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Ed Palermo Big Band: A Lousy Day in Harlem (Sky Cat)

There’s often a note of humor in the titles and artwork of arranger/saxophonist/composer Ed Palermo’s recordings (The Great Un-American Songbook featured several British Invasion-era tunes), and this one is no exception: The cover of A Lousy Day in Harlem plays off of the classic 1958 Art Kane photograph of 57 jazz musicians gathered in front … Read More “Ed Palermo Big Band: A Lousy Day in Harlem (Sky Cat)”

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Ed Palermo Big Band: The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren (Cuneiform)

Even in jazz, the importance of interpretative art is still questioned. The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren is Exhibit A—OK, Z—for the defense. Even as guitarist/saxophonist/bandleader Ed Palermo contrasts Frank Zappa and Todd Rundgren in his liner notes, describing the opposite roles of the two rock polymaths, he and his eccentric big band brilliantly reconcile their … Read More “Ed Palermo Big Band: The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren (Cuneiform)”

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