John Menegon: Search Light (2003)
This quiet, engaging setting is ideal for Menegon's harmonically adventurous, rhythmically textured original compositions, played here with innovative instrumentation, notably the voice, bass and flute trio that states the melody on the title track "Search Light" and the bass and saxophone treatment of the melody in "Last Chance," a clever, distinctive homage to bop.
Mr. Menegon is often introduced as "Dewey Redman's bassist," and although that’s certainly an association to be proud of, Search Light ought to start people thinking of Menegon in his own right, as the master bassist and composer that this recording demonstrates him to be. The band is made up entirely of accomplished players, the best known being, in fact, saxophonist Dewey Redmanwho is, once again, brilliant, and wonderful. Contributions are made throughout by drummer Mark McLean, drummer and percussionist Tani Tabbal, guitarist Mark Dziuba, saxophonist and flautist John Gunther, and on two selections vocalist Teri Roiger.
This review originally appeared in the July 2003 issue of All About Jazz - New York .
Personnel: John Menegon: bass; Mark McLean: drums; Tani Tabbal: drums and percussion; Mark Dziuba: guitar; John Gunther: sax and flute; Dewey Redman: sax; Teri Roiger: vocals.
Record Label: Jazz in the Mountains