Menza, Don / Pete Magadini – Live At Claudios -CD -Sackville 3052
This 1991 live album is a reunion of the same group that recorded Bones Blues (Sackville SK 4004) in 1977, still rated as a milestone in these musicians’ artistry. Don Menza is a powerful tenor saxophonist, with a dynamic and distinctive sound and style. Menza joined Buddy Rich’s 1968 big band in the ‘jazz tenor’ chair, recording the famous solo cadenza on “Channel 1 Suite” that utilized circular breathing and has become known as a classic. He settled in California and worked with Elvin Jones, Louie Bellson and as a member of The Tonight Show Band, with Johnny Carson. With Wray Downes, piano, Dave Young, bass and Pete Magadini, drums. CD contains “Confirmation”, “These Foolish Things”, “I Mean You”, “On A Misty Night” and three originals.