Kaplan's Korner

October 31, 2015

A Memorial and a Celebration

ahmet zappa


Gail Zappa passed away on October 17, 2015. Gail was the wife of Frank Zappa and the trustee of the Zappa Family Trust. In that capacity Gail watched over the numerous records and videos released since Frank passed in 1993. And what a treasure trove she presented to us. All the Universal reissues are by far the best sounding. So thank you Gail for giving us the music. Music is the BEST!
A week after Gail’s passing the Zappa Family premiered ROXY The Movie at the Grauman’s Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. The mood was both sad that celebratory that night.

roxymovie-zappaAt an introduction before the show started Zappa’s son Ahmet shared with the full house how he was ‘inside his mothers tummy” when this project first started.

By the end of the movie the crowd was all smiles and completely blown away. This has to be the very best example of a Zappa Band performance live on video. And Frank has some great live DVD’s.

Zappa band alums drummer Ralph Humphrey and trombone player Bruce Fowler were at the screening and they answered a few questions after the movie ended. Both former Zappa band mates commented on how hard that music was to play and get right. Bruce stated that was the hardest trombone music in the world. Ralph was pretty impressed with his 40-year younger self. As they both should be. To watch that band cook like that is pure joy. . Highly recommended. Get the DVD too.

“We did it, Mom.”
~ Ahmet Zappa at the screening of “Roxy the Movie”

Musicians cooking their buts off in Roxy the Movie are:
Frank Zappa (lead guitar, vocals), George Duke (keyboards, synthesizer, vocals), Bruce Fowler (trombone), Napoleon Murphy Brock (flute, tenor saxophone, vocals), Tom Fowler (bass guitar), Ralph Humphrey (drums), Chester Thompson (drums), and Ruth Underwood (percussion).

One Comment

  1. Peter Burbank

    I had a crush on Ruth Underwood! I’d have loved to see this film at the Egyptian!

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