Menza Lines

Menza Lines

by Don Menza
     
 

Team a major arranger (Don Menza) with some of Los Angeles' top musicians and superior straight-ahead material and the result is a memorable big band recording. Many of the selections heard on this live date are based on familiar chord changes, with "Gravy" being better known as "Walkin'," "Faviana" actually being a disguised "Stella by Starlight," and "Time to Leave"… See more details below

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Team a major arranger (Don Menza) with some of Los Angeles' top musicians and superior straight-ahead material and the result is a memorable big band recording. Many of the selections heard on this live date are based on familiar chord changes, with "Gravy" being better known as "Walkin'," "Faviana" actually being a disguised "Stella by Starlight," and "Time to Leave" being based on "After You've Gone." The arrangements are always swinging and full of surprises, and the many soloists include Menza on tenor (showcased on a rare instrumental version of "Nina Never Knew"), trombonists Bob McChesney and Alex Iles, trumpeter Don Rader, altoist Lanny Morgan on "Hark the Harold," and trumpeter Bobby Shew on "Prelude to a Kiss." Every selection is fun to hear, making one wish that Don Menza would lead many more big band sets in the future. At least one can be grateful for this gem.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/04/2005
Label:
Jazzed Media
UPC:
0783707180403
catalogNumber:
1009
Rank:
158674

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Don Menza   Primary Artist,Leader,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Bobby Shew   Trumpet
Lanny Morgan   Reeds
Chuck Findley   Trumpet
Ron King   Trumpet
Bob McChesney   Trombone
Jack Nimitz   Reeds
Tom Peterson   Reeds
Don Rader   Trumpet
Frank Szabo   Trumpet
Doug Webb   Reeds
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Mike Stephans   Drums
Mark Waggoner   Guitar
Chris Conner   Bass,Bass Guitar
Mike Abene   Piano
Alex Iles   Trombone
Mark Waggoner   Guitar
Russ D'Alba   Reeds
John Hasselback   Trombone

Technical Credits

Don Menza   Composer
Jimmy Mundy   Composer
Herb Wong   Liner Notes
Rod Nicas   Mastering
Tim Pinch   Engineer
Louis Alter   Composer
Milton Drake   Composer
Graham Carter   Producer
Stuart Alden   Cover Photo

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