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Waka/Jawaka by Frank Zappa
Released: Jul 1972
Label: Zappa Records
This four-cut 1972 set is bookended by two long, trumpet-packed jazz-fusion instrumentals that take the music Miles Davis had only recently concocted on Bitches Brew and A Tribute to Jack Johnson and extract most, but (thanks partly to George Duke's piano) not all of the funk. The 17-minute opener eventually curdles into distorted squealing; the 11-minute closer, a probable inspiration for certain '90s Eastern European prog-rock bands, winds up doing a sort of mariachi thing. In between are two shorter faux-blues shimmies with oddball time signatures and Hawaiian guitar and pedal steel breaks.
CHUCK EDDY
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