Friday, July 22, 2011

Frankday: Players

One of the most rewarding things for me as a Zappa fan is the musical education I garnered over the years by following players in the many Zappa line ups. The diversity of players is evident not only in Frank's music but in the projects these musicians create outside and after Zappa. Terry Bozzio is known to be a little "out there" musically and as a drummer I appreciate that. It's not easy approaching the drum kit as a melodic instrument, both technically and politically. Among the many projects Bozzio did over the years, UK, missing persons, Jeff Beck etc etc. Polytown is by far one of my all time favorite "experimental" groups. Bozzio, David Torn, Mick Karn made some amazing "non traditional music. Every one of them have a unique approach to their instrument. They manage to juxtapose as well as fuse. For me, a very inspiring record and group.


  1. the music feels emotionally like a hot lava lamp.

  2. Well, you are never short of an observation Marshal. Hot lava lamp seems appropriate for this tune and one could argue the random nature and ultimate interest in viewing, in this case, listening, to the lava lamp.

    The rest of the record may be more emotionally appealing to you, or not.

  3. Mick Karn's fretless stuff is so tasty. Even the bass clarinet is pretty darn rad. Sucks he's gone.