‘Ray Collins, we love you!’

Ray Collins, probably the finest voice ever to have worked in the Zappa realm, died on Dec. 24, 2012.

In October, a fellow MeFite created an exhaustive tribute to him on the popular community Web log known as Metafilter.

If you have time today, go kill some time there. Actually, you could spend an entire week perusing this thing. It is a marvelous tribute.

Ray Collins, we love you!

If I’d Interviewed Graham Nash for This

“So we went to see the Mothers at Albert Hall, and we got high.”

“And?”

“That’s all.”

“Seriously?”

“Yeah.”

“That’s your whole story about seeing the Mothers at Albert Hall. Did you see when they played ‘Louie Louie’ on the house organ?”

“Um.”

“Man, I got high with Jimi Hendrix. What more?”

Instead, it went like this:

Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz

As you may well know, the world lost Marian McPartland in 2013.

McPartland, jazz pianist, composer, writer, and host of course of Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz on National Public Radio, and, not to mention, Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

Sadly, Frank Zappa’s appearance on her radio show in 1988 is lost to the ages. It is, however, documented by All About Jazz dot com.

For her solo feature, McPartland again shows off a bit with an impressionistic take of Zappa’s “Twenty Small Cigars,” causing its composer to ask, “Do you wanna go on the road with us?” Finally, all ends well with a rousing finale of “King Kong,” prompting McPartland to say, “I’ve never had so much fun playing rock!”

Such a shame it can’t be heard.

Let’s Move to Cleveland. For Piano.

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By Stefano Bollani, on the album Småt Småt.

And no, you can’t have it because I just bought the last one on Amazon.

It Just Smells Funny

Just gonna take up about an hour and 28 minutes of your time today for Zappadan.

In 2003, the tenth anniversary of the last day that Frank Zappa refused to die, the BBC did a radio documentary, “Jazz from Hell – His Bizarre Relationship with Jazz.”

This is an information-rich program (actually a series of three). You will come away from it as a more learned freak. Promise.

You go now.