There are so many Frank Zappas to consider that it’s often a struggle to focus on which one to pinpoint. Is he the man who lovingly crafted intricate and tender guitar solos from “Black Napkins” to “Inca Roads”?
Or the silly ribald humorist of “Titties and Beer” or “Bwana Dik”?
Or the high-minded composer behind “Lumpy Gravy” or “Orchestral Favorites”?
Or the psychedelic rocker and jazz-bo of “Freak Out” and “Hot Rats”?
What one can focus on, twenty five years after his death, is that innovative guitarist / composer / socio-political satirist / free expression activist Zappa is more crucial than ever (especially when you consider that the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famer will soon get his own hologram treatment) and by, all accounts is having a busy spring by Philadelphia standards. Continue reading →