Struber Ztett

Les Noces de Dada: Struber Ztett

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Jazz guitarist Bernard Struber delves into the music of Frank Zappa in this live recording, though he also includes some originals. Unfortunately, the ultimate litmus test of any Zappa interpreter is the composer's own recordings, most of Struber's arrangements are rather pedestrian and don't deviate significantly from the originals, ending up sounding rather bland. One happy exception is "Dupree's Paradise," with more chance-taking by the players and a particularly fun bass clarinet solo by Jean-Marc Foltz that seems inspired in part by Eric Dolphy. "Little House I Used to Live In" has plenty of potential but Fred Norel's violin solo pales compared to Sugarcane Harris' on the initial version waxed by Zappa. "Waka Jawaka" is another wasted opportunity, as it is explored only briefly before the band shifts to a mix of various elements from Igor Stravinsky's ballet "Le Sacre du Printemps." Struber's originals are OK, but none of them stands out. Zappa fans can safely bypass this CD.

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