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The fabulous Ensemble Modern present another all-Zappa program following up the Yellow Shark project from about a decade earlier. The main difference between the albums is that Frank Zappa died in 1993, so there are no new pieces written specifically for the Ensemble and Frank isn't conducting. Also, with the exception of an exercise entitled "What Will Rumi Do'" (which conceptually ties back to Ruth Underwood in "Don't You Ever Wash That Thing'"), all the pieces should be known to Zappa fans, who are a pretty hardcore lot.
"The precision with which this is played is shocking and delicious!"
- Gail Zappa
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