The Yellow Shark, An Appreciation. Merry Zappadan.
In “Dog Breath Variations/Uncle Meat,” I marveled at how a performance decades ago was exactly like the arrangement made for this collection. That consistency, I thought, showed incredible creative foresight.
Be-Bop Tango is completely the opposite of that.
You’ll notice when you listen here that a few in the audience immediately recognize the Be-Bop Tango and start applauding. While the theme is familiar, it’s hardly the same piece each and every time. I think the piece was likely one of Zappa’s favorite improvisational canvasses.