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.