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Z Quartett are a string quartet who perform music by a large number of contempory and jazz composers I recognize (Bud Powell, Astor Piazzolla, Darol Anger, Oliver Nelson, Chris Whitely, Chick Corea) and a few I don't (V. Courtois, Z. Kronberger, J. Barthelemy).
While this is definitely a CD that is of interest only to a relatively few of you, if you like the sound of string quartets, and like the idea of them mixing up composers from contemporary composition, jazz and beyond, this is extremely great!
Label  Le Triton

“It's hard to quarrel with an album devoted to the music of Wayne Shorter, and Rachel Z certainly has the pedigree to pursue such a project. Having co-created Shorter's masterful High Life with him, she is well qualified to interpret and expand on his lengthy catalog of high-quality jazz compositions. Interestingly, for those familiar with her primarily through her synthesized electronics on that album, here she plays only acoustic piano, and quite well. This trio sounds bigger than it is, and that's...
Label  Tone Center

"It's hard to quarrel with an album devoted to the music of Wayne Shorter, and Rachel Z certainly has the pedigree to pursue such a project. Having co-created Shorter's masterful High Life with him, she is well qualified to interpret and expand on his lengthy catalog of high-quality jazz compositions.

Interestingly, for those familiar with her primarily through her synthesized electronics on that album, here she plays only acoustic piano, and quite well. This trio sounds bigger than it is, and...
Label  Tone Center
UPC  026245401129

Really nice instrumental album that lies somewhere between Ghost Rhythms / Forgas Band Phenomena-style jazz/rock and symphonic rock. Recommended.

“Ten years after his second studio work, Agostino Macor's ZAAL project returns (La Maschera di Cera, Finisterre, Blunepal, Rohmer, Ombra della Sera, the Chanfrughen….) Creating an instrumental disc that enriches the "chamber" jazz-rock of the first two works with new - unexpected - World atmospheres alongside electric, ambient, downtempo and acoustic...
Label  Lizard

"As every RIO fan knows, Thierry Zaboitzeff had been active for playing upon hundreds of stages or releasing twelve albums in a vanguard of the RIO movement ART ZOYD in collaboration with a composer / violininst Gérard Hourbette from 1971 till 1997.
After leaving Art Zoyd and opening his own studio, Thierry, in cooperation with several renowned directors, started many different projects, which had made attendances at lots of events all over Europe; Thierry has been pretty active for compositions...
Label  Atonal
UPC  18750640123

"As every RIO fan knows, Thierry Zaboitzeff had been active for playing upon hundreds of stages or releasing twelve albums in a vanguard of the RIO movement ART ZOYD in collaboration with a composer / violininst Gérard Hourbette from 1971 till 1997.
After leaving Art Zoyd and opening his own studio, Thierry, in cooperation with several renowned directors, started many different projects, which had made attendances at lots of events all over Europe; Thierry has been pretty active for compositions...
Label  Atonal

"The music of Thierry Zaboitzeff cannot be neatly fitted into any existing musical category. On and off one might be tempted by a few bars which indicate a category but soon enough such certainty is shattered.
If Zaboitzeff is in the mood to sound like a child immersed in games, he will. But if he wishes to create a monster through his music, he can and will do so just as well. His music ranges from light and airy to deep and heavy, it is as diverse as life itself. The music accommodates the...
Label  Booster

"As every RIO fan knows, Thierry Zaboitzeff had been active for playing upon hundreds of stages or releasing twelve albums in a vanguard of the RIO movement ART ZOYD in collaboration with a composer / violininst Gérard Hourbette from 1971 till 1997. After leaving Art Zoyd and opening his own studio, Thierry, in cooperation with several renowned directors, started many different projects, which had made attendances at lots of events all over Europe; Thierry has been pretty active for compositions, studio...
Label  Booster

