Hot Ptah Posted February 8, 2006 Report Share Posted February 8, 2006 One interesting thing that a fellow musician/Zappa freak I know pointed out was that with all Zappa's love of jazz and clear understanding of music theory, he never played changes. It was always just freak out, usually mixolydian or some other basic alteration. My guess is that he couldn't. Playing over any kind of changes is an understandable concept, but a bit of a problem for some of us to execute in real time. You obviously don't know what you're talking about. Apart from any recorded evidence, I heard him play some solos live in the fall of 1975 which were structured, very beautiful, and played over the changes. He did not just "always freak out." Like what exactly? I do not understand the question. He was playing extended solos in a long instrumental passage which also included a soprano sax solo by Norma Jean Bell and a piano solo by Andre Lewis. The head that they played was "Chunga's Revenge", but they departed from that to a large extent. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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