Zappa & The Purple Lagoon

Frank Zappa, “The Purple Lagoon,” first released in Zappa in New York (1977), then re-released in the same album (1978), and finally appearing in the posthumous album Läther (1996).

Frank Zappa (lead guitar), Ray White (rhythm guitar), Patrick O’Hearn (bass), Terry Bozzio (drums), Ruth Underwood (percussion), David Samuels (timpani, vibes), Randy Brecker (trumpet), Michael Brecker (tenor sax, flute), Lou Marini (alto sax, flute), Ronnie Cuber (baritone sax, clarinet), Tom Malone (trombone, trumpet, piccolo), Don Pardo of SNL fame (“sophisticated narration”–I guess that means the bit at the end). Frankly (pun unintended!) I’m baffled by who is playing what instruments and not sure I got the personnel right here. Also, apparently there is overdubbing with vocals somewhere, which may be Ruth Underwood. But however you parcel it out, it’s a monster ensemble. Exit question, often applicable with Zappa’s prodigy bands: Do the solos go on too long?

O Theotokos Ever Vigilant in Prayer & Rachmaninov & Sunday Music

USSR Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir, directed by Valeri Polyansky.

Neither the tomb, nor death could hold the Theotokos,
Who is ever-vigilant in prayer
and our firm hope in her intercessions.
For being the Mother of Life,
She was transmigrated to life
by the One who dwelt in her virginal womb.

The Night Rules Rocktober

Nightsky Radio launches his second week of the Great Rocktober Countdown of 2016, with a band that I myself recommended, but a puzzling and perplexing one. Don’t miss NSR’s always interesting weekly specials. Here’s the first week, which is pure Garbage. And I don’t mean that in a bad way but in a plain, stating-the-facts kind of way.

Toots Thielemans RIP

By way of generous links from Marcus Ampe’s blog to mine, I found that Toots Thielemans passed away August 22 at the age of 94. Marcus’s tribute is excellent. Toots has been featured many times at wdydfae, and in my inaugural post at BOFN. RIP Toots.

“Always and Forever” from Secret Story, with Pat Metheny (1992).

Without equal on Jazz harmonica, Toots was also a great guitarist and world class whistler. This is “Manhã de Carnaval,” better known as “Black Orpheus,” from The Brasil Project with João Gilberto among many others (1992).

Everyone knows Toots without probably knowing that they know him, from the Midnight Cowboy theme (1969).

And of course Sesame Street:

And the vintage Old Spice commercial:

Wdydfae will be away from the blog for a few weeks. Auspicious August to all.