Did you know that the Ed Palermo Big Band has a new CD out? Did you know that the Ed Palermo Big Band... er... exists? Well, you do now!
For years, Mr. Palermo has been taking the music of 20th century music legend Frank Zappa, creating his own incredible arrangements of it, and then performing them with a band of extremely talented jazz musicians. The end result is, in my opinion, some of the best and most unique big band music to be recorded in years.
The Palermo Band's older CDs are kind of tricky to come by. But their latest album is available now, both on their website and on Amazon. If you are a fan of Zappa's work, you absolutely have to check it out. But even if you're not a fan, or if you've never even heard Zappa's music before, you should still check it out. A degree in Zappa-ology is not required to enjoy these sounds. (I am living proof of this.)
If I had to think of the most similar sounding music that my website's readership is most likely to have heard, I'd say that the Palermo Band's sound is not that far off from the juicier, jazzier big band cuts on the Cowboy Bebop soundtrack. If you liked that stuff, I bet you will dig this.