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"The music of Zakarya is an exciting blend of klezmer, new music and heavy metal guitars. Based in France, their first two CDs for Tzadik have established them as one of the leading bands of Radical Jewish Culture and have received raves worldwide from...
Label  Tzadik

"Founded in 1999 and based in France, Zarkaya is an avant-klezmer quartet that performs exciting and original New Jewish Music. Taking its inspiration from the tradition their music reaches into rock, classical and improvised music to create a rich and...
Label  Tzadik

Another brilliant recording by Yves Weyh's virtuosic avant-klezmer ensemble Zakarya. Their second CD for Tzadik Jewish Series is a dynamic journey through Eastern Europe via witty waltzes, thrash accordion, Balkan rock and moody doinas. Combining a cha...

"Based in France, Zakarya is one of the most exciting and cutting edge bands working in the ever-growing community of Radical Jewish Culture. Always thought provoking, their fourth CD for Tzadik presents an imaginary film score about the life and...
Label  Tzadik

''Based in Paris, Zakarya is the latest band project from the Jewish music master Yves Weyh. Exploring aspects of Jewish history, humor, rhythms, scales and sensibilities, Zakarya pushes the boundaries of Jewish culture in unexpected and exhilarating w...

"Daniel Zamir, whose first three CDs for Tzadik contain some of the most passionate and sophisticated blending of Jewish Music and Jazz ever recorded returns to Tzadik after a five-year hiatus in Israel to present his complex musical vision with a...
Label  Tzadik

"Returning to Tzadik with a powerful Israeli quartet, super star Daniel Zamir plays his brilliant blend of JewishJazz with a deep spiritual power. Performing on alto and soprano saxophone, his solos burn with a white hot intensity. Joined here by some of his strongest musical associates, including Mark Guiliana and Shai Maestro, this is far and away his best CD to date. Scorching and fluid saxophone fireworks over shimmering harmonies and odd time signatures from one of the guiding lights of the Israeli...
Label  Tzadik
UPC  702397401322

The incredible musicianship of Daniel Zamir has never more apparent than on this spectacular recording of Israeli folk songs arranged for his telepathic trio Satlah and a horn section of five saxophones. Featuring breathtaking solos over odd time signa...

Simone Zanchini: accordion
Frankfurt Radio Big Band
David Grottschreiber: conductor
All titles composed by Nino Rota
All arrangements by Jörg Achim Keller

"’I'm a musician who plays accordion, not an accordionist who plays jazz," says Simone Zanchini, proud of a distinction that is proven by Nino - his 25th album in the 20 years since his recording debut. Using vast resources drawn from the range of music he's studied, discovered, invented and developed for his too-often ...
Label  In And Out

Recorded live in Coimbra, Portugal, during the 2013 edition of the Jazz ao Centro festival, this is how the quintet led by Per Zanussi sounds on stage. Energetic and lyrical, combining free improvisation and melodic structures, “Live in Coimbra”...
Label  Clean Feed
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Flavio Zanuttini trumpet, compositions
Piero Bittolo Bon alto sax
Marco D'Orlando drums

"A trumpet (by Flavio Zanuttini himself, the mastermind behind “Born Baby Born”), an alto sax (Piero Bittolo Bon) and a drumset (Marco D’Orlando). Nothing more: no bass to deepen the rhythm and no harmonic instrument, be it a piano or a guitar. Just “meat and potatoes”, as Eugene Chadbourne states on his liner notes, dismissing in this meal the possible contributions of a fried egg, some buttered peas...
Label  Clean Feed

Surprisingly good 1994 reunion album from these French fusion pioneers!
Label  Musea

"...Zao also exists in various formulae, as evidenced by "Ethnic Trio Live" (2008). Here are nine pieces recorded live, Gerard Prevost being aptly replaced by programming. The three musicians play a brand of ethnic free-jazz, based on afro-american...
Label  Musea

“Among the most respected composers of the 20th Century, Frank Zappa was never away from a studio or a writing location for long. But while this extraordinary artist could compose in just about every style imaginable - from daft doo-wop pastiche to challenging modern classical - he was never averse to covering the tunes of others, whether they be tunes by Igor Stravinsky and Edgar Varese or Lennon & McCartney and Holland, Dozier Holland. This collection features 23 such cover versions, all recorded in....
Label  Leftfield

Amazing. This was one of the unavailable holy grails for Zappa fans, which has never been seen since its one airing in 1974 until the DVD and now this soundtrack were finally released in 2013.
The band is amazing and the performances are amazing. Nearly 75' long! Highly recommended!

