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by Mats Öberg

Music by Frank Zappa © Munchkin Music Produced by Hans Annellsson & Mats Öberg Recorded at Riksmixningsverket, Stockholm, Sweden on a Fazioli Grand Piano
Genre: Rock: Instrumental Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Läther
5:15 $0.99
2. Oh No
7:07 $0.99
3. Echida's Arf / Don't You Ever Wash That Thing?
8:09 $0.99
4. Inca Roads
3:55 $0.99
5. The Black Page
5:59 $0.99
6. King Kong
3:18 $0.99
7. Zoot Allures
7:12 $0.99
8. Toads of the Short Forest
4:57 $0.99
9. Twenty Small Cigars
9:59 $0.99
10. Uncle Meat
4:59 $0.99
11. A Pound for a Brown on the Bus
5:01 $0.99
12. Ruth Is Sleeping
6:19 $0.99
13. Outside Now
6:07 $0.99
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Album Notes
Over the years I’ve gotten many requests from people that I should make a solo piano album with Frank Zappa’s music. I haven’t really felt ready to do it until now. What I wanted to do was to make improvisations over Zappa-themes and to do it in my way, using my imagination. I didn’t want to play the tunes strictly as they were written; many other people have done that before already. I really think that this is a collection of Zappa compositions that feels very close to my heart and have followed me most of my life. For example,” Toads of the Short Forest” was the first Zappa composition I ever heard as a three year old child, not knowing at that time that it was Frank Zappa. The version I heard was sung by Swedish jazz singer Monica Zetterlund. When I received The Monica Zetterlund prize in 2018 it felt very natural to play that tune at the ceremony. Btw, Frank had Monica’s album at home, on that album it was called Zäpovalsen. “King Kong” was one of the first tunes me and my friend Morgan Ågren played together. I was 10 and Morgan was 14 and we played it on Swedish Television. Right before Frank passed away me and Morgan sent a video of that performance to him, and Gail told us afterwards that Frank had watched it and loved it. ”Ruth is Sleeping” was a piece that I had the opportunity to do a version of in the Avery Fisher Hall in New York 1993, at a tribute concert to Frank. It was Frank’s choice that I should play it. So he sent me a version made on the Synclavier on cassette + sheet music. When it was only two weeks before the concert I had only managed to learn fragments here and there from the piece. It was the hardest music I’ve ever tried to play. I felt very frustrated and wanted to quit because I thought I wasn’t going to make it. So I called Frank and told him about my situation. But he was so cool with me, he just said “Play what you know, and improvise the rest”, and that’s what I’ve tried to do on this version too, 26 years later. Anyway, hope you enjoy listening! /Mats Öberg



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