The Grand Wazoo  

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The Grand Wazoo is a 1972 jazz fusion album by Frank Zappa. Composed and recorded during Zappa's period of convalescence following his assault in London, the album, along with its "twin brother" Waka/Jawaka, represent Zappa's foray into big band fusion, the logical progression from Hot Rats, which used a much smaller lineup. Zappa was also producer and principal composer for Jean-Luc Ponty's album "King Kong" during this period and this album may essentially be the 4th album in Zappa's jazz foray.


Track listing

Vinyl release

All songs by Frank Zappa.

Side one

  1. "For Calvin (And His Next Two Hitch-Hikers)" – 6:06
  2. "The Grand Wazoo" – 13:20

Side two

  1. "Cletus Awreetus-Awrightus" – 2:57
  2. "Eat That Question" – 6:42
  3. "Blessed Relief" – 8:00

CD release

All songs by Frank Zappa.

  1. "The Grand Wazoo" – 13:20
  2. "For Calvin (And His Next Two Hitch-Hikers)" – 6:06
  3. "Cletus Awreetus-Awrightus" – 2:57
  4. "Eat That Question" – 6:43
  5. "Blessed Relief" – 7:59


  • Frank Zappa – guitar, percussion, vocals
  • Mike Altschul – woodwind
  • Bill Byers – trombone
  • Chunky (Lauren Wood)– vocals
  • Lee Clement – percussion
  • George Duke – keyboards, vocals
  • Earl Dumler – woodwind
  • Aynsley Dunbardrums
  • Tony Duran – guitar, bottleneck guitar
  • Erroneous (Alex Dmochowski) – bass
  • Alan Estes – percussion
  • Janet Neville-Ferguson – vocals
  • Fred Jackson, Jr. – woodwind
  • Sal Marquez – bass, trumpet, vocals, brass
  • Joanne Caldwell McNabb – vocals, brass, woodwind
  • Malcolm McNabb – trombone, horn, trumpet in D
  • Janet Neville-Ferguson – vocals
  • Tony Ortega – woodwind
  • Joel Peskin – saxophone, woodwind
  • Don Preston – Mini Moog
  • Johnny Rotella – woodwind
  • Ken Shroyer – trombone, brass, contractor and spiritual guidance
  • Ernie Tack – brass
  • Ernie Watts – tenor saxophone, C Melody Saxophone (the "Mystery Horn") solo on "Cleetus Awreetus Awritus", woodwinds
  • Robert Zimmitti – percussion
  • Gerry Sack - phantom tambourine


  • Producer: Frank Zappa
  • Engineer: Kerry McNabb
  • Arranger: Frank Zappa
  • Special assistance: Paul Hof
  • Photography: Ed Caraeff, Tony Esparza
  • Cover illustration: Cal Schenkel
  • Spiritual advisor: Kenny Shroyer
  • Contractor: Kenny Shroyer

See also

  • The album cover depicts the battle between Gargantua and Picrocole from Gargantua and Pantagruel (François Rabelais, Gargantua and Pantagruel, book I, chap. LII)

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