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rts & Enterta nm ent Friday, November 21, 1975 Page Five

Zappa's guitar sloppy; act needs


By STEPHEN HERSH wah-was pedal. And also miss-I
It was Frank Zappa, in the ing was his former restraint.I
persona of would-be guitarist He's probably decided to;
extraordinaire, who played the emerge as a guitar wizard be-1
leading role in the Mothers of cause he figures that when peo-I
Invention show at Crisler Tues- ple come to a Zappa concert,'
day night.} it's him they want to see in
Unfortunately, his guitar play-I action.l
ing was a flop. That might be true - but iti
Zappa made his grand en- can't work as long as he es-,
trance onstage shaking his long chews onstage the kind of guitar;
mop of dark, scraggly hair, and work that he does best. He1
introduced himself as "yours seems to be shooting for optim-!
truly on guitar, Peter Framp- um commercial success, and it
ton." won't work if he doesn't com-
The truest things are said in mercialize in the right way.
jest. Like Frampton or any num- There wasn't much of the
ber of hard rock 'n' rollers, tight ensemble playing which'
Zappa hogged the spotlight for Zappa is a master at crafting.
most of the evening, playing lots What he does best is organize
of extended, fast and heavy sharp and intricate instrumental
riffs. Absent was his former passages, the kind that appear
nimble, subtle style with lots of on his album Apostrophe. And
chords in the solos and lots of sometimes just as appealing are
Cinema Weekend

the long, complicated vocal
numbers, the kind that are m--,
cluded on Just Another Bai d
From L.A.
Singer - saxophonist Napoleo. t
Brock was the real star of the,
show, by default. Clad in white
leotard overalls, he danced and
mimed almost constantly, throw-'
ing himself into his work with,
special abandon when it came.
to mock-violating a four-and-a-
half foot tall Raggedy Ann doll.,
His voice was strong, but it,
was overshadowed by what he
did with his body and his horn.
Playing tenor saxophone, his
style and that of the other sax
player, Norman Bell, were very
1926 was quite an eventful
year. Gertrude Ederle swam
the English Channel, Rudolph
"the Sheik" Valentino died at
the peak of his career and a
new music form called "hot
jazz" played everywhere.
King Oliver accompanied a
young man with a horn named
Louis Armstrong on a tune
called "Lippin a Cornet." Other

There's not much new on the
agenda, cinemagoers, so you
might just as well stay home
and enjoy America's favorite in-
door sport-alone, in pairs or in
Nonetheless,, this week's "pick
of the week" is Ten From Your
Show of Shows, a collection

Aud. 3, MLB, 7, 9; Wild Straw-
berries, Aud. A, Angell, 7, 9;
Footlight Parade, Old. Arch.
Aud., 7, 9:05, Ten From Your
Show of Shows, Aud. 4, MLB,
7:10, 8:50, 10:20; Slaughterhouse
Five, Nat. Sci. Aud., 7:30, 9:30;
Time Machine, Couzens' Hall
Cafeteria, 8, 10.


similar. "Stinkfoot" which he played There's no irony to that song,
They blew tough, soulful solos Tuesday: no subtlety, no strange twist to
which sounded eminently nor- My python boot was too tight. the plot or double meanings.
nal most of the time, but which I couldn't get it off last night. But there were a few very
at one point were decidedly The rest of that song has its effective numbers. "Camarillo
weird and extremely effective. problems, but those two lines Brillo" featured crisp horn lines,
,That was during "What's the work well. There's double en- neat vocals, and some explosive
Ugliest Part of Your Body?" tendre, and in "python boot" electronic warblings from key-
'rom Zappa's first album, dur- there's a nice hint of some board player Andre Lewis.
ng which they used a tape-echo standge kind of sexual aberra- These are not halcyon days
affect. tion. for Zappa. Although there's
Zappa didn't exercise good But Zappa leaned heavily in probably nothing he can do to
'aste in choosing his selections. the show on perverse tunes with- keep from losing the extremely
Now, good taste from Zappa out much redeeming social val- talented musicians that come
commonly isn't considered nec- ue. "Illinois Enema Bandit," and go from his long-lived
essary or even desirable. Many for example, relates the story group, he does retain near-ab-
of his songs are perverse in of a man who breaks into sub- solute power over the Mothers.
*a charming way. Consider a urban homes and forces women He ought to straighten out
'yric like this, from the song to ... well, you get the picture. their act.
Shotazz ive new
tourage to Ann Arbor to play to magic to the performance as he opera into the jazz classic it
an ecstatic full house. played "suitcase" like he did in became.
With Greene narrating between the old days on "The Wolverine Finally, the story ends with
selections, the audience was led Blues." Drums couldn't be re- Jelly Roll's death in Los An-
on a musical journey through corded b e c a u s e "the needle geles in 1941. He died financially
Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" La would jump out of the war" broke because he had never
Menthe's life. (He dropped the Milt Hilton, bass player, knew copyrighted any of his songs
name La Menthe for profession- Jelly Roll in those days and that new "swing" people were
al reasons. ... "didn't want to knew his "slap base" style. recording without having to pay
be called 'Frenchy' ") His recreation had the audience royalties.
Jelly Roll was undoubtedly one enthusiastically cheering after Morton was laid to rest in an
x of the most colorful characters every bass solo-like "Grand- unmarked grave-in the rain-
of his time. He owned 100 or pa's Spells." remembered only by a few mu-
more suits and 50 pairs of shoes. Other Jelly Roll tunes played sician friends. Greene's group
When he smiled you could see were "St e ambo a tsStomp," played a slow "Mamie's Blues,"
the diamond filling in his front "Sidewalk Blues," and "Buddy followed by a fast Dixie tune,
incisor. Bolden's Blues" in which Herb like Jelly probably would have
His ego was as flashy as his Hall played in that famous New wanted it had he had a New
clothes, he had a great sense Orleans throaty style of clarinet. Orleans style funeral.
of humor and he could banter One featured member of the The audience responded with
with crowds all night about he band was Ephraim Resnick on a standing ovation and a very
had "invented jazz." If he didn't trombone who duplicated Kid happy group of musicians play-
really invent it, he certainly Orv's famous "tailgating" solo ed two encore numbers before
made it better. Everyone knew in '"Black Bottom Stomp, retiring.
that Jelly Roll could back up Greene had some delghtful Greene expressed well what
any boast he made. solos like "Don't Leave the audience was probably feel-
Most of the material played Here (But If You Do, Le ave mg: "If only Jelly Roll could
at Power Center came from the a Dime For Beer) ," "Shreve- have been here tonight to see
Red Hot Peppers' recordings of port Stomp," and the famous his music appreciated by a
1923, '26, and 28. "Tiger Rag." Greene demon- whole new generation.
Drummer Tommy Benford ac- strated how this piece had
tually played on the '26 and '28 evolved in Jelly Roll's mind James Fiebig reviews jazz
recordings and lent a special from a minuet in a French regularly for The Daily.
rig Arounmmd Town,

