July 29, 2007

Dweezil Zappa speaks

Dweezil Zappa

Modern Guitars Magazine interviews Dweezil Zappa. He has some strong opinions. Yeah, just like his dad.

A lot of his instrumental music was written out, the parts written by him on paper. But there were often elements that were allowed to exist in the extemporaneous world, so soloists of other nature, keyboard, bass, or horns, were allowed to do their thing in context to the music. Part of the live experience was seeing people being able to improvise at a very high level of creativity. The people who played with Frank were tremendous players.
That’s one of the things nowadays that’s really missing from the live experience. You don’t often see bands with great players who can improvise well. I’m talking about on the popular music circuit, where you have big audiences of several thousand people or more. There are great musicians who get a chance to play in smaller venues, but back in the day there was the occasion that more people were informed about this kind of event and had interest in it. You were lucky that you got a chance to see that stuff at that time.

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