
Cuneiform dispatch, One Child Left Behind, released in
January 2016. But instead of offering another full-Frank immersion
he turns his big band loose like itís playing one of its regular
gigs at Iridium or The Falcon, a Hudson Valley jazz
oasis. Exploring an expansive array of moods and material, the band
delivers an audaciously entertaining program thatís full of
Electric Butter Show featuring Rob Paparozzi
at WBGO's Jazz on the Mountain Festival January 17, 2016
Photo by Jeffrey Evans
A message from Ed:
For a variety of reasons, I have decided to stop
using Frank Zappa's name in our concert and night club advertising.
For one, it's common knowledge at this point that the Zappa Estate
frowns on it, so part of my decision is to hopefully placate the
estate, though it was never my intention to capitalize on FZ's name
and fame. It was strictly to inform the audience of the material
they would hear at the shows.
Let it be said that this project, The Ed Palermo Big Band in tribute
to the music of Frank Zappa, is and will always be, a money losing
Those of you who have seen us in performance know that this whole
thing is about love, as corny as that sounds. Frank himself would
probably wretch at this abject sentimentality, but it's true. Love
for Frank's music and for everything he brought to our culture. From
now on, my concerts will be a mixture of music, but Zappa tunes will
always be in the forefront.
So when you check this site for concert information, to get an idea
of the exact material we'll be performing, it's best to get on my
mailing list so I can send you a personal email detailing what we
intend to play.
Fair enough? I sure hope so.
|The new EPBB
T-shirt is available now at all our shows.