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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Dweezil Zappa to play dad's album 'One Size Fits All' in its entirety

Dweezil Zappa

Frank Zappa’s son, Dweezil, is back on the road, keeping his dad’s utterly inimitable music alive in concert halls.

Dweezil and his sextet Zappa Plays Zappa will make another stop in Missoula on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the Wilma Theatre, their first show here since 2012.

The occasion this year is the 40th anniversary of “One Size Fits All,” the last album Frank recorded with his band, the Mothers of Invention.

The band will perform the record in its entirety, followed by another 70-plus minutes drawn from Zappa’s sizable catalog.

“ ‘One Size Fits All’ is one my favorite records for a number of reasons,” Dweezil said. “The material on the record has incredible arrangements and instrumentation. It features a great non-traditional orchestral rock sound on songs like ‘Inca Roads.’ There are extremely difficult interlude passages to perform in that song and the intervallic vocal melody with speedy phrasing is also quite difficult. Besides the complexity of the arrangement the song also allows for beautiful improvisation. It is a hallmark of my father’s writing style, which allows the music to become unique in front of each live audience who witnesses it. I am looking forward to playing this album in its entirety because of these challenges but also because the album contains many of my favorite songs. ‘Andy,’ ‘Florentine Pogen,’ Po-Jama People,’ ‘Sofa,’ and ‘San Ber’dino.’ ”

Backing Dweezil are Scheila Gonzalez (saxophone, flute, keyboards and vocals), Ben Thomas (vocals), Chris Norton (keyboards, vocals), Kurt Morgan (bass) and Ryan Brown (drums).


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