It Just Might Be a One-Shot Deal
While performing in December 1971, Frank Zappa was shoved offstage into the orchestra pit by a lunatic fan where he suffered serious enough injury to end the tour and that particular line-up of the Mothers. Recuperating at home, Zappa recruited a new big band to play his Miles Davis-Mahavishnu Orchestra-inspired fusion and named them 'The Grand Wazoo Orchestra.' Two albums were recorded, 1972's Waka/ Jawaka and 1973's The Grand Wazoo. Zappa considered them the rightful sequels to the instrumental 1969 Hot Rats album. The roster of players is deep and impressive. Jeff Simmons on Hawaiian guitar, Tony Duran on slide guitar, Mike Atschul on a variety of woodwinds and George Duke on a series of manipulated pianos all add their considerable chops to Zappa's compositional ambitions. "It Just Might Be A One-Shot Deal" adds vocals from Sal Marquez and Janet Ferguson, while Sneaky Pete Kleinow's pedal steel solo wanders in from left field. "Your Mouth" swings as a funky little rocker with vocals, while the title-track and "Big Swifty" break out into extended workouts.