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Project/Object: The Music Of Frank Zappa @ The Hall at MP

Ike Willis and Denny Walley will perform Zappa classics with their tribute to the late great musician.

Frank Zappa Has A New Home With Universal Music Enterprises

There’s been some great news regarding the works of the late great Frank Zappa. Since the press release gives you the entire lowdown, consider me a humble conduit. Read on.

The Press Release:
The Zappa Family Trust has partnered with Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) for a long-term, global licensing agreement for Frank Zappa’s entire recorded catalog, as well as rights management participation across the rest of the visionary cultural icon’s creative canon. The partnership spans Frank Zappa’s vast music and film Vault for new product releases, trademark licensing, film and theatrical production.

“This is literally an opportunity of a lifetime for me,” says Gail Zappa. “I am universally thrilled with this partnership because the fans will have unparalleled access to Frank Zappa’s Works–the doors to the Vault are now officially WIDE open. I’m especially grateful to announce that Ahmet, my personal Music Sherpa, worked directly with Bruce Resnikoff in creating this relationship and will be taking over the daily operations of the family business.”

“Stepping into this partnership with Bruce Resnikoff and Universal means we get to expand the business and continue to maintain the integrity of Frank Zappa’s entire body of Work,” says Ahmet Zappa. “The fans of Frank Zappa will have more music and more access–when they want it and how they want it. With Universal as our partner, I look forward to bringing to life Joe’s Garage, The Musical, the release of The Roxy Movie, the release of the Disney Hall performance of 200 MOTELS under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen and so many more projects of this caliber. I couldn’t be more excited about the future. It has been a privilege working with Gail and I’m passionate about what this opportunity with Universal means for our family moving forward. It is an honor to be stepping into my new role.”
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Zappa Plays Zappa @ Beacon Theatre

Celebrating 10 years of Zappa Plays Zappa as Dweezil Zappa brings the music of his legendary father Frank to life once more for the NYC crowd.

Frank Zappa: Gone Twenty Years But Still So Relevant (12/4/93-12/4/13)

Frank Zappa once asked us “Who are the Brain Police?” and I think that the answer to this particular question would be a lot harder for him to get to the bottom of in our world of today thanks to things like Facebook and the myriad other Social Networking mediums on top of the other things that we contend with in our lives. That said we are officially at the 20th Anniversary of the passing of this great and forward thinking musician and true composing genius.

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Zappa influenced so many musicians during his career and after he had passed away this didn’t seem to change at all. There were times when he would leave you scratching your head and wondering what it was that you had heard but it would always impress you and it was without question that his unique wit was second to none. Since Zappa first came onto the music scene in the late sixties I can say that I was far too young to know what he was all about, but I would eventually get to absorb his greatness thanks to some musicians I worked with who loved his material and even more so after seeing him perform live in concert on a few occasions.
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Frank Zappa Re-Issues Reach: The Fantastic Fourth Batch!!!

As a lifelong comic book fan I could NOT resist the chance to reference a great title in my blog title about the fourth batch of Frank Zappa re-issues. I was also happy to find the photo that I used for this posting while searching around the Internet because Zappa was truly a staunch American citizen and one who constantly told his fans to get out and vote. Remember that we have an election tomorrow and its up to you people to help change the way things are done or to continue along with the plans of those already in office. The fourth go round of Frank’s material is a mixed bag of stuff and not only features a LOT of live material but also showcases Zappa getting more involved with the Synclavier in his compositions. Three of the albums released in this batch have a lot of that computerized instrument used in their process. We also get a lot of live stuff which is never a bad thing in terms of Zappa since he ruled on the stage. Many of this grouping of titles are double CD’s so that means more Zappa music in your library.

Francesco Zappa (1984)
Frank Zappa Meets The Mothers Of Prevention (1985)
Does Humor Belong In Music? (1986)
Jazz From Hell (1986)
Guitar (2CD) (1987)
You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 1 (1988)
You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, The Helsinki Tapes, Vol. 2 (1988)
Broadway The Hard Way (CD) (1988)
The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life (1991)
Make A Jazz Noise Here (1991)
Understanding America

Here are the Amazon.com links for these releases so you can continue building your collection at home. I’ve been trying to do the same because its so nice to have them all on shiny new re-issues in my music library. My favorites in this particular grouping are “Broadway The Hard Way”, “The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life” along with the first two installments of “You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore”. There is also a compilation which surprised me since the one that had originally come out way back in the bands history was NOT a part of the first wave of re-issues. Perhaps we shall see that coming out now as well.