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Jazz From Hell

by Frank Zappa

Jazz From Hell by Frank Zappa

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Jazz From Hell

by Frank Zappa

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Label: Zappa Records
Jazz From Hell is quite possibly the oddest record in Zappa's oeuvre. And that's because it's so normal (hey, it snagged the Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance). Then again, this normalcy is somewhat deceptive. What we have here (on the surface level, anyway) is a synth-fusion album: cold, clean, precise. Yet these tunes are utterly maddening in their pinprick aggression (like an acupuncturist turned sadist). Get a load of the proto-IDM melodies and stuttering rhythms on "While You Were Art II" and "Damp Ankles" and how they never stop dissolving, reforming, then dissolving again.

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Jazz From Hell is quite possibly the oddest record in Zappa's oeuvre. And that's because it's so normal (hey, it snagged the Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance). Then again, this normalcy is somewhat deceptive. What we have here (on the surface level, anyway) is a synth-fusion album: cold, clean, precise. Yet these tunes are utterly maddening in their pinprick aggression (like an acupuncturist turned sadist). Get a load of the proto-IDM melodies and stuttering rhythms on "While You Were Art II" and "Damp Ankles" and how they never stop dissolving, reforming, then dissolving again.

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About This Album

Jazz From Hell is quite possibly the oddest record in Zappa's oeuvre. And that's because it's so normal (hey, it snagged the Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance). Then again, this normalcy is somewhat deceptive. What we have here (on the surface level, anyway) is a synth-fusion album: cold, clean, precise. Yet these tunes are utterly maddening in their pinprick aggression (like an acupuncturist turned sadist). Get a load of the proto-IDM melodies and stuttering rhythms on "While You Were Art II" and "Damp Ankles" and how they never stop dissolving, reforming, then dissolving again.