Frank Zappa: Down in De Dew

Track

Down in De Dew

Artist

Frank Zappa (all guitars)

CD

Läther

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Musicians:

Frank Zappa (all guitars),

Jim Gordon (drums)

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Composed by Frank Zappa

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Recorded: 1973-1977

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Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

The jazz content in Frank Zappa' music declined after the early 1970s. His later work relied more on monologues and routines, and the instrumentals veered off into either rock or avant-garde classical bags. The inclusion of this track in the 1996 Läther set -- three CDs of unreleased material from the mid-1970s -- was an unexpected treat. The writing and soloing are fresh and exciting, and the track features a bouncy jazz-fusion groove that we missed in Zappa's late period. One of my dream bands would find Zappa playing songs of this type with an all-star jazz band, hot players who would push him outside his comfort zone -- assuming that there was a discomfort zone for this fearless artist.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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