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Frank Zappa's Jazz Allures, Part 2 [Mondo Jazz Ep. 55]

Frank Zappa's Jazz Allures, Part 2 [Mondo Jazz Ep. 55]

Playing tracks by

Ben Allison, Frank Zappa, Bobby Sanabria, Perico Sambeat, Colin Towns & The NDR Bigband and more.

Chart positions

This show was 1st in the global community radio chart, 2nd in the global nu jazz chart, 3rd in the global experimental chart, 10th in the global indie chart and 21st in the global jazz chart.

We continue our look into Zappa's complex relationship with jazz, through a mix of the jazzier compositions performed by Zappa and countless tributes to his music paid by jazz musicians. As Zappa loved to say, quoting E.Varèse, "the present day composer refuses to die" and the music featured in this show provides plenty of evidence that he was right. The first part of this Frank Zappa retrospective is avaialble at
Playlist: Zappa, B.Sanabria, P.Sambeat, C.Towns, NDR Bigband, Bohuslän Big Band, M. Pacassoni, The Wrong Object, M.Hedges, G.Venier, V.Vasi, G.Pacorig, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, Gotan Project, S.Bollani, D.Preston, G.Winston, Quintorigo, R.Gatto, V.Ciardelli, F.DiCastri, If Six Was Nine, Meridian Arts Ensemble, P.Gaucher, Le Bocal, R.Fassi, D.Fabris, A.Takase, A.vonSchlippenbach, M.Schultz, E.Soderlind
Detailed playlist at


George Kanakaris


Mondo Jazz
Mondo Jazz

Thanks so much. Happy to see you've enjoyed this episode. Stay tuned ;-)

Jeff Kay
Jeff Kay

Amazing ! :)

Mondo Jazz
Mondo Jazz

Thanks so much for listening and your kind appreciation. Stay tuned ;-)


Fantastic big band version of 'Peaches'! Just perfecto...

Mondo Jazz
Mondo Jazz

Indeed... and amazing accordeon solo by Antonello Salis at the end of that rendition!


The 'chamber' Zappa @ the 2 hour mark was a real highlite! Fantabulous work by Mondo putting this together!

Mondo Jazz
Mondo Jazz

I'm flattered. Thanks so much for this energizing comment


Thank you for this compilation, made me discover new music!

Mondo Jazz
Mondo Jazz

That makes me very happy. Thanks for that!

Radio Free Brooklyn

PLAYLIST (with time-markers):
Ben Allison "Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00
Frank Zappa "Bacon Fat; Stolen Moments" 0:17
Host talk 4:45
Bobby Sanabria "The Grand Wazoo" 7:36
Perico Sambeat "I Promise Not to Come in Your Mouth" 14:11
Colin Towns & The NDR Bigband "Stevie's Spanking" 19:06
Host talk 22:52
Bohuslän Big Band "Sinester Footwear" 24:58
Marco Pacassoni "The Black Page" 33:42
The Wrong Object "Wedding Dress Song-Handsome Cabin Boy" 36:13
Michael Hedges "Sofa No. 1" 41:59
Host talk 44:38
Glauco Venier "Dupree's Paradise" ‎47:17
F.Z.'s Grand Wazoo Band "Big Swifty" from Zappa\Wazoo 52:39
Host talk 1:04:27
FZ & The Mothers "Inca Roads" 1:08:40
Vincenzo Vasi & Giorgio Pacorig "It Just Might Be a One-Shot Deal" 1:16:58
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra "Theme from Lumpy Gravy" 1:21:06
Gotan Project "Chunga's Revenge" 1:23:45
Host talk 1:28:48
Stefano Bollani "Let's Move to Cleveland" 1:31:03
Don Preston Trio "The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbeque" 1:34:48
George Winston "Little House I Used to Live In" 1:40:52
Host talk 1:43:32
FZ's Petit Wazoo "Rollo" 1:42:52
Quintorigo & Roberto Gatto "Uncle Meat" 1:49:01
Valentina Ciardelli "Echidna's Arf of You" 1:50:56
Furio Di Castri, Nguyen Le, Rita Marcotulli, Eric Vloeimans, Joël Allouche & Mauro Negri "Twenty Small Cigars" 1:55:06
Host talk 1:57:27
If Six Was Nine "Preludi flaccidi / Dog breath" 2:01:55
Meridian Arts Ensemble "Eat That Question" 2:08:28
Pierrejean Gaucher "The Purple Lagoon" 2:11:36
Le Bocal "Take Your Cloths Off When You Dance" 2:14:41
F.Z.'s Grand Wazoo Band "The Grand Wazoo" 2:20:08
Riccardo Fassi Tankio Band "Peaches and Regalia" 2:33:26
FZ's Petit Wazoo "Been To Kansas City In a Minor" 2:43:28
David Fabris "Marqueson's Chicken" 2:53:34
Aki Takase, Alex von Schlippenbach "You Are What You Is" 2:58:17
Max Schultz & Erik Soderlind "Blessed Relief" 3:03:33


Thanks again! Frohe Weihnachten!!! Rufus


thanks for the great zappa interpretations...

Mondo Jazz
Mondo Jazz

Thank you for your kind words! I wish you a happy holiday season.


Love both Frank Zappa episodes. Another great idea Mondo Jazz!

Mondo Jazz
Mondo Jazz

Thank you for listening and for your support. Best wishes