Zappa: 1972

Frank Zappa

Waka / Jawaka
Producer: Zappa
Rating: *** (Noteworthy)
Released August 1972, reached #152 in US

Never one to settle into formula, Zappa offers two medium-sized vocal cuts sandwiched by two extended fusion jams, the 11+ minute title track and the side-long “Big Swifty,” the former clearly coming out of the early 70s but featuring plenty of guitar and a mix of planning and improvisation, the latter fortunately coming out of the 60s’ version of fusion, the guitar recalling Larry Coryell’s groundbreaking work of the late 60s, this cut sounding like mostly improvisation, Zappa and his guitar conversing with the horns. 


It’s all a bit excessive, but a worthwhile listen for fans of jazz fusion jams.

The Mothers
The Grand Wazoo
Producer: Zappa
Rating: *** (Noteworthy)
Released December 1972
Continuing where Waka / Jawaka left off, this set from Zappa and the gang is mostly instrumental, featuring Frank’s own unique take on fusion.
Certainly not essential Zappa but this includes some interesting cuts.

— winch


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s