Petit Wazoo Personnel
After the brief tour of the twenty-piece Grand Wazoo, FZ whittled the band down
to half its former size. He kept the core of the rhythm section: drummer Jim
Gordon, bassist Dave Parlato, and slide guitarist Tony Duran, but not keyboard
player Ian Underwood, cellist Jerry Kessler, or percussionists Ruth Underwood and
Tom Raney. He kept half of the wind players, primarily the brass rather than the
woodwinds, which had been difficult to keep in tune. In were trumpeter Malcolm
McNab, trombonists Bruce Fowler and Glenn Ferris, multi-instrumentalist Tom
Malone, and oboist Earle Dumler. Out were trombonist Ken Shroyer, saxophone
player Charles Owen, multi-reed players Mike Altschul, Jay Migliori, and Ray
Reed, and bassoonist Joanne Caldwell McNab. Trumpeter Sal Marquez was replaced
by Gary Barone. (Since Marquez was back in 1973, I assume that his absence from
the Petit Wazoo line-up was due to previous commitments.)
The Petit Wazoo line-up was thus:
None of these musicians had played with FZ before 1972, and only three (Dumler,
McNab, and Duran) had played on either of the 1972 studio albums. Only two of
them (Malone and Fowler) played for FZ after 1972.
- Earle Dumler--oboe, etc.
- Malcolm McNab--trumpet
- Gary Barone--trumpet
- Tom Malone--tuba, etc.
- Bruce Fowler--trombone
- Glenn Ferris--trombone
- Tony Duran--slide guitar
- Dave Parlato--bass
- Jim Gordon--drums
- FZ--lead guitar, vocals
A noteworthy fact about this band is that there were ten soloists. (I think. FZ
usually did not announce soloists, so I can't be positive that both trumpeters
and both trombonists played solos.) Zappa regularly soloed on "Cosmik Debris",
"Duke Of Prunes", "Imaginary Diseases", and "Montana". Malone, Fowler, and Gordon
regularly took solos on "Farther Oblivion". Parlato and Gordon regularly duetted
on "Little Dots". Dumler regularly soloed on "Duke Of Prunes" and "Rollo", and
Duran regularly soloed on "Rollo". "America Drinks", "Chunga's Revenge", and
various one-time-only performances featured a variety of horn solos.
But the Petit Wazoo wasn't just about solos. There was also fine ensemble work
from the six-piece horn section--larger than on any subsequent FZ tour. The
rhythm section was also impeccable. And finally, for those American audiences
with little patience for instrumental music, FZ sang on four songs.
Profiles of individual musicians:
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