Frank Zappa - a very singular artist
I have been having a bit of Zapa moment of late - put together a playlist on Spotify (at long last there is an abundance of FZ on the old Spot now). The words genius, unique and influential are all handed out like smarties these days but I can think or precious few artists from the modern music canon who really deserve those epithets. Zappa certainly does on the first two counts but influential ??? Im really struggling to think of anyone who openly wears their FZ influences in their music generally and/or guitar playing specfically (maybe Dweezil - but guess that doesn't count). I guess one reason might be that very few people on the planet could play music as complex as this - some of it makes the Mahavishnus sound like the Bay City Rollers (I can hear Colin H reaching for the keyboard !)
Now to be clear I pretty much dont like about 97% of Frank's work - either because its just too annoying or simply baffling but the remaining bit (which is still a lot of music) is a thing of wonder. The attached may just be the most staggeringly inventive guitar solo on a rock record (albeit some of the song edges into my annoying category !)
So all hail the mightily unique Frank Zappa.