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Just stumbled accross this video of Don Menza playing what looks like a brilhart. I dont know much about Don appart from reading about him in the Art Pepper autobiography and hearing him on one buddy rich album. Is he still alive? He's playing killing on this video! And what a sound out of that Brilhart! Its deffinatly not Getz!!!!!

http://www.dailymotion.com/savelonp/video/x1dqyc_don-menza-groovin-hard
 

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well, I had never heard of Don Menza before
http://www.jazzprofessional.com/interviews/don_menza.htm
but the this cat really rocks! It is very funny (in a way) to see the second tenor Oliver Peters (or something like that) who has to follow the Menza solo with his and he struggles (playing better that I probably ever will) to keep the same pace the Menza locomotive had been setting.
Bags of energy and great creativity with a very minimum of gimmiks.
Respect!:cool:
 

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Yeah looks like a Tonalin, bit of Prez in Don,s playing.The chord sequence reminds me of My Groove-Your Move Hank Mobley
 

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Terrific video!!! Thanks for sharing this find. Don Menza is a MONSTER, there is no other way to say it. His cadenza at the end of "Channel One Suite" by the Buddy Rich band is legendary. Check it out.

I had heard that he used a Tonalin on his Keilwerth at one time and it was nice to see and hear this set-up in action (something tells me I'll be putting my Tonalin on my SX-90R tonight;) )

Don Menza is also a wonderful composer and arranger. I'm in a big band that plays "Groovin' Hard", which is Menza's chart. It's tough, particularly the sax soli, but it really swings.

To paraphrase Tim Price....Don Menza needs your ears.
 

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Bob M said:
Terrific video!!! Thanks for sharing this find. Don Menza is a MONSTER, there is no other way to say it. His cadenza at the end of "Channel One Suite" by the Buddy Rich band is legendary. Check it out.

I had heard that he used a Tonalin on his Keilwerth at one time and it was nice to see and hear this set-up in action (something tells me I'll be putting my Tonalin on my SX-90R tonight;) )
Nothing like inspiration, eh ?:)

That was some classic Menza.
Put it in a timecapsule for future generations to marvel at.:cool:
 

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The other tenor player; Oliver Peters was also very good- looked like they
were having a lot of fun trading choruses/bars/phrases ..

BTW- Don's son Nick Menza is the drummer in MEGADEATH; a metal band.:shock: :D
 

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It's Megadeth (we don't want to confuse them with death metal artists), and they're really good in their genre. It takes a lot of skill to play speed metal---especially the drumming.
 

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Great clip, thanks for that. "Groovin' Hard" is a staple in the books of Monday night big bands everywhere -- easy to hear why.

Looks like the WDR band's lead alto is playing a Brilhart also.

I recently picked up Menza's live big band CD "Menza Lines" and enjoyed it a lot.

OT: Bob, what band are you with?
 

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I though Oliver Peters did a fine job. I didn't think he was struggling - it's clear that these guys are coming out or different styles. I like the Peters comes is slow and thoughtful. A less mature player (like myself) would have tried to hit the ground BURNING and run out of stuff to play after 1 chorus.
 

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The SOS Big Band out of Cumberland, RI
 

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Look how much mouthpiece he takes in. Phil Barone would be proud!!!

(and a very loose embouchure too)
I noticed the same thing. He's taking in the whole beak. Very interesting to watch, chops-wise.
 

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I used to here him quite a bit when he lived here in Vegas in the early 90s. In fact, I played a gig with him.
 

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Very nice playing! Also dug the Carmen quote from Frank Chastenier! I could only pull that off with the love theme from Sheherazade.... is that martysax on 1st tenor?!
 
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