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John Menegon
12/12/2013
John Menegon

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The Dunsmore Room
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John Menegon Quartet "New Conceptions" Review

FEB 2019 New York City Jazz Record

The wide-open architecture that is Jazz at Kitano played host to echoes of the Jet Age and the sounds were utterly classic (Jan. 12th). These days, George Shearing is sadly overlooked, though 2019 marks his centenary; in his time, the pianist held international celebrity. His decidedly clean, modern jazz tightly arranged with vibraphone/piano/guitar lead eludes today’s rapid-fire attention span, so bassist John Menegon’s tribute was a refreshing antidote. In a set comprising repertoire of the Shearing Quintet, or similar Menegon originals, the ensemble offered airy versions of “Hallelujah”, “Oh Look at Me Now”, “Born to Be Blue”, “The Nearness of You” and “Lullaby of Birdland”. Propelled by the crisp, prodigious drumming of Yoron Israel (who softly took the music well beyond that of forbearer Denzil Best), the band’s time-warp featured solos by thrilling pianist John DiMartino and the leader. But up front was vibraphonist Steve Nelson, an alumnus of Shearing’s ‘80s band. His brilliant shimmer and dead-on melodic command allowed for a dose of nostalgia, but his forwardlooking approach has always recalled Bobby Hutcherson rather than Margie Hyams or Emil Richards, present during the mid-century glory days. A highlight was “Basso Profundo”, composed for Shearing by then-bassist John Levy: Menegon’s melodic line and masterful improv, as well as the band’s unison stop-time sections—a Shearing hallmark—made for a stunning performance. (JP) John Pietaro