zdbd – invocation and ritual dance of the young pumpkin

Invocation and Ritual Dance of the Young Pumpkin is a fast-paced and bouncy instrumental of the sort that Zappa would continue to produce throughout his career. The song picks right up from the end of Call Any Vegetable, and the tempo builds, with the bass and oboe matching one another note-for-note.

Soon, a lightly-distorted guitar takes a tingling solo over the throbbing rhythm, giving the impression of a high-speed chase in some mythologized Old West.

Oboe provides some dramatic counterpoint to Zappa’s solo, which ripples and bounces right alongside the insistent harmony. It’s almost as though two distinct solos were being played at once – and perhaps that’s just what’s happening, with the guitar dominating one channel and the oboe the other – it’s hard for me to tell, I admit.

This is a long one, nearly 7 minutes, and the band doesn’t let up, charging through the solos as though the song were a sprint, not a marathon. About halfway through, some of the cohesion has left the tune, as though the mere act of indulging this wild journey had derailed it some. I’ve no doubt this was a conscious choice on Zappa’s part – after all, they’re “pretty good musicians,” and could easily keep the rhythm as sharp and consistent as they liked. Instead, the passion crescendoes alongside the insanity, chugging along at the dual lead of the manic guitar and lilting oboe. Zappa brings strong chords into solo alongside the triplets.

The oboe does a great job of building to the climax of the song, which yet again – now the third time – is paid off in the next tune, Soft Sell Conclusion.

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