Coming Soon on CD from Delmark
Born And Raised
Delmark DE 840
The music of Omar Coleman, like Chicago itself, contains multitudes. Rooted in the blues, spiked with R&B urgency, and resonant with deep-soul passion, it both moves the heart and galvanizes the feet – "grown folks' music," as they say, but abrim with the enthusiasm, fire, and dedication of a young man making his mark on the world. The stories his songs tell are drawn from real life, rich with affirming humanity. Fourteen original songs, most either written or co-written by Omar, include "I Was A Fool" and "Wishing Well" with guest Mile Wheeler, "Man Like Me" and "You’ve Got A Hold On Me" with guest Toronzo Cannon, "Tell Me What You Want" and "Slow Down Baby" with guest Dave Herrero, "One Request", "Sit Down Baby" and "Very Lucky Man".
Don Menza / Pete Magadini Quartet
Live at Claudios
Sackville SK 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.