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The Grand Wazoo

by Frank Zappa

The Grand Wazoo by Frank Zappa

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The Grand Wazoo

by Frank Zappa

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Label: Zappa Records
As with its predecessor Waka / Jawaka, 1972's The Grand Wazoo documents Zappa's foray into big band art-rock and fusion. The music -- obscenely difficult and elaborate -- serves as the bridge between Bitches Brew-era Miles and Henry Cow's chamber-prog-jazz aesthetic. What's interesting about this stuff (especially compared to his late-'60s output) is how it never explodes into full-throttled madness; rather, it slowly drives the noggin bonkers with its zigzag movement and pointillist compositions. Then again, closer "Blessed Relief" might be one of the prettiest pieces Zappa ever recorded.

About This Album

As with its predecessor Waka / Jawaka, 1972's The Grand Wazoo documents Zappa's foray into big band art-rock and fusion. The music -- obscenely difficult and elaborate -- serves as the bridge between Bitches Brew-era Miles and Henry Cow's chamber-prog-jazz aesthetic. What's interesting about this stuff (especially compared to his late-'60s output) is how it never explodes into full-throttled madness; rather, it slowly drives the noggin bonkers with its zigzag movement and pointillist compositions. Then again, closer "Blessed Relief" might be one of the prettiest pieces Zappa ever recorded.

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About This Album

As with its predecessor Waka / Jawaka, 1972's The Grand Wazoo documents Zappa's foray into big band art-rock and fusion. The music -- obscenely difficult and elaborate -- serves as the bridge between Bitches Brew-era Miles and Henry Cow's chamber-prog-jazz aesthetic. What's interesting about this stuff (especially compared to his late-'60s output) is how it never explodes into full-throttled madness; rather, it slowly drives the noggin bonkers with its zigzag movement and pointillist compositions. Then again, closer "Blessed Relief" might be one of the prettiest pieces Zappa ever recorded.