27 January 2007

DON MENZA - MORNING SONG























Most Perfect Sound for Don Menza's MPS 1966 modal swinger.Dusty Groove on the case with another review:

Pure genius from the glory days of the Saba/MPS scene! Don Menza was an American player who'd blown some great solos in big band records in the US, but who never got a chance to cut an album like this until he hipped on over to the MPS studios in Germany. The set's got a magically dancing feel -- with Menza on tenor, blowing in front of a tight septet that swings with a hard, tight, and rhythmic sound! Menza's tone is incredible -- like hearing a player that you know should be famous, and being amazed at the tightness, economy, and imagination he manages to pack into such a small space. Great stuff throughout -- with tracks that include "Devil's Disciples", "New Spanish Boots", "Oliver's Twist", "Morning Song", and the great modal groover "Cinderella's Waltz".
DON MENZA-TENOR;RICK KIEFER-TRUMPET;RUDI FUESERS-TROMBONE;DICK SPENCER-ALTO;FRITZ PAUER-PIANO;GUNTER LENZ-BASS;PIERRE FAVRE-DRUMS
Ripped at 320 from the cd reissue.

9 comments:

Patricia said...

Thanks Bacoso for putting this one up . I had wondered about it .
A great session ? No . Not bad , but not top shelf either . The writing was pretty bland for the most part . I did like the arrangement of When Johnny Comes Marching Home ; the playing on it reminded me a little of Tubby Hayes . Too bad it was so brief . There were times particularly on Devil's Disciples and Oliver's Twist , that Menza played a lot of notes to very little effect . The title track put me to sleep .

Richard said...

Great stuff. Any idea of the personnel? Googled unsucessfully.

freddydwight said...

Menza was a mid-level cat who had some flashes of brilliance. this is a very nice find. tyvm.

El Swami Hermitus Solus said...

How can i have missed that one ?!?

I Need bigger 'glasses

Thanx

El Swami

pipie said...

I'm really interested in hearing this, but the link is down. Any chance for a re-up? Thanks for putting up such a diverse set of music, perfect for an ADD record junkie like me.

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2bad said...

The Rapidshare link is dead (surprise, surprise) but Manepipoca (http://manepipoca.blogspot.com/) put his on Mediafire so it's still there -- que suerte!

http://www.mediafire.com/?fuy9k2lm4jz

Feliz navidad a bacoso y a Don Menza y a todo!