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6 Frank Zappa albums have been made available in 192 kHz / 24-bit at
There's a Zappa auction going on over at Catawiki.
It ends later today.
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Mats Öberg's "Frankful" album is one of the most beautiful Frank Zappa tributes I know.
The album is going to be released as a 2LP set next week.
A couple of weeks ago, I received my blu-ray copy of "Zappa", the 'official movie backer edition'.
In the meantime, the (regular) DVD also arrived.
DVD bonus material:
Ike Willis is well known for his smooth voice and rhythm guitar playing with Frank Zappa. He has kept Frank's music alive for decades after Frank's tragic passing to Prostate cancer. Sadly Ike has fallen ill to the same aggressive cancer and desperately needs our help. He has obviously not toured in over a year due to Covid and has no funding to buy the medication needed to fight this cancer. Please contribute what you can; every little bit helps.
Belgian guitar player and composer Pierre Vervloesem is releasing one album every month.
For me, listening to Pierre's music is like a vitamin shot. It improves my (mental) health.
"Ruder", as Pierre explains in the liner notes, is a sequel to his 2005 "Rude" album.
But even if you're not familiar with the 2005 album, this new album is must-hear.
"Ruder" presents 7 instrumental, guitar oriented rock tracks that will keep you glued to your headphones.
A little while ago, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard started the Official Bootlegger project, offering record labels the opportunity to release one of their albums as they please.
The Belgian-based Exag' Records is going for it:
We're thrilled to announce that we're taking part of the King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Official Bootlegger by offering you a unique release and sharing the profits with our EXAG Belgian artists during the crisis.
From last year:
Dale Bozzio on the new Missing Persons album and memories of Frank Zappa
"Frank Zappa Live" is a rather new 10 CD box set that collects several 'radio shows' recordings. (Zappa shows that have been broadcast on the radio and for which the rights no longer belong to the ZFT).
Familiar sounding names and dates so nothing new, I guess.
As he recovers from trigger finger and shoulder surgery, the virtuoso offers up a scorching playthrough that would be near-impossible for most players with two fully functioning hands;
Belgian jazz ensemble Trio Bravo recorded a handful of albums during the late eighties.
Trumpet player Walt Fowler has been part of the Steve Gadd Band for quite some years now.
The latest Steve Gadd Band album got recorded December 2018 at the Blue Note club in Tokyo, Japan.
"At Blue Note Tokyo".
Various Artists: Fanfare for the Uncommon Man: Official Keith Emerson Tribute Concert
Concert recording from the El Rey Theatre in L.A., May 2016.
Featuring familiar names from the Zappa Universe : Eddie Jobson, Vinnie Colaiuta, Rachel Flowers and Joe Travers.
The https://lamusicadeperev11d1.blogspot.com/ blog recently listed quite a number of Jeff Richman albums.
I was told that the complete list featured Vinnie Colaiuta (8 times), Ralph Humphrey (2 times), Peter Wolf (3 times), Chad Wackerman, Mike Miller (Fowler Brothers) and Joel Taylor (Band From Utopia) (4 times).
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Recorded for German television, and released by Manifesto Japan last month:
Allan Holdsworth in concert in Leverkusen 1997.
Chad Wackerman on the drums, Dave Carpenter on bass.
Remastered on released on CD + DVD.
September 19, 2019, the Paul Van Gysegem Quintet performed at JazzCase at the Dommelhof in Pelt, Belgium.
Next to Paul Van Gysegem (double bass), the ensemble featured Cel Overberghe (tenor and soprano sax), Patrick De Groote (trumpet and flügelhorn), Erik Vermeulen (piano) and Marek Patrman (percussion and trumpet).
This is improvised music at its best. Spontaneous, interacting, both giving and taking space.
Released on the El Negocito Records label.
40 years ago, watching the TV in Belgium meant that you could choose between 2 Flemish channels, 2 Walloon channels and a couple of channels from neighboring countries like The Netherlands, Germany and France.
Speaking Flemish, we mostly watched the Flemish channels and the Dutch ones.
One of the shows that I remember enjoying a lot was Van Kooten & De Bie.
Their Humanistisch Verbond TV show on VPRO TV made fun of everything. I liked it a lot.
Van Kooten & De Bie kept on doing TV shows.
Here's an episode from 1996 that I had never seen before.
It's in Dutch but you'll get the drift.
It definitely wasn't the first time they dragged some Zappa references in their little movies.
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Quite an undertaking and a splendid idea.
The results is a quite diverse and a pleasant introduction to Birmingham's contemporary chamber music scene.
Released on the MSR Classics label:
The official release date for French prog rock band Lazuli's new album is March 16, 2021. That's exactly one year after their latest live concert.
As the title suggests, "Dénudé" (naked & unplugged) offers 16 'unplugged' versions of pieces that got released on their previous albums.
It looks like French and Belgian mail are working better as foreseen as I already received my copy of the album today.
These stripped down versions only emphasize Lazuli's strongest qualities: melodic songs with impressive (and sometimes evening threatening) guitar sounds.
Love the acoustic piano !!
The CD is available through the band's website:
Last year, Burkhard Schempp released a book about Frank Zappa's vinyl bootleg albums.
A limited edition of 100 copies, it is an essential reference book for vinyl bootleg collectors (or people who like to look at pictures and labels of vinyl bootleg albums)
Last month, Burkhard, with the help of Thomas Weckenmann, published "The Frank Zappa Russian Releases Compendium".
The 528-page book (leather cover, hard back) lists CD counterfeits and pirate copies, the infamous 'mp3-collection' CD's and lots of other stuff.
This is pretty obscure material.
The book got produced in a limited edtion of 30 copies (which I think is still impressive for such a subject) and is almost sold out.
