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New Moon

by John Menegon

Genre: Jazz: Avant-Garde Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Lost in Treble Land
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2. Prism
3:49 $0.99
3. Apology
5:41 $0.99
4. Pure Dissonant
4:10 $0.99
5. Request
4:52 $0.99
6. Merciful
6:00 $0.99
7. Catalyst
5:58 $0.99
8. Three for Us
4:22 $0.99
9. New Moon
8:44 $0.99
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Hi to all my fans! The CD NEW MOON is a reflection of my many years of love and dedication to the process of creating personal and engaging music that can help to propel positive energy in the world. The recording took place at Upland Studio, deep in the mountains of the Catskills in Upstate New York. The CD was recorded in two sessions, one in June and the other in November of 2011. The first session included Harvey Sorgen and Bob Meyer, each playing their own drum kit, along with Jonathan Lorentz on alto sax, tenor sax, and wood flute, vocalist Teri Roiger, and myself on bass. The concept going into the recording was to have all the musicians engage in creating a musical spectrum based on shapes that sometimes look like equations in regard to velocity, rhythm, and intensity. We challenged each other with spontaneity, dynamic range, and self expression. Included in the recording are two compositions that engage the spoken word. LOST IN TREBLE LAND is based on a poem I wrote while spending a month in Montreal (Canada) in the late summer of 2009. APOLOGY was composed around a poem written by Teri Roiger for the session. The second session included Michael Bocian on electric guitar, along with Jonathan Lorentz on tenor sax, Bob Meyer on drums, and myself on bass. All these musicians have been inspirational to me, as they all work towards a common goal of creating music with spontaneity.

A resident of Upstate New York, Menegon started his career as a jazz bassist in Montreal. After having worked for several years on the Canadian jazz scene with the great guitarists Sonny Greenwich, Mike Gauthier & Nelson Simons, and saxophonists Steve Grossman & Pat LaBarbara, he then went on to hone his skills in NYC in the mid-80s. Since moving to New York City to study Jazz at Long Island University on a full scholarship, John has performed/recorded with Dewey Redman, David “Fathead” Newman, Matt Wilson, Frank Kimbrough, John Hicks, Yoron Israel, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Burrell, Kenny Barron, Bruce Barth, Paul Bley, Anthony Braxton's Tri-Centric Orchestra, Nick Brignola, Bob Meyer, Jimmy Cobb, Al Foster, Slide Hampton, Sheila Jordan, Lee Konitz, J.R. Monterose, Joe Lovano and many others.

John was an integral member of the David “Fathead” Newman Quintet, until his death in January 2009 and was also a member of the Dewey Redman Quartet for ten years up until his death in 2006. These jazz legends have taken John around the world, playing at jazz festivals in South Africa, Argentina, Turkey, Brazil, Europe and the U.S., and have been a major influence in his playing and compositions. John appears on Newman’s four most recent CDs on High Note Records, the most recent being a 2007 release entitled Life.

In 2005 John recorded SOUL ADVICE, a CD of original compositions written by the musicians in the band: Mark Dziuba (guitar), John Gunther (bass clarinet, tenor & soprano sax), Tani Tabbal (drums), and Menegon (bass). This is a brilliant release full of rich composition and arrangement…when you have a strong well-rounded bassist like John Menegon composing, arranging, and laying down the serious low-end vibes, the music naturally flows out and around and back again seeking its root. John Trent, Chronogram

In 2004 Menegon debuted his CD Search Light. The CD is a selection of his original compositions and arrangements, and features one of jazz's greatest living legends, Dewey Redman (sax), along with John Gunther (sax/flute), Mark Dziuba (guitar), Mark McLean (drums), Tani Tabbal (percussion) and Teri Roiger (voice). John Menegon’s Search Light is witty, atmospheric, and thoroughly engaging from one end to the other. On Search Light, John Menegon shows, without self-indulgence, that the bass can define the character of an ensemble as clearly and fully as any other instrument. The entire project has a surefootedness, a quiet, elegant, muscularity that radiates from Mr. Menegon’s own playing, and that is immediately apparent and compelling. The band is made up entirely of accomplished players, the best known being, in fact, saxophonist Dewey Redman, who is, once again, brilliant, and wonderful. Steven Robinson, All About Jazz

In 2005 John played at the Montreal Jazz Festival with Pat Metheny and Dewey Redman, performing music from Metheny’s CD 80/81. John also played at the Festival with the Dewey Redman Quartet featuring Matt Wilson on drums and Frank Kimbrough on piano, which was acclaimed by the critics as the best performance of the entire 2005 Festival.