Frank Zappa guitar, percussion, vocals
George Duke keyboards, finger cymbals, tambourine, vocals
Napoleon Murphy Brock sax, vocals
Ruth Underwood percussion
Tom Fowler bass
Chester Thompso
Label  Zappa

Official album #18, originally released in 1974 and one of his most popular releases.
Label  Zappa

"With the success of his Apostrophe and Roxy & Elsewhere albums, 1974 saw Frank Zappa at his commercial peak. Evidently feeling a surfeit of goodwill towards his fans, at the close of the year he prepared a personally mixed reel of live performances...
Label  Keyhole
UPC  5291012905420

"Having recorded some works with a large orchestra in January 1983, in January 1984, Frank Zappa arranged for some of his chamber works to be performed by Pierre Boulez's Ensemble InterContemporain, a 16-piece group. "The Perfect Stranger,"...
Label  Zappa

$5.00 off the regular price, while they last!

"Having recorded some works with a large orchestra in January 1983, in January 1984, Frank Zappa arranged for some of his chamber works to be performed by Pierre Boulez's Ensemble InterContemporain, a 16-piece group. "The Perfect Stranger," "Naval Aviation In Art?," and "Dupree's Paradise" were given this treatment, and the four remaining tracks are the product of Zappa's music synthesizer, the Synclavier. As usual, Zappa's "serious" works are
Label  Zappa
UPC  0824302386927

“On March 19, 1979 the band performed at the Parc de Penfeld, in Brest, France, for a show that was recorded for live FM Radio Broadcast, transmitted across continental Europe and synched too on many US stations.
Featuring a line-up which included, Ike Willis and Warren Cuccurullo on guitars, Tommy Mars and Peter Wolf on keyboards, Ed Mann on percussion, Arthur Barrow on bass and Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, the musicianship was, as always, second-to-none, and the gig a roaring success with many...
Label  Leftfield

"Buffalo is a two-hour-and-20-minute, two-CD set chronicling Zappa's appearance at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York, on October 25, 1980. At that time, the 39-year-old composer/guitarist/singer had assembled a particularly adept band including "stunt" guitarist Steve Vai and virtuoso drummer Vinnie Colaiuta and, freed from record company restrictions, was preparing a lot of new material for his new Barking Pumpkin Records label."-AllMusic

"Buffalo is a live album by Frank Zappa...
Label  Zappa
UPC  824302007129

“This Vaulternative Records concert release finds Zappa and band at the Uptown Theater, Chicago, Ill - September 29, 1978. Of the two shows played that evening, the late show is captured here in its entirety. As you would expect, the concert delivers with a good blend of fan favorites, blistering guitar solos, audience participation, on-the-spot improvisations and stellar playing from a talented band line-up.”
Label  Zappa
UPC  824302002520

"Analog transfer by Joe Travers 2012. Re-mastered by Bob Ludwig Gateway Mastering 2012."

"This 1970 release finds Zappa and band at the apex of their improvisational powers. Chunga's Revenge largely eschews both high concept and satire in order...
Label  Zappa

LONG unavailable, this was the 1st release of new material by Frank Zappa after his death and was widely acclaimed at the time. And again now!

