paul carman







selected discography

  1981 champaign- champaign (vocals)    


frank zappa: broadway the hard way
   (1988, 2lp, usa, barking pumpkin)

  1991 champaign- champaign iv (vocals)    
55 frank zappa: the best band you never heard in your life
   (1991, 2cd, usa, barking pumpkin)

56 frank zappa: make a jazz noise here
   (1991, 2cd, usa, barking pumpkin)


frank zappa: you can't do that on stage anymore vol.4
   (1991, 2cd, usa, ryko)  
59 frank zappa: you can't do that on stage anymore vol.6
   (1992, 2cd, usa, ryko)
  russ freeman & the rippingtons: live in la
    (1992, cd, ??, grp) - feat. paul carman
  paul carman & esp: passion
    (1993, cd, ??, ??)
  1995 frank zappa- strictly commercial [lp vinyl only]   
  1997 dale, dick- better shred than dead  (saxophone)   
  continuum: passages
    (2000, cd, usa, ninewinds records) - feat. paul carman ; incl. compositions by john bergamo & paul carman

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  paul carman & esp: even picasso couldn't find her
    (2000, cd, usa, 9 winds)

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  quarteto nuevo: el musico
    (2001, cd, usa, private release) - incl. 'even picasso couldn't find her' (paul carman)

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frank zappa: trance-fusion
    (2006, cd, usa, zappa records)

  various artists: the frank zappa aaafnraa birthday bundle
    (2006, itunes, -) - feat. frank, moon, dweezil, ahmet & diva zappa

  coal kitchen- thirsty or not...choose your flavor (vocals)   
  owen, sandy- montage (alto sax)(soprano)    
  various artists: the frank zappa aaafnraaa birthday bundle 21 dec 2008
    (2008, itunes, -) - feat. frank, dweezil, ahmet & diva zappa

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  various artists: the frank zappa aaafnraaaa birthday bundle 21 dec 2010
    (2010, itunes, -) - feat. frank, dweezil, ahmet zappa

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frank zappa: frank zappa for president
    (2016, cd, usa, zappa records zr 20021)
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random notes


Frank Zappa's alto player from the '88 tour, Paul Carman, has a solo cd out on 9 winds.  It's called Even Picasso Couldn't Find Her.  The album is mostly originals with a cover of Monk's "Ugly Beauty".

     From: jenna plato (
     Subject: wrong paul carman

The Paul Carman that recorded on the Leatherwolf albums is somebody completely different!


Note- I had previously reported Paul Carman as having played bass on a couple of albums by a group called Leatherwolf.  Apparantly this is incorrect, there are two different Paul Carmans.  If there are any other correctiosn to be made in this discography, or if you have any information to add about Paul, please let me know!  Thanks... Patrick.

     Via: Charles Ulrich (

Saxophonist Paul Carman is a veteran of the Frank Zappa Band of the late 1980's (in Frank's own words, "the best band you never heard in your life"). Rehearsing, touring (1988-89 world tour), and recording with one of music's most influential groundbreakers inspired Carman to form his own ensemble and start having as much fun as Frank did with his bands.

Paul sites his early influences as Paul Desmond, Gene Krupa, Led Zepplin, The Beatles, Cannonball Adderley, Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, Ornette Coleman, Keith Jarrett, Bob Marley, Fela Kuti, Tom Waits, and Jan Garbarak.

Carman formed his current band, ESP in 1992 choosing to go back to his first love, the acoustic jazz quartet, and incorporate his diverse musical interestes into this classic format. The musicians that Paul chose all share his affinity for these diverse musical influences yet, like himself, are rooted in the jazz tradition. Their second release, "Even Picasso Couldn't Find Her" is ESP's most cohesive and inspired recording to date.

    From Jan van Kemenade
    December 2005

Paul Carman is featured on Russ Freeman & the Rippingtons' "Live in LA".


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