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Don Menza - John Bacon - Bobby Jones: Jack Rabbitt

Read "Jack Rabbitt" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Tre musicisti di generazioni diverse e che appartengono ad aree stilitiche diverse uniscono le forze e decidono di fare un tour nei club statunitensi. L'unica cosa in comune è il posto da dove vengono: i dintorni della città di Buffalo. La loro preparazione professionale è tale da far passare in secondo piano le differenze. Il sassofonista tenore Don Menza ha alle spalle una lunga carriera nell'area bop ed é il più anziano dei tre. Bobby Jones all'Hammond B3 ha avuto ...

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The Don Menza Big Band: Menza Lines

Read "Menza Lines" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Laying the tracks from Stratospheric, a Los Angeles Jazz Institute four-day celebration of the career of trumpeter/bandleader Maynard Ferguson, former alumni Don Menza directs his own big band on the live recording Menza Lines. The album, the second for the Menza Big Band after the well-regarded Burnin (1981), was recorded at the LAX Four Points Sheraton Hotel in 2004. It's a big band album without a wall-to-wall big band sound. While solo performances are a characteristic of all ensemble recordings, ...


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