mallet percussion performances onstage with Frank Zappa's ensemble from 1977 to 1988, and his appearances on over 30 of Zappa's albums, both studio recordings and with Zappa's band live. Mann also has released a number of CDs as a bandleader and composer.
Mann formed a band with Tommy Mars in mid 1973. By the end of that year he was studying with John Bergamo at CalArts. In 1977 Frank Zappa asked Bergamo to do some overdubbing on the Zappa In New York album and Bergamo in turn recommended Mann.
A few months later Ruth Underwood told Mann that Zappa was looking for a second keyboard
player. When Ed called to recommend Tommy ("at midnite, the only time
when you could reach Frank by phone"), Frank invited him to "come up to
the house". Mann went to the house, where Terry Bozzio, Patrick O'Hearn, and Adrian Belew were jamming with Zappa. By 2:00am Ed was "in the band". Ed Mann later commented: "It took a few days for that all to sink in."
Mann can be heard playing gongs on J21's Yellow Mind:Blue Mind album.
Until mid-2014 Mann was a member of The Band From Utopia which has
featured many Zappa alumni such as Robert Martin, Chad Wackerman, Albert
Wing, Tom Fowler and Ralph Humprhries over the years. In 2008, Ed Mann
toured with Project Object and sat in with Agent Moosehead at the New York Harvest Festival and Freedom Rally. In 2013 Mann began performing on percussion and electronics with The Z3, an organ, guitar and drums trio that adapts Zappa music to the Hammond Organ-centered jazz-funk tradition.
Ed Mann is probably best known for playing percussion, marimba,
vibraphone, etc. for Frank Zappa in the eighties, starting with 1978's
Live in New York. He has done work for a number of other musicians,
including Kenny Loggins.
This is an album of very good jazz fusion
compositions. Some of it is in the vein of Zappa's jazz music, only it
is more coherent and accessible. The tracks are nice.long flowing
pieces, played with a lot of energy. Some jazz fusion can be boring or
repetitive. That is not the case here.
The CD is 39 minutes long.
Most tracks are around 5 to 6 minutes, but the last track is 10 minutes.
Also featured on this CD is Chad Wackerman (drummer for Zappa) and the
Fowler brothers (trombone and trumpet sessions players, and also played
1 This Is Tomorrow 5:41
2 Shattered Illusion 5:51
3 God Saves The Elephants 5:55
4 Get Up (Vocals – Xander Mann) 4:29
5 By Chance 6:43
6 The Final Tone 10:07
Marimba, Vibraphone, Keyboards, Percussion, Producer, Written-By – Ed Mann
Bass – Doug Lunn
Drums – Chad Wackerman
Guitar – Mike Hoffman
Trombone – Bruce Fowler*
Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Walt Fowler