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Double Bill: Iain Ballamy, Stian Carstensen and Frank Zappa

Friday 3 September 2004 23:45-1:00 (Radio 3)

Tonight's programme continues the summer season of repeats of the most popular gigs broadcast over the last year, as voted for by listeners. This week Jez Nelson introduces two very different exclusive studio sessions.

The first captures one of Jazz on 3's favourite UK saxophonists, Iain Ballamy, alongside the prodigiously talented Norwegian accordion player Stian Carstensen - a duo which has been captivated audiences across Europe recently.

The second session was originally broadcast on the 10th anniversary of Frank Zappa's death last December, and reunites some of his finest sidemen to perform some classic Zappa material, as well as a few specially written originals.

Frank Zappa didn't like jazz. He once famously said "Jazz is not dead - it just smells funny!" However, much of his music shows a jazz influence, his recorded work features some of the most dazzling improvisers of their time, and he has in turn influenced contemporary jazz.

Recorded in Los Angeles, the reunion includes legendary drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, the Fowler brothers, Walt and Bruce, on brass, bassist Arthur Barrow, and keyboard player Tommy Mars.


1 hour 15 minutes


Iain Ballamy and Stian Carstenson Session:
Session recorded at the Gateway Studio, London Tuesday 3 rd February 2004
Line Up:
Iain Ballamy - tenor, soprano saxophone
Stian Carstenson - accordion, banjo
Music played:
All The Things You Are (Jerome Kern - ASCAP) 3'09"
Teddybears' Picnic (Bratton/Kennedy - ASCAP) 3'45"
Soprano Sax and Banjo Improv Parts 1, and 3 (Ballamy/Carstenson - PRS/MCPS) 13'24"
Little Radio (Hanns Eisler- GEMA) 2'34"
Body and soul (Eyton/Green/Heyman/Sour - ASCAP) 7'47"
Frank Zappa Anniversary Session   Mar Vista Philharmonic  
Albert Wing: tenor sax
Bruce Fowler: trombone
Walt Fowler: trumpet and flugelhorn
Kurt McGettrick: baritone sax, bass clarinet and flute
Tommy Mars: Hammond organ, Fender Rhodes and vocals
Vinnie Colaiuta: drums
Arthur Barrow: bass
Recorded by Bob Stone
Produced and mixed by Arthur Barrow
Recorded at Lotek Studio, Mar Vista, Los Angeles on 7 th November 2003
Track Details
Shut Up And Make A Jazz Noise Here, which is an arrangement of the following compositions: Chungas Revenge, Inca Roads, Five Five Five, Treacherous Cretins
Frank Zappa
Sad Spangled Banner
Mar Vista Philharmonic, Frank Zappa

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