buzz gardner

Buzz Gardner, real name Charles Guarnera and brother of Bunk Gardner, played and recorded with the Mothers of Invention between November 1968 and August 1969.

Bunk Gardner, Buzz Gardner and John Balkin performed as Menage A Trois between 1969 and 1972. A couple of their recordings can be found on the first Grandmothers album.

Buzz Gardner passed away, February 1, 2004.

biography
  (by Geoff Wills, 2002)

discography

rené thomas quintet: rené thomas et son quintette
    (1954, lp, fr, vogue
ld210)
- feat.buzz gardner

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bobby jaspar: bobby jaspar's new jazz vol.2
    (1954, lp, fr, swing) - feat.buzz gardner

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le jazz groupe de paris: essais d'andré hodeir
    (1955, lp, fr, swing m33353) - feat. buzz gardner

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the mothers of invention: burnt weeny sandwich
   (1970, lp, usa, bizarre)

10

the mothers of invention: weasels ripped my flesh
   (1970, lp, usa, bizarre)

  tim buckley: starsailor (6)
    (1970, lp, usa, straight) - feat.bunk gardner, buzz gardner, john balkin
  domenic troiano: the writings on the wall / the wear and the tear on my mind
    (1972, 7", usa, mercury records) - feat. bunk gardner, buzz gardner

  domenic troiano domenic troiano
    (1972, lp, usa, mercury records) - feat. bunk gardner, buzz gardner

geronimo black: geronimo black  (1)
    (1972, lp, universal city recs) - feat. various ex-mothers of invention

geronimo black: welcome back (2)
    (1980, lp, usa, helios recs) - feat. various ex-mothers of invention

the grandmothers: grandmothers (1)
    (1981, lp, ger, line records 6.24636 ap) - feat. various ex-moi

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  the grandmothers: fan club talk lp (2)
    (1981, lp, us, panda 001)

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  the grandmothers: lookin' up granny's dress  (3)
    (1982, lp, us, rhino records  rnlp 804) - feat. various ex-moi; incl.zappa compositions

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51 frank zappa: you can't do that on stage anymore vol.1
   (1988, 2cd, usa, ryko)

57

frank zappa: you can't do that on stage anymore vol.4
   (1991, 2cd, usa, ryko)  
  the mothers of invention: the ark
    (1991, cd, usa, rhino foo-eee records r2 70538)
  zappa / mothers: our man in nirvana
    (1991, cd, usa, rhino foo-eee records r2 71022)

58

frank zappa: you can't do that on stage anymore vol.5
   (1992, 2cd, usa, ryko)
the grandmothers: a mother of an anthology
    (1993, cd, us, one way records ow 28880)  = compilation + extra tracks

68

frank zappa: mystery disc
   (1998, cd, usa, ryko)

bobby jaspar: bobby jaspar and his modern jazz
    (1998, cd, eu, bmg 7432155951 2) - feat.buzz gardner

  andré hodeir: the vogue sessions
    (1999, cd, fr, bmg 74321610202) - feat.buzz gardner

  roy haynes sextet / rené thomas quintet / frank foster quartet / feat. henri renaud: the 1954 paris sessions
    (1999, cd, france, bmg 74321622912) - feat.buzz gardner

  domenic troiano: the best of
    (2003, cd , canada, universal) - feat. bunk gardner, buzz gardner

  bunk gardner: it's all bunk!
    (2007, cd, usa, crossfire publications) - feat. various ex-moi

  jimmy carl black: where’s the $%&§#@’ beer?
    (2007, cd, usa, crossfire publications 9508-2) - feat.various mothers of invention

  geronimo black: welcome back
    (2008, download, -, crossfire) - feat. various ex-mothers of invention / downloadable version of the 1979 album, with six bonus tracks
 
  bunk gardner: it's all bunk! (reloaded)
    (2010, download, -, crossfire publications)
= revised edition - download only

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  geronimo black: welcome back geronimo black (revised)
    (2010, download, -, crossfire publications) = revised edition - download only

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  ant-bee: electronic church muzik
    (2011, cd, usa, barking moondog records bmr1) - feat. various zappa & beefheart alumni
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frank zappa: finer moments
    (2012, cd, usa, zappa records)

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random notes

from: patrick neve
anyone got a good picture of buzz gardner?

     from: charles ulrich (ulrich@sfu.ca)
buzz is in three group photos on page 55 of the revised edition of russo's cosmik debris.
 
also fz: a visual documentary by miles--p.29 (far right), p.41 (playing trumpet). the latter photo also appears on p.42 of fz in his own words.
 
one of the photos that's in the russo book is also in gray's mother! (not to be confused with whistler's mother), between pages 64 and 65.


    From Ted Alvy
    December 2004

Frank Zappa dedicated a song to the new members of The Mothers Of Invention, Lowell and Buzz, during the three hour radio interview that took place at the KPPC-FM radio studios in the basement of The Pasadena Presbyterian Church (PPC):

KPPC-FM 106.7 Pasadena, California Thanksgiving Eve 5pm - 8 pm November 27, 1968 when legendary deejay LES CARTER and his guest FRANK ZAPPA play Their Scratchy 45s


 


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