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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

"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

"On the evening of October 23, 2013, Walt Disney Concert Hall was the place to be in Los Angeles, as Esa-Pekka Salonen conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Master Chorale in a spectacular, sold-out orchestral performance of Frank Zappa's 200 Motels (The Suites). The acclaimed, one-night-only 13-suite performance of Zappa's 1971 masterwork was recorded and is released here!

This 2CD release's expertly recorded audio brings the listener back to Walt Disney Concert Hall to...
Label  Zappa

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

“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

“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

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

“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

"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

"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

"When Frank Zappa teamed up with renowned conductor Kent Nagano and the London Symphony Orchestra for three days in January 1983, he was expecting to walk away with a set of stellar performances of some of his most challenging contemporary classical...
Label  Zappa

"Originally released in '91, the third title culled from the 1988 tour. A double live CD, this one includes such classic Zappa compositions as "King Kong," "The Black Page," "Dupree's Paradise" and "Strictly Genteel," as well as pieces from Bartok and...
Label  Zappa

ALL PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED STUDIO AND LIVE!

“The Mothers 1970 encapsulates the band’s brief but productive span, which included two visits to the studio – resulting in the fantastic 1970 album, Chunga’s Revenge – and tours across the U.S., Canada and Europe. Divided into four parts, the collection is anchored by top notch studio recordings recorded at the famed London-based Trident Studios on June 21-22. An unreleased early mix by Baker of the Chunga’s Revenge track, “Sharleena,” is just one of...
Label  Zappa

“The Mothers 1971 Super Deluxe 8CD Box Set - Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Mothers Of Invention's '71 line-ups, the complete Fillmore tapes are showcased with every note played over 4 shows, including the John Lennon/Yoko Ono encore.
The majority of tracks are newly mixed. Additionally, the full concert from the Rainbow Theatre in London where FZ was infamously pushed off the stage is newly mixed by Eddie Kramer.
The box also features a bonus hybrid concert from Harrisburg & Scranton..
Label  Zappa

"Between 1985 and 1987, Frank Zappa released a pair of mail-order vinyl box sets called Old Masters that contained remastered and restored versions of all of his albums between Freak Out! and Zoot Allures. Each box contained an album of previously unreleased material called a "mystery disc."
Although he eventually reworked and remixed a handful of these cuts for subsequent releases, the majority of these recordings were never again released in any form.
As part of their exhaustive reissue of...
Label  Zappa

"Analog transfer by Joe Travers 2012. Source: Original 1975 analog master. Mastered by Bob Ludwig, Gateway Mastering, 2012."

There are lots and lots of highlights on this album, but any album with "Inca Roads" has gotta be GREAT.
Label  Zappa

This is pretty much a must-have for all FZ fans, as it contains for the very first time ever, the legendary Royce Hall 1975 recordings in their entirety!

“Commemorating its eventual release in 1979, Orchestral Favorites 40th Anniversary Edition celebrates Frank Zappa's 1975 engagement at Royce Hall at UCLA Los Angeles.
The original album is remastered by Bob Ludwig from the 1976 master tape and bonus content contains the evening concert performance from September 18th, remixed in 2019 by...
Label  Zappa


Official album #17 and one of his most popular albums. I saw FZ for the first time in 1973 before this album was released, but featuring this amazing band. Still one of the greatest concerts I have ever seen, and I have seen plenty.
FZ: guitar & vocals
Ralph Humphrey: drums
Sal Marquez: trumpet & vocals
George Duke: keyboards & synthesizer
Tom Fowler: bass
Bruce Fowler: trombone
Ruth Underwood: marimba, vibes & percussion
Ian Underwood: flute, clarinet, alto & tenor sa.
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. And at lower prices too!

"The live band featured on the recording included Lady Bianca on vocals, who only toured with Zappa's band for a few weeks in the fall of 1976. One cut from this concert ("Wind Up Workin' in a Gas Station") was released on You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 6 in 1992. Prior to the release of Philly '76, no...
Label  Zappa