drawn from kinescope of the Saturday - From Here to songs had titles like "If You
'50s NBC comedy series starring Eternity, Aud. A, Angell, 7, 9; Can's Land Her on the Veran-a
Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca. Casablanca, Old. Arch. Aud., 7,
David Blomquist, The Daily's 9:05; Time Machine, Couzens But there was a very special
Arts Editor, notes that Your ; Hall Cafeteria, 8, 10; Slaughter- band called the "Red Hot Pep-
Show of Shows was the center of house Five, Nat. Sci. Aud., 7:30, pers" formed by a very special
television comedy in the era of 9:30. man named "Jelly Roll" Mor-
live broadcasts and greatly in- jISunday - A Nous La Liberte, ton. They were RCA Victor's:
fluenced the work of several con- Aud. A, Angell, 7, 9; The Stran- number one recording group
temporary comics, including ger, Aud. 4, MLB, 7, 9; Morocco, { and "Jelly Roll" Morton was
Woody Allen (who wrote for the Old. Arch. Aud., 7, 9:05. the "World's Greatest Hot Tune
program) and Dick Cavett. All weekend - 3 Days of the it'Just ask him; hed tell
Cynthia Cheski speaks of Condor, Michigan (665-6290),oit
Monty Python and the Holy Grail Mahogany, S t a t e (662-6264), Thanks to Bob Greene, a great
as "unlike anything you've ever Monty Python and the Holy New Orleans jazz pianist, and
seen . . . an extremely worthy Grail, Fifth Forum (761-9700), his friends, Jelly Roll's music
effort, and hopefully indicative The Iceman Cometh, Campus has been recreated for thou-
of the Python group's potential. (668-6416), The Human Factor, sands across the world to hear.
Daily film critic James Valk Jaws, Hearts of the West, Roster Wednesday evening at Power
highly recommends The Time Cogburn, Briarwood (769-8780). Center, Greene brought his en-
Machine as first-rate science
fiction as only the inimitable
George Pal could direct.
Casablanca is around again at
Cinema Guild, and as everyone
knows, this fine flick is well 0
worth the walk to the Old Archi-
tecture Auditorium.
Yours truly, Chris Kochman-
ski, has high praise for Woody
Allen's Take the Money and
Run. Although it's a rather A Weekend Guide to Grea
crudely disjointed film, some of
the comedy vignettes are among1
the funniest I've seen. FEATURING THIS WEEK ...
A little older and not as con- F
troversial as when it first hit
the silver screen, From Here to
Eternity still packs a wallop as
it relates a powerful wartime
story. il 1
The acting is first-rate all
arourrd, Fred Zinneman's direct-
ing copped all the awards, and
there's a torrid love scene on
the beach that raised many an!
eyebrow in 1953, the year of the:
film's release.
A Thousand Clowns, based on
the old Broadway hit, has bra-
vura performances from Martin
Balsam, Jason Robards and
some obnoxious little kid named
Nick, but it's too familiar from
repeated television plays. Don't
waste your time.:
Slaughterhouse Five may not
be the best film to be shown:
this weekend, but it's certainly:
the most interesting. Based on
Kurt Vonnegut's novel (a cam-
pus necessity), the film has di-
vided the critics since its pre-
George Roy Hill's direction is
far superior to his hack job
The Sting, and in most ways,
this conception of Vonnegut's
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