"Civilization Phaze III is the sixty-third album by Frank Zappa, released posthumously as a double album on October 31, 1994. It was the first studio album of new material from Zappa since 1986's Jazz from Hell.
The album marks the third part of a conceptual continuity that started with We're Only in It for the Money (1968), with the second part being..
Label  Zappa
UPC  824302000021

"By 1980 Frank Zappa had endured one of the most turbulent periods of his career. The working relationship between Zappa and his long-time manager Herb Cohen had irreparably broken down due to disagreements over their jointly owned DiscReet label, and he had also parted ways with Warner Brothers after a dispute concerning the four disc Läther project, and the label releasing his material against his wishes, which had resulted in multiple lawsuits. Blocked from issuing his own music for over a year...
Label  Hobo
UPC  823564680323

Full album length release at a great price consisting of unreleased studio material (including the 15' synclavier piece that opens the set), live material and some remixes, etc. The remix of Brown Shoes is interesting and the synclavier pieces are typically amazingly blindingly fast!

"You betcha! We know at various times he wanted to run for office. In the spirit of the dramatic 2016 presidential election adventures comes a release that gives us a glimpse into what could have been. This album is...
Label  Zappa
UPC  824302002223

"FZ:OZ (pronounced "eff-zee oh-zee"; in imitation of "Aussie") is a live album by Frank Zappa, released in 2002 as a two-CD set and is the first release on the Vaulternative Records label from the Zappa Family Trust. It contains almost all of a January 20, 1976 concert at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney, Australia.
Only one reel-to-reel tape machine was available to record the concert, however, resulting in gaps in some songs as the tape needed to be changed. These gaps have been filled in with...
Label  Zappa
UPC  824302002124

“If you collect Frank you will want this. But be warned....it’s standard bootleg quality mixed with a bit of soundboard.”

“His live band including at this juncture Ray White on rhythm guitar and vocals, Steve Vai on guitars, Tommy Mars on keyboards, Bobby Martin on keyboards, sax and vocals, Ed Mann on percussion, Scott Thunes on bass and Chad Wackerman on drums, toured extensively in Europe during the early summer of 82….
One of the finest shows of the tour took place in Vienna on 28th...
Label  Left Field Media

Live PROFESSIONAL recordings of the Roxy & Elsewhere band 10/31/73, never before heard!

“Two shows recorded at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago 10/31/73 featuring a classic Zappa band line-up along with liner notes by Ruth Underwood and Ralph Humphrey, who played in the shows, and pictures of the event from The Vault! The single disc contains highlights from the whole show. Happy Halloween! Don't take candy from strangers!”...
Label  Zappa

"Halloween was Frank Zappa's favorite holiday and by 1977 his Halloween shows were legendary. Recorded live at The Palladium in NYC, Zappa performed six shows 28-31 October. Four shows were filmed and resulted in Zappa's movie Baby Snakes. The Halloween 77 three CD version includes the Halloween night show in it's entirety, mixed in 2016 from original Vault masters, plus select tracks from the other five shows."
Label  Zappa

This is a 1977 broadcast of the first of Zappa's annual Halloween shows at the NYC Palladium on October 21, 1977.

"Performed while promoting his Zoot Allures album, Frank had taken to the road with a band that can only be regarded as an all-star line up. Guitarist Adrian Belew would join Talking Heads, King Crimson, and eventually launch a successful solo career. Bassist Patrick O'Hearn and drummer Terry Bozzio would later spearhead the alternative act, Missing Persons, with Bozzio's wife Dale...
Label  Sutra
UPC  823564649221

"Frank Zappa played London's Hammersmith Odeon five times in 1978: on 24, 25, 26 & 27 January 1978 and on 28 February 1978.
The 25, 26 & 27 January 1978 and 28 February 1978 concerts provided the source for the basic tracks for Zappa's 1979 album Sheik Yerbouti..
The Hammersmith Odeon 3-CD set was designed to celebrate Frank Zappa's 70th birthday on 21 December 2010. Mixed in NYC by Frank Filipetti, none of the tracks have been previously released and the track listing mirrors and/or parallels...
Label  Zappa

