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Don Menza

Don Menza is a powerful tenor saxophonist who, although able to effectively imitate most of the top stylists (from Coleman Hawkins to John Coltrane), has a distinctive sound of his own. Menza started playing tenor when he was 13. After getting out of the Army, he was with Maynard Ferguson's Orchestra (1960-1962) as both a soloist and an arranger.

A short stint with Stan Kenton and a year leading a quintet in Buffalo preceded a period living in Germany (1964-1968). After returning to the U.S., he was with Buddy Rich's big band in 1968, recording a famous solo on “Channel One Suite” that utilized circular breathing and was quite classic.

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Don Menza - Very Live at Groovy
Don Menza - Very Live...
Artie Music
2008
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Menza Lines
Menza Lines
Jazzed Media
2005
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Hip Pocket
Nonesuch
1982
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Horn Of Plenty
Nonesuch
1979
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First Flight
Nonesuch
1977
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Morning Song
Nonesuch
0
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