dave parlato

Bass player Dave Parlato toured with Zappa's Grand Wazoo Orchestra, September 1972, and with the Petit Wazoo Orchestra (or The Mothers, as they were called at the time) from October until December 1972. 

Later, he contributed bass parts to a number of Zappa albums: "Zoot Allures", the "Lather" albums ("Sleep Dirt", "Orchestral Favorites"). He can also be heard on "The Guitar World According To Frank Zappa" and "Frank Zappa Plays The Music Of Frank Zappa" .

Dave Parlato can also be heard on the first Grandmothers album.

In 2006, recordings of the Petit Wazoo Orchestra were released on "Imaginary Diseases".



  1966 don ellis- live in 3/4 time  
  1967 don ellis- electric bath    
  1968 don ellis- shock treatment   
  1969 warne marsh- ne plus ultra  
  1970 gil melle- waterbirds    
  1970 gene siegel- the gene siegel orchestra    
  1971 tim weisberg- tim weisberg    
  1971 paul horn- paul horn and the concert ensemble   
  1973 ned doheny- ned doheny    
  1974 larry weiss- black & blue suite    

howdy moon: howdy moon
    (1974, lp, spain, ariola) - feat.lowell george

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  1975 horn, paul- special edition  
  1976 tom ranier- ranier    


frank zappa: zoot allures
   (1976, lp, usa, warner brothers)

  1977 danny okeefe- american roulette    
  1977 allen, peter- it is time for peter allen    
  1977 zweig, barry- desert vision    
  1978 seals & crofts- takin' it easy    
  1979 allen, peter- i could have been a sailor    


frank zappa: sleep dirt
   (1979, lp, usa, discreet)

27 frank zappa: orchestral favorites
   (1979, lp, usa, discreet)

  the grandmothers: grandmothers (1)
    (1981, lp, ger, line records 6.24636 ap) - feat. various ex-moi

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  1981 ray pizzi- expressivo    
  1983 l. subramaniam- spanish wave  
  frank zappa: the guitar world according to frank zappa
    (1987, mc, usa, ??)  
  1991 l. subramaniam- blossom    
  1993 jerry lee lewis- all killer, no filler: the anthology    
  don preston: vile foamy ectoplasm (1)
    (1993, cd, ger, muffin records muffin cdmr 003) - feat. ex-moi and ex-zappa bandmembers
  frank zappa: lather (65)
   (1996, 3cd, usa, ryko)


frank zappa: frank zappa plays the music of frank zappa
   (1996, cd, usa, barking pumpkin)

  tommy peltier feat. judee sill: chariot of astral light
    (2005, cd, usa, black beauty) - feat. dave parlato, bob harris
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frank zappa: imaginary diseases
    (2006, cd, usa, zappa records)


frank zappa: wazoo
    (2007, 2cd, usa, vaulternative records)


frank zappa: one shot deal
    (2008, cd, usa, zappa records)


don preston: out of the vault
    (2014, cd, usa, brain records) - feat. bunk gardner, dave parlato, arthur barrow, bruce fowler, walt fowler, tom fowler  //  incl. 'eric dolphy' (frank zappa)

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  the grandmothers of invention: duke of prunes - live at the fabrik, hamburg, germany
    (2014, dvd, ger, pinguin) - all compositions by frank zappa

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frank zappa: the crux of the biscuit
    (2016, cd, usa, zappa records zr20020)

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frank zappa: little dots
    (2016, cd, usa, zappa records zr20026)
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  frank zappa: rollo / portland improvisation
    (2017, 10", usa, zappa records bpr1230) - record store day release
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       tim weisberg- hurtwood edge (bass, piano)    
       leonard feather- sound of feeling   
       fill your head with jazz    
       impulsively- impulsively  


random notes

     from: patrick neve (splat@darkwing.uoregon.edu)
just when i was down in the dumps about having no information whatsoever about dave, here comes judy frisk parlato to the rescue!

      from: judy frisk (frisk@frisk.net)
just found your site as i was searching for "parlato"- and found my ex-husband, dave parlato, who was on a number of zappa albums... and saw you had listed many of his other albums. he now lives in albuquerque.
i am in the midst of submitting the newly released website of gretchen parlato, the daughter of dave and myself, and prima jazz vocalist in her own right, to the search engines. maybe you have a place for her here. she's just starting out- go have a look:
-thanks, and good luck to you and your endeavors-   judy frisk parlato

of course i'll give you info on dave. we are in pretty good communication- as he is also involved in the artistic development of our daughters (the other daughter is heather, 26, who is a graphic artist). (i am an contract programmer & freelance artist/webdesigner).
 i can relate to your interest because i was a big zappa fan from the start- in 65- a few years before dave & i were together. i actually have a few connections to zappa that might be of interest. from 62-68 i went with bill yorty, the rebel-son of the right-wing mayor of los angeles, sam yorty. bill (dead from leukemia now) was completely obsessed with zappa- was even convinced that some of zappa's songs were written about his father the mayor- "life is such a ball i run the world from city hall" ...am i remembering the lyrics correctly? ...there's more to this, but i'll get on to dave. 
dave was very committed to jazz from the start- at first even hesitant to play electric bass- hard to imagine now. we married in 70 & divorced in 83; during those years he worked in recording, tv & film music.  i think he just eventually got fed up with the stressful l.a. music biz, and moved to albuquerque in about 1993.  he is still working in jazz in the santa fe/albuquerque area- he has a jazz orchestra... and i think he's artistically happier there. our daughter gretchen performs in the outpost jazz series with him there every year. coincidentally, both of our daughters went to oakwood elementary school with the zappa kids.
i believe dave met zappa thru some of the other musicians like ian underwood and wife, ruth(?)- he went on the road a number of times with zappa- once to london where he roomed with sal marquez, a wild-man, and a story in itself.
very interesting years. we went to a number of strange parties at frank's house. ...one unknown detail: on a zappa bus trip in washington(?), it was snowing outside the bus and a dog was peeing in the snow. dave told me, "i looked out the bus window and said, 'don't eat the yellow snow!' a few days later frank had turned it into a songtitle."
i have these stories, but can't remember any real facts, and unfortunately dave has recently sworn off his computer so is no longer on the internet. but i will contact him and i'm sure he'd be happy to fill you in with details...  either thru me or directly.
one more thing- a few years ago i took my daughter gretchen to london during xmas, and we heard a lot of music- and went to hear "the grand-mothers of invention" playing at a club on the northern outskirts of london.  i introduced gretchen to them afterwards- they remembered dave and were really friendly. i think zappa had recently died, and they mentioned that gail was trying to prevent them from using any form of the name.

      from: gene siegel (esiegel@lasc.co.la.ca.us)  
i was dave's roommate in the 1960's. dave played bass on my album "the gene siegel orchestra" for pzazz records in 1970.  the march 19, 1970 down beat magazine gave the album 4 stars.  dave's playing was a major factor in the musical success of my band.  dave was and is a great player.  


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