Hot Rats


Frank Zappa (1969)

One more revolution for the creatively unstoppable (if frequently esoteric and tasteless) Frank Zappa. On this release, he pioneered jazz/rock fusion, with a touch of blues and classical. This even presaged Miles Davis’ seminal Bitches’ Brew, which reconciled the rock and jazz audiences to a big degree. This release is also possibly Zappa’s most uncynical, melodic work. It’s still freely and crazily structured, as is typical of jazz – there are some long jams, but they still have discrete sections and rough hooks. It’s a charming, very listenable record.

Key track: “Peaches En Regalia”

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