John is currently teaching bass, jazz workshops and jazz history at SUNY New Paltz and Williams College.

Festival International de Jazz de Montreal with Dewey Redman, Pat Metheny, Matt Wilson: MENEGON met the demands of the music with a combination of relaxed swing and more outward-looking freedom. His solos were the perfect confluence of rhythmic invention and melodic conception. John Kelman, AllAboutJazz-New York

A fine carpet of swing laid by bassist John Menegon sets the jump-blues feel
on Menegon’s tune Bu Bop Bass just right on Newman’s latest CD Cityscape #1 on JazzWeek Charts! Andrew Rowan, AllAboutJazz-New York

John Menegon’s offerings on upright bass flowered with generous solo escapades to engrossing feats of accompaniment. METROLAND



Borderlands (Jonathon Lorentz) 2011 John Menegon(bass), David Clarko (drums), (Jonathon Lorentz (Tenor sax).

Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & Heard. KARIBU
2011. John Menegon (bass), Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius (piano/voice), Jonathon Greene (clarinet/saxophones), Rebecca Kleinmann (flutes),John Ehlis (guitar/mandolin), Brian Melick (percussion)
Zorkie Nelson (percussion/voice), Jeffery Parker, Dan Vidali, (cello)

OLD PATHS...NEW ROADS, Robert Lindquist.
John Menegon (bass), Jeff Dowd (drums),
Robert Lindquist (piano).2009

SOUL ADVICE (John Menegon’s release, Maki Records) 2006
John Menegon (bass), John Gunther (sax & bass clarinet), Mark Dziuba (guitar)
Tani Tabbal (drums)

SEARCH LIGHT (John Menegon’s release, Maki Records) 2004
John Menegon (bass), Dewey Redman (sax), John Gunther (sax), Mark Dziuba (guitar)
Mark McLean (drums), Tani Tabbal (drums and percussion), Teri Roiger (voice)

LIFE (David Fathead Newman’s release, HighNote Records) 2007
David Fathead Newman (sax and flute), John Menegon (bass), David Leonhardt (piano)
Peter Bernstein (guitar), Steve Nelson (vibes), Yoron Israel (drums)

CITYSCAPE (David Fathead Newman’s release, HighNote Records) 2006
David Fathead Newman (sax and flute), John Menegon (bass), David Leonhardt (piano)
Howard Johnson (baritone sax), Yoron Israel (drums)

I REMEMBER BROTHER RAY (David Fathead Newman’s release, HighNote Records) 2005
David Fathead Newman (sax and flute), John Hicks (piano), John Menegon (bass)
Steve Nelson (vibes), Winard Harper (drums)

STILL LIFE (Teri Roiger’s release on Maki Records) 2005
Teri Roiger (voice), Frank Kimbrough (piano), John Menegon (bass), Gil Goldstein (accordion) Matt Wilson (drums)

A recording at Ornette Coleman’s studio featuring Dewey Redman, JOHN MENEGON (bass), Joe Lovano, Michael Bocian, Leroy Jenkins, Pharoan Aklaff Matt Wilson, Amina Claudine Meyers, Teri Roiger, Judi Silvano, Lydija Redman and others

SONG FOR THE NEW MAN (David Fathead Newman’s release, HighNote Records) 2004
David Fathead Newman (sax and flute), John Hicks (piano), John Menegon (bass)
Curtis Fuller (trombone), Jimmy Cobb (drums)

ANTHONY BRAXTON’S TRILLIUM R, composition no. 162, (Opera In Four Acts) 1991

FIFTH HOUSE (collaborative project released on Imaginary Records) 2000
John Menegon (bass), Adam Rafferty (guitar), Jeff Siegel (drums)

MISTERIOSO (Teri Roiger/John Menegon release on King Records in Japan and Maki Records in the U.S.) 1998
Teri Roiger (voice), Kenny Burrell (guitar), John Menegon (bass), Jack DeJohnette (drums)

THROW OUT THE LIFE LINE (Linda Gibbs/Pat McKearn release) 2000

IF I SHOULD LOSE YOU (Sarah James release) 1995

© 2011 John Menegon



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