• ed palermo big band The Great Un-American Songbook (double CD, £14.50)

    label: Cuneiform

    The Ed Palermo Big Band has been in existence for 30 years and many of the musicians in the 18 piece ensemble have been with him for decades and decades. Since the early 90s, Ed Palermo has earned an avid international following with his brilliantly executed, reverently irreverent arrangements of Frank Zappa's tempestuous and wildly inventive music as found on four previous, best-selling releases on Cuneiform. To mix things up and do something a bit different, on this release, Ed and the band decided to visit some of the great rock music from England, mostly from the 60s and early 70s, but also including music from today as well. He turns his big band loose like it's playing one of its regular, packed gigs at Iridium or The Falcon. Exploring an expansive array of moods and material, but all with a thematic tie, the band delivers an audaciously entertaining program that's full of surprises Tracklisting CD one 1. Good Morning, Good Morning (The Beatles) 2. Open Up Said The World At The Door (The Move) 3. We Love You (The Rolling Stones) 4. Eleanor Rigby (The Beatles) 5. Definitely Maybe (Jeff Beck) 6. As You Said (Cream) 7. Lark's Tongues In Aspic, Part Two (King Crimson) 8. 21st Century Schizoid Man (King Crimson) 9. Send Your Son To Die (Blodwyn Pig 10. Edward, The Mad Shirt Grinder (Nicky Hopkins with Quicksilver Messenger Service) / CD two 1. America / American Idiot (The Nice, Green Day) 2. Beggar's Farm (Jethro Tull) 3. Bitches Crystal (Emerson, Lake and Palmer) 4. Wreck Of The Hesperus (Procol Harum) 5. Diamond Dust (Jeff Beck) 6. The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys (Traffic) 7. Fire (The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown) 8. The Tourist (Radiohead) 9. Don't Bother Me (The Beatles) 10. Nardis (Miles Davis) 11. Don't Bother Me (reprise) (The Beatles) 12. I Wanna Be Your Man (The Beatles) 13. Goodnight (The Beatles)

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