12 janvier 2011
# Album Release 17.1.2011
FiDOplaysZAPPA - Too Big To Fail
Czar Of Crickets, LC-15207, Czaroo8
Avaible on www.fidoplayszappa.com (EU)
& www.cdbaby.com (USA)
The brand new acoustic album; 17 acoustic tracks between Jazz, Pop, collective Impro, country-guitar grooves and pure zappaesque madness / Die brandneue Akustik-Scheibe; mit 17 akustischen Tracks zwischen Jazz, Pop, Kollektiv-Impro, countryesken Grooves und zappaeskem Wahn.
It's been nearly two decades since the late, great Frank Zappa switched off the lights and said farewell to the mortal stage. As a logical progression in their Zappa reincarnation, FiDO plays ZAPPA pull the plug themselves: On "Too Big To Fail" the ten musical daredevils put aside their electric driven machinery and approach Zappa’s works completely acoustically. Fans of Clapton call this "unplugged" and light candles to "Tears In Heaven". But Zappa remains Zappa, and even a "debugged" Fido remains a vicious dog lurking silently in the twilight, ready to take a hearty bite out of the poor listener’s calf at the next opportunity. Means: a quiter Fido isn’t equal to a soft one. Albeit a moderately turned up volume control, the new arrangements of classics like "Montana" or "Camarillo Brillo" are a far cry from toothless elevator muzak. Cocktail-clad classic "Black Napkins" receives an unexpected turn into dark deepness, "Camarillo Brillo" hears our dog’s howl turn into a pedal steel, and the "Yellow Snow" suite extends on for thirteen frosty minutes to become a radio play of tundra-like dimensions.
In conclusion: An Eco-Zappa works just as well. It has to - after all, as ten-piece Fido is too big to fail.
After realising various CD/DVD-Live-Recordings the swiss 10_piece orchestra presents their first studio album; 17 acoustic tracks between Jazz, Pop, collective Impro, country-guitar grooves and pure zappaesque madness.
• Don't Eat Yellow Snow
• Nanook Rubs It
• St. Alphonso's Pancake Breakfast
• Father O'Blivion
• Black Napkins
• Camarillo Brillo
• Sofa N°2
• Dupree's Paradise
• Let's Make The Water Turn Black
• Colonia 4711
• Eat That Question
• More Trouble Everyday
• Basle III
• What's New In Baltimore
• Musician's Salary
Recorded Live in summer 2010 at Onedrop Studio Basel With Eric Gut, Mix Dave Muscheidt Megapeng Studios, Master Darren Hayne. Copyright Frank Zappa except 5, 12, 15 & 17 copyright FIDOplaysZAPPA, Arrangements Pascal Grünenfelder & FIDOplaysZAPPA
Cast: Dave Muscheidt – Vocals | Dave Blaser – Trumpet & Flugelhorn | Alex Hilbe – Alto & Baritone Sax | Christof Huber – Trombone | Ueli Pletscher – Tenor Sax | Martin Medimorec – Marimba, Castanets | Oli Friedli – Piano | Stef Strittmatter – Guitar & Vocals | Pascal Grünenfelder – Doublebass & Vocals | Remy Sträuli – Drums, Percussion & Vocals
contact: Pascal Grünenfelder, Feldbergstrasse 138, CH-4057 Basel
+41 76 372 75 72 fido@fidoplayszappa,