john rotella

John Rotella took part in some early recordings of The Mothers Of Inventions. These recordings can be heard on "Freak Out", "Absolutely Free", and on "The MOFO Project/Object".

He was also a part of the Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra around 1967 when frank zappa recorded the orchestral parts for "Lumpy Gravy".

 

 

1 the mothers of invention: freak out!
    (1966, 2lp, usa, verve)

2 the mothers of invention: absolutely free
    (1967, lp,usa, verve)
4 frank zappa: lumpy gravy
   (1967, lp, usa, verve)

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frank zappa: lšther
   (1996, 3cd, usa, ryko)
77 frank zappa: the mofo project/object
    (2006, 2cd, usa, zappa records)

78 frank zappa: the mofo project/object
    (2006, 4cd, usa, zappa records)

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frank zappa: frank zappa for president
    (2016, cd, usa, zappa records zr 20021)
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     from: charles ulrich (ulrich@sfu.ca)
he apparently drummed on one don & dewey track. as for why he wasn't on the grand wazoo tour, remember that one of the questions kenny shroyer asked was "are you free to travel?" rotella probably wanted to stay in la and do sessions.  if rotella played on absolutely free, i think it would have been the contrabass clarinet on "brown shoes don't make it".

 

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