The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren Track Listing:
1. The Solemn Z-Men Credo (0:25)
The Ed Palermo Big Band
Rakishly Ribald Reeds: Cliff Lyons, Phil Chester, Bill Straub, Ben Kono, Barbara Cifelli
Triumphant Trumpets: Ronnie Buttacavoli, John Bailey, Steve Jankowski, Steve Jankowski
Terrifying Trombones: Charley Gordon, Mike Boschen, Matt Ingman
Pulsating Piano: Bob Quaranta
Scintillating Synth/Sampler: Ted Kooshian
Browbeating Bass: Paul Adamy
Dare-Devil Drums: Ray Marchica
Iconic Electric And Acoustic Violins, Villainous Vocals: Katie Jacoby
Gallant Guitar And Valorous Vocals: Bruce Mcdaniel
Producer: Bruce McDaniel
Executive Producer: Ed Palermo
Alternative Executive Producer: Kellyanne Conway
Mostly recorded at Peaceful Waters Music, July 17, 2016-June 2, 2017.
Wayne Warnecke: Engineer
“Peaches En Regalia”, “Absolutely Free”, “Wailing Wall” and “Janet’s Big Dance Number” recorded at Jankland Recording, Wall Township, NJ.
Steve Jankowski: Engineer
Mixing, mastering, and additional recording by Bruce McDaniel at Rock Ridge Recording, New Orleans, LA.
Art & design, concept: Hugh Brennan
Illustrations: Matthew Brennan
All arrangements by Ed Palermo with the exceptions of:
“Big Swifty #1 and #2”, “Echidna’s Arf (Of You)”, by Bruce McDaniel.
“Flamingo” brilliantly arranged by Pierre Piscatelli.
“Marqueson’s Chicken” transcribed by Bruce McDaniel, arranged by Ed Palermo.
“Echidna's Arf (Of You) ” all vocals arranged and performed by Bruce McDaniel.
Producer: Bruce McDaniel
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PROMOTIONAL TRACK //
Long revered and celebrated for his insistently
inventive jazz arrangements of Frank Zappa compositions, New
Jersey saxophonist/composer/arranger Ed Palermo returns with
his fourth album featuring his big band playing his jaw-dropping,
brain-busting, and wildly antic charts. Oh No! Not Jazz!!,
is the band’s third project for Cuneiform, but this time Palermo is
offering his own jazz vision along side Zappa’s music. It’s a
fascinating juxtaposition, with Palermo’s talent-laden 18-piece
orchestra digging into his originals, which stand up effectively
next to Zappa’s ingenious songbook.
Ed and his amazing 16 piece band (+ guests) return with his third album of his distinctive, big-band interpretations of the great 20th century composer, Frank Zappa. This body of work has won them huge acclaim from both new and old fans of the music and they even appeared on NPR's Weekend Edition for a short feature which was heard by millions of listeners in 2006. For those not already familiar with Ed's colorful, jazz-based arrangements of Zappa's compositions, Ed has led a big band for 30 years (!) and has had his band performing the music of Frank Zappa for 15 years. Many years of playing these pieces in front of hugely enthusiastic crowds have honed the band’s skills interpreting Zappa's beautiful but notoriously difficult material to where they are able to perform these challenging charts with apparent ease. All of these musicians are high caliber, hugely talented NYC professional players, and most of them have been playing this music for a decade and a half with this group, not because it is a good paying gig (it isn't) but because they all admire and appreciate the genius of Zappa's work and they love having the opportunity to be able to perform these terrifically exciting charts.
Review from Yahoo Music:
"This album stays true to the sounds and concepts of Frank Zappa," says guitarist and alto saxophonist Ed Palermo of his labor of love. "We played the same melodies and harmonies that are heard on Franks albums. We changed the grooves at times opening up the compositions which allows for solo space. This makes for a larger, brighter sound. Doing this highlights the beauty of the melodies and harmonies. Frank was a unique writer who would tell you he wrote in an ugly and strident manner. However, the arrangements and additional sections I composed accent the wonderful and awe-inspiring melodic lines and harmonic structures that he created."
"There was no formula for interpreting these songs," Palermo admits. "I heard more voicings in Frank's music and let my band stretch out which creates more of an impact. I wanted to create a bigger sound. "The Little House I Used To Live In", "King Kong" and "Waka/Jawaka" are songs that we tried to stay true to the original album versions. But, "Twenty Small Cigars" and "Toads Of The Short Forest" have been rearranged for a bigger sound. Originally, both of these tunes were less than two minutes in length. Adding a harpsichord part or an oboe solo, for example, definitely opened up things, making the tunes longer."
"A decision was made in the production to not use the song's lyrics even though my live shows feature vocalists at times. Without thc vocals, the songs are more spacious and have more of a jazz feel. I do not think this detracts from the song's original intent. I think the humor of Franks lyrics remain with the different instrumentations and presentations that are made."
Down Beat (11/97) "...He's wisely chosen to emphasize Zappa's early and mid-career work,
as that's the music which is more fluid and graceful--and more apt to swing....
reveals the lighthearted playfulness and rhythmic intelligence at the core of Zappa's best work..."