Make a Jazz Noise Here
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ReleasedJune 4, 1991
May 2, 1995 (reissue)
RecordedFebruary 9 – June 7, 1988
LabelBarking Pumpkin
ProducerFrank Zappa
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Make a Jazz Noise Here is a live double album by Frank Zappa. It was first released in June 1991, and was the third Zappa album to be compiled from recordings from his 1988 world tour, following Broadway the Hard Way (1988) and The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life (1991). The album's cover art was made by Larry Grossman.

Album content

The album consists largely of instrumentals. Besides many of Zappa's own compositions, there are also some arrangements of Igor Stravinsky and Béla Bartók themes by his bassist, Scott Thunes. The album showcases Mike Keneally on guitar and keyboards. The drummer is Chad Wackerman, a highly regarded musician in the jazz world (he has frequently played with jazz guitarist Allan Holdsworth). A notable contribution to the mix is made by the brass section of the group: Walt Fowler (trumpet), Bruce Fowler (trombone), and saxophonists Paul Carman, Albert Wing and Kurt McGettrick. Ike Willis plays guitar and sings, along with keyboardist Bobby Martin. Ed Mann provides all the percussion and various other sounds, complementing the addition of the Synclavier, which Zappa brought on tour for the first and only time (In the midst of the 1988 tour, Zappa fired the bulk of his band and cancelled the remaining tour primarily due to infighting between specific band members). In the liner notes, Zappa states that the album features no overdubs.

Track listing

All tracks written by Frank Zappa, except where noted.

Disc one
No.TitleRecording venue(s) and date(s)Length
1."Stink-Foot"Orpheum Theater, February 20, 1988
Mid-Hudson Civic Center, February 23, 1988
The Ahoy, May 4, 1988
2."When Yuppies Go to Hell"Sporthalle, May 28, 1988
Sporthalle, April 14, 1988
Stadthalle, April 24, 1988
Brighton Centre, April 16, 1988
Burlington Memorial Auditorium, March 12, 1988
Warner Theatre, February 9, 1988
3."Fire and Chains"Warner Theatre, February 9, 19885:04
4."Let's Make the Water Turn Black"The Ahoy, May 3, 19881:36
5."Harry, You're a Beast"The Ahoy, May 3, 19880:47
6."The Orange County Lumber Truck"The Ahoy, May 3, 19880:41
7."Oh No"Wembley Arena, April 19, 1988
The Ahoy, May 3, 1988
8."Theme from Lumpy Gravy"The Ahoy, May 3, 19881:11
9."Eat That Question"PalaEur, June 7, 19881:54
10."Black Napkins"Stadthalle, May 8, 19886:56
11."Big Swifty"Rudi-Sedlmayer-Halle, May 9, 1988
Wembley Arena, April 18, 1988
The Ahoy, May 3, 1988
12."King Kong"Rudi-Sedlmayer-Halle, May 9, 1988
Cleveland Music Hall, March 5, 1988
Royal Oak Music Theatre, February 26, 1988
13."Star Wars Won't Work"Beethovensaal, May 24, 19883:40
Disc two
No.TitleRecording venue(s) and date(s)Length
1."The Black Page (new age version)"Tower Theater, February 12, 1988
Le Summum, May 19, 1988
Palasport, June 5, 1988
2."T'Mershi Duween"Beethovensaal, May 24, 19881:42
3."Dupree's Paradise"Rosengarten/Mozartsaal, May 25, 1988
Beethovensaal, May 24, 1988
Palasport, June 5, 1988
4."City of Tiny Lights"Palasport, June 5, 19888:01
5."Royal March from L'Histoire du Soldat" (Igor Stravinsky)Syria Mosque, February 25, 19880:59
6."Theme from the Bartok Piano Concerto #3" (Béla Bartók)Civic Center, March 13, 19880:43
7."Sinister Footwear 2nd mvt."Rosengarten/Mozartsaal, May 25, 1988
The Ahoy, May 3, 1988
Allentown Memorial Hall, March 19, 1988
Warner Theatre, February 10, 1988
8."Stevie's Spanking"Allentown Memorial Hall, March 19, 19884:25
9."Alien Orifice"Rosengarten/Mozartsaal, May 25, 1988
Palasport, June 3, 1988
10."Cruisin' for Burgers"The Ahoy, May 4, 1988
Olympen, April 26, 1988
11."Advance Romance"Burlingon Memorial Auditorium, March 12, 1988
Pabellón Municipal de Deportes La Casilla, May 13, 1988
Palasport, June 6, 1988 (guitar solo)
12."Strictly Genteel"Prado de San Sebastián, May 15, 19886:36