Don Menza / Pete Magadini

Live at Claudio's

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The fiery tenor saxophonist Don Menza has had too few opportunities to record as a leader through the years. This rare quartet date with pianist Wray Downes, bassist Dave Young, and drummer Pete Magadini ranks with Menza's best. He takes hard-driving solos on four jazz standards (including "Confirmation" and Thelonious Monk's "I Mean You"), a couple of blues by drummer Magadini, and his own "Rose Tattoo." This live session finds Menza in top form, showing both humor and versatility in his swinging solos. Recommended.

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