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As for his "jazz" counterpart Miles Davis, Frank Zappa has been a launching pad for great musicians, and on Zappa In New York it is no different.
Recorded late 1976 in New York City, and tweaked with studio overdubs before release, Zappa In New York was held back and nearly forty minutes were edited off of the album by Warner Bros. in its initial release.
But when the double album was re-released in 1991, the results were stupendous, some of Zappa's longtime classics are represented here with a killer line-up to boot as well. Phenoms like then bassist Patrick O'Hearn (who later go on to become one of the leading figures in new age music during the Eighties and Nineties) UK retreads keyboardist/violin virtuoso Eddie Jobson and drummer extraordinaire Terry Bozzio along with both Randy and Michael Brecker within the horn section that shone through out. Even television commercial announcer Don Pardo makes a narrative appearance during "The Illinois Enema Bandit".
There isn't a song worth leaving off this gem, and most of the older songs actually sound better on Zappa In New York than previous recorded elsewhere.