Go to Burkhard's Viva Vincent website for more info:
Jean-Paul Estiévenart used to play the trumpet for The Wrong Object.
He can be heard on five of their albums (2005 - 2009).
In the meantime, Jean-Paul has made quite a name in the Belgian jazz scene.
"Wanted" was his first solo album. It got released on CD in 2013 by the Belgian W.E.R.F. record label and was recently made available through Bandcamp.
Only found out about this recently.
United Mutation, the band :
Originally founded in 1980 under the name Dark Self Image by brothers Jay and John Fox, United Mutation sprang from musical influences most hardcore punks either ignored, or denied knowing existed. The dementedly tranquil sounds of The Grateful Dead, the lysergic space rock of Hawkwind, and the complex arrangements of the ultimate anti-hippie Frank Zappa were some of their favorites, but when local punk bands started to pop out their own self-financed vinyl, it inspired them just as much — if not more — as those rare bits of strangeness major labels would release from time to time. Informed in equal parts by self-released singles from their local favorites the Teen Idles and ½ Japanese, the band came upon their own unique sound which combined the breakneck pace of hardcore with a frantic and cathartic take on psychedelia.
The Manifesto record label released another live recording by Allan Holdsworth.
Number four in the series presents the Holdsworth trio at the 1997 Leverkusen Jazz Festival.
With Dave Carpenter on bass and Gary Novak on drums.
CD + DVD
One of the earlier sets in this series, "I.O.U. - Live In Japan 1984", featured former Zappa drummer Chad Wackerman.
Again, Pierrejean succeeds in producing an album that moves between instrumental narration and lyrical, melodical jazz. With several nods to Frank Zappa.
Digital download available through Bandcamp, but also out on CD.
Bart Defoort plays the saxophone in the Brussels Jazz Orchestra.
In 2008, he released "Sharing Stories On Our Journey", a fine album that also featured Emanuele Cisi (tenor sax), Ron van Rossum (piano), Nic Thys (double bass) and Sebastiaan de Krom (drums).
Next to a couple of classic tunes, Bart Defoort composed several pieces on existing chord schemes.
Released on the Off Records label:
Jürgen Augusteyns - guitars, keys, Moog/CT5/Stamme(n) operator, vocals
Joachim Badenhorst - vocals, clarinet
Eric Thielemans - drums
Mauro Pawlowski - vocals
The terrestrial headquarters of the Sun Ra Arkestra is a three-story rowhouse in Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood, where the famously intergalactic jazz ensemble has lived, rehearsed, and pushed the boundaries of music for more than 50 years.
The house has partially collapsed, but Marshall Allen, 96, the band’s founding saxophone player and current leader, still lives and works there.
New on Le Coq Records, a collaboration between John Patitucci, Vinnie Colaiuta and Bill Cunliffe.
Pierre Vervloesem has released a new album.
This time, Pierre's imaginary trip around the world resulted in "Tâla Shit", an investigation of Indian rhythms.
As usual with Pierre's musical output, the result is pretty fascinating.
I also like that for the ignorant, like me, the talas number is mentioned after each piece.
My favorite pieces is the title track, 'Tâla Shit' (4-3-4-3-4-2-2-5-7)
What a day...
The hardback full colour versions of The Others Of Invention Volume 1 and Volume 2 have been made available at www.boekenbestellen.nl.
Volume 1 and Volume 2 print proof versions arrived today and I couldn't be more satisfied.
Guitar player Carl Verheyen's latest release is called "Sundial".
It features Jim Cox throughout the record and Chad Wackerman as one of the guest drummers.
John Mayall's "The First Generation 1965 - 1974" box set got released about a week ago.
35 CD's and a book.
Limited to 5000 copies.
It includes John's "Blues From Laurel Canyon" album, about his stay in L.A.
Originally released in 1968.
The track '2401' got its title from FZ's address at the time: 2401 Laurel Cayon Boulevard, aka the Log Cabin.
His autobiography, released in 2019, was entitled "Blues From Laurel Canyon - My Life As A Bluesman".
From Ugly Things
Mayall further ruminated about Laurel Canyon.
“The connection was getting there in the first place. It began with Frank Zappa. I met him in 1967 in Scandinavia, when he and the Mothers of Invention were playing there and we were in Copenhagen at the same time. So that’s where I met that crowd. ‘If you come to America, look me up.’ So I did.
“I stayed at Zappa’s cabin for the first part if my three week vacation. I never really left Hollywood and Laurel Canyon. It became the confirmation for me. That’s where I wanted to move eventually.”
On his epic Blues From Laurel Canyon album, Mayall penned a song about Zappa. “The feeling when you listen to the song ‘2401’ is the vibe you hear. For me it was a very eccentric household, really. Frank and Gail Zappa, at the center, were the grounding factor there. The sanest people on the planet. I think Frank really encouraged that, and he kind of collected oddballs and information about America and its culture.”
2019 Harvey Kubernik
"The Essential Gary Lucas" is a 2 CD set that presents material from Gary's Gods & Monsters band (the first CD) as well as solo material (the second cd).
It also includes 'King Strong', Gary's version of FZ's 'King Kong', originally released by Gods & Monsters.
More info soon.
Originally released in 1979 and put on CD in 2003 by the Wounded Bird record label, the long out of print album is getting a CD re-issue (on Wounded Bird Records).
Ed Palermo and his big band will take the stage again.
Featuring Robbie 'Seahag' Mangano, Bob Quaranta, Ted Kooshian, Paul Adamy, Ray Marchica, and lots of others.
Performing the music of Frank Zappa and more.
March 20 & 27, 2021, at The Falcon, Marlboro, NY