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Zappa Plays Zappa

May 10, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

In this time of Clear Channel oppression, this time of We-Know-What-You-Like-Because-We-Told-You-What-You-Like music, it is somewhat startling (but not all that surprising) to discover that you need to go back 40 years or so to hear music that is interesting and innovative.  What is even more rare is that this music is being kept alive by a second generation.

#ZPZDweezil Zappa Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte NC 05/08/2015 #ZPZ(c)2015 Gene Lazo Photography

Dweezil Zappa has been touring playing his father's music for the past 10 years or so. From Dweezil's website, "He wanted to expose core fans as well as a potential new generation of fans to his father's compositions in a way that would give them a balanced perspective of the totality of Frank Zappa's work. He wanted to play the music as it was written on the page without deviation except for the obvious improv sections."

#ZPZZappa Plays Zappa(c)2015 Gene Lazo Photography

Now understand that this is not about playing pop tunes or even run of the mill rock. These are songs containing time and key signature changes that run from improbable to impossible.  Subject matter that includes musical and lyrical tales of instrumental matricide, sinister footwear, and the joys of farming dental floss in Montana (Yippy-Ty-O-Ty-Ay).

#ZPZDweezil Zappa(c)2015 Gene Lazo Photography

To accomplish this, Dweezil not only essentially relearned the guitar but then recruited a band that was equally up to the task.

#ZPZDweezil Zappa(c)2015 Gene Lazo Photography #ZPZKurt Morgan (bass)(c)2014 Gene Lazo Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#ZPZRyan Brown(c)2015 Gene Lazo Photography

#ZPZScheila Gonzalez(c)2015 Gene Lazo Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#ZPZBen Thomas(c)2015 Gene Lazo Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The result is an honest, immersive, and refreshing experience.

#ZPZDweezil Zappa(c)2015 Gene Lazo Photography

#ZPZScheila Gonzalez(c)2015 Gene Lazo Photography

#ZPZBen Thomas(c)2015 Gene Lazo Photography

#ZPZDweezil Zappa(c)2015 Gene Lazo Photography

#ZPZRyan Brown(c)2015 Gene Lazo Photography

Dweezil Zappa(c)2015 Gene Lazo Photography


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