"By early 1974 Frank Zappa was touring with a smaller band of musicians, albeit one still going under The Mothers Of Invention moniker. This ensemble variously included Ian Underwood (reeds, keyboards), Ruth Underwood (vibes, marimba), Sal Marquez (trumpet, vocals), Napoleon Murphy Brock (sax, flute and vocals), Bruce Fowler (trombone), Tom Fowler (bass), Chester Thompson (drums), Ralph Humphrey (drums), George Duke (keyboards, vocals), and Jean-Luc Ponty (violin), the majority of whom also appeared on....
Label  Leftfield Media

"FZ-edited original analog master transferred and re-mastered by Bernie Grundman 2008." That means that the album is re-edited back to it's original form, as found on the original 1969 vinyl release for the VERY first time!

For many people...
Label  Zappa

This is the previously undocumented tour that Frank did in 1972 with "The Petit Wazoo" band in the fall/winter. A 10 piece band: Frank Zappa-guitar, conductor, vocals, Malcolm McNabb-trumpet, Gary Barone-trumpet, flugelhorn, Tom Malone-tuba, saxes...
Label  Zappa

The first release that allowed the world to hear Frank’s synclavier music.

"While Frank Zappa had ostensibly been "on his own" since the dissolution of the Mothers of Invention in 1969, never before had he used the term "solo artist" as literally as he does on the Grammy Award winning (in the "Best Rock Instrumental Performance by an orchestra, group or soloist" category) Jazz from Hell (1986).
After two decades of depending on the skills, virtuosity, and temperament of other musicians...
Label  Zappa

The ZFT has happily seen fit to make generally available (that means, available to us) a lot of items that were previously available by mail only from the ZFT.
This is reasonable, but rough quality rehearsal recordings. The material is fascinating, but this is one of the 'roughest' ZFT releases, so keep that in mind, although the price is now very reasonable for this!

"Joe's Domage, the second entry from the 'Corsaga' series gives you an insight into how Frank worked. The recording from this..
Label  Zappa
UPC  824302004227

The ZFT has happily seen fit to make generally available (that means, available to us) a lot of items that were previously available by mail only from the ZFT. And at lower prices too!

"Joe's Menage is a live album by Frank Zappa, posthumously released on October 1, 2008. It contains previously unreleased material from 1975. It is the fourth album in the "Joe's Corsage" series, which is devoted to various rarities compiled by Joe Travers for the Zappa Family Trust. This album contains material...
Label  Zappa

"Joe's Xmasage was released on Frank's birthday during the Christmas season of 2005. Joe Travers worked closely with Gail Zappa on this third installment of the 'Corsaga,' showcasing vintage recordings from Frank's life in the early 60's. Music, historical audio documents and Conceptual Continuity clues fill up this special Christmas dish from the Vault for you and yours."
1. Mormon Xmas Dance Report
2. Prelude To 'The Purse'
3. Mr. Clean (Alternate Mix)
4. Why Don'tcha Do Me Right?...
Label  Zappa

“Little Dots is the sequel to 2005's Imaginary Diseases. It features additional hand-picked selections from the Maestro himself of the 10-piece 'Petit Wazoo' tour of late 1972. Although FZ worked on this material during different time periods throughout the 70s and 80s, nothing was ever officially released during his lifetime. Now we get the chance to hear more from this horn-driven ensemble, featuring mammoth improvisations and unreleased compositions. Little Dots features "Cosmik Debris," "Little Dots"...
Label  Zappa

“Frank Zappa,live at the War Memorial gym, Vancouver on October 1st 1975. Frank Zappa embarked on his first solo tour in the autumn of 1975. This excellent show finds him in superb form, performing a range of material spanning old classics and songs he barely performed again (such as the otherwise unrecorded "Swallow My Pride").
As caustic and musically literate as ever, the show broadcast on CBC-FM, is presented in full here, together with background notes and images.“
Label  Keyhole