Thread: Video: Frank Zappa Band Rehearsal – 1973

IPowrie - 8/5/2012 at 07:00 PM

Back in the Summer of ’73 Frank Zappa took one of the best bands he ever assembled to Australia for a three-week tour “Down Under.” Zappa’s band for this tour included violin master Jean-Luc Ponty, trumpet wiz Sal Marquez, multi-instrumentalist Ruth Underwood and innovative keys man George Duke. The Australian Broadcast Company recorded footage of the band rehearsing at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney for a program called GTK (Get To Know) to air in episode that also featured Jim Croce and Peter Quentin. The five-minute Zappa segment from GTK has turned up on YouTube and gives a look at the legendary bandleader/composer in action. Over the course of the clip Zappa and his band perform bits of Over-nite Sensation track Fifty-Fifty, Roxy & Elsewhere’s Be-Bop Tango, the “Pluckin’ The Old Dental Floss” section of Montana and an instrumental stab at Cucamonga.

http://www.glidemagazine.com/hiddentrack/video-frank-zappa-band-rehearsal-1 973/


woodsdweller - 8/5/2012 at 10:07 PM

Good stuff, IP. Jean Luc Ponty's tenure with Zappa was very brief, but it produced some wonderful music (the "Overnight Sensation" album....."RDNZL" from "The Lost Episodes"....."Canard du Jour" from "Shut Up 'n' Play Yer Guitar").

Somewhere I have an old videotape which has a complete 1973 concert with the Jean Luc Ponty/Ruth Underwood/Ian Underwood/Tom Fowler/Bruce Fowler/George Duke line-up (August 21, 1973 in Stockholm). Some great ensemble work there.

It was really cool when I first heard the news that Ponty had joined Return To Forever in 2011. I was listening to that line-up yesterday.


IPowrie - 8/6/2012 at 04:01 AM

Ponty in Return To Forever was great I really liked what he added to that band when I saw them last summer. Was hoping to get in a sit in with Zappa Plays Zappa but it didnt happen. On Zappa love this era but in my listening experience there is no bad era of Zappa


claretkid - 8/6/2012 at 08:55 AM

Thanks for posting IP. Really interesting video.

I just can't stop listening to FZ at the moment. I've liked his stuff for years, but for about a year now, it's all i want to listen to. I might be listening to the ABB, Black Crowes, Drive-By Truckers, Jimmy Herring etc, but all the time i'm thinking, i should really put on some Frank!!

And now the ZFT are re-re-releasing his vast catalogue. Ryko have lost the rights and the new catalogue is being issued with superior sound, and great mastering jobs. I have already bought Hot Rats, which sounds great, and i have Chunga's and Weasels on order. I already have everything by him, but feel i should be buying them again for the sound improvement. Apparently Absolutely Free sounds incredible...next on my list i think!


Chain - 8/6/2012 at 01:53 PM

Thanks for posting this link. I think it's great that the Zappa family now has control over Frank's musical legacy.


woodsdweller - 8/7/2012 at 01:19 AM

quote:
there is no bad era of Zappa


Indeed. The whole span of his compositions ('58-'93) is essential listening, and still sounds far ahead of its time, even now.

Grateful to have seen the Maestro himself in concert. This world needs Frank now more than ever.



[Edited on 8/7/2012 by woodsdweller]


PhotoRon286 - 8/7/2012 at 03:19 AM

quote:

Grateful to have seen the Maestro himself in concert. This world needs Frank now more than ever.






Damn effn right!

Saw Frank many times from 1973 through 1989.

Incredible musician.

He'd have a field day with the political climate the last 15 years.

Can you imagine what Frank would have done to the newtster or sarah p???


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