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    A few of my favorites from Mr. Menconi:








    Hope you enjoy them too!
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    I have been listening to this guy for the past month never previously heard of him. Wow what a player he just gets around so smooth and easy. I like his take on Nobody Else But a real workout and melodic.
    specializing in repair and setup, does your guitar play like it should?

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    Quote Originally Posted by deacon Mark View Post
    I have been listening to this guy for the past month never previously heard of him. Wow what a player he just gets around so smooth and easy. I like his take on Nobody Else But a real workout and melodic.
    He really does and great tone too!

    Have you listened to any of his "Trio Bobo" stuff?


    Thanks for the post and
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    Check out his rendition of "April in Paris" while demo-ing a Gibson LeGrand. I came upon it when researching the instrument and he makes it sing! (Scroll to the bottom of the listing for the video.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by deacon Mark View Post
    I have been listening to this guy for the past month never previously heard of him. Wow what a player he just gets around so smooth and easy. I like his take on Nobody Else But a real workout and melodic.

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    tasty! just the right mix of blaze and restraint and I love the comping. If I could get half this good I'd be happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKA View Post
    Check out his rendition of "April in Paris" while demo-ing a Gibson LeGrand. I came upon it when researching the instrument and he makes it sing! (Scroll to the bottom of the listing for the video.)

    Albert


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    Thanks Albert! I actually saw that as well on Reverb while perusing the archtops. Very, very tasteful playing.

    On a side note, that LeGrand is molto bella!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Kaye View Post
    tasty! just the right mix of blaze and restraint and I love the comping. If I could get half this good I'd be happy.
    Well typed Michael! I love his comping as well.

    You're not alone either, if I could only be half that good I'd be thrilled!


    Thanks for the post and
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    A few more nice ones:








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    This one jumps!




    Trio Bobo:






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    Good Lord - that guy plays some soulful, spontaneous, and beautiful jazz guitar!

    And I've never heard of him before until now.

    Thank you for introducing me to Alessio Menconi - I'll remember his name for sure!

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    Steven Herron
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    Quote Originally Posted by Midnight Blues View Post
    Well typed Michael! I love his comping as well.

    You're not alone either, if I could only be half that good I'd be thrilled!


    Thanks for the post and
    thanks for bringing him to my attention! I'll definitely be taking a closer look at Stolen Moments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Herron View Post
    Good Lord - that guy plays some soulful, spontaneous, and beautiful jazz guitar!

    And I've never heard of him before until now.

    Thank you for introducing me to Alessio Menconi - I'll remember his name for sure!

    Regards,
    Steven Herron
    Jazz Guitar Tabs - Solos, Tabs Books, Instruction DVDs + Video Lessons
    You’re welcome Steven. I stumbled upon him myself a while ago when checking stuff out on YouTube. Pretty impressive IMHO.


    Thanks for the post and
    Last edited by Midnight Blues; 01-31-2019 at 10:43 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Kaye View Post
    thanks for bringing him to my attention! I'll definitely be taking a closer look at Stolen Moments.
    You’re welcome Michael. My favorite arrangement of “Stolen Moments”, at least as far a guitar is concerned, is Lee Ritneour’s. Alessio’s is a close second.


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    Last edited by Midnight Blues; 01-31-2019 at 10:44 PM.
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    I really like Menconi. Here he is live with over an hour of great playing in a trio:

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    Quote Originally Posted by maggles55 View Post
    I really like Menconi. Here he is live with over an hour of great playing in a trio:
    Thanks for that maggies55! That's one I haven't seen before?

    Man, I love his phrasing and his picking technique is so economical! The other thing; every time I see a video I haven't seen before, he has a different guitar! I think Gibson owes him an "Artist Model"!


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    One of my all-time favorite tunes:

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    How pretty is this?:

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    I have done nothing but listen to this fellow now the past week and he is becoming my favorite player. He has full command of the guitar he just makes it all look really cool in a way. He plays great chord melody and smokes through bop tunes with ease. It seems much of his stuff is available to listen to so that is great. Oh he plays cool guitars to boot.
    specializing in repair and setup, does your guitar play like it should?

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    Quote Originally Posted by deacon Mark View Post
    I have done nothing but listen to this fellow now the past week and he is becoming my favorite player. He has full command of the guitar he just makes it all look really cool in a way. He plays great chord melody and smokes through bop tunes with ease. It seems much of his stuff is available to listen to so that is great. Oh he plays cool guitars to boot.
    I’ve been doing the same myself Mark. I can’t seem to get enough? He’s got a few releases on iTunes as well. One in particular, “Standard Trio” is great!

    On a side note, he’s not a bad instructor either.


    Thanks for the post and
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    I particularly like his playing on Nobody Else But Me. In fact the tune got me to even find him. I was playing the tune to memorize it and it not many do the tune but it is nice. So I go back to the classic Joe Pass recording on Simplcity. Then I google and find the guy and he just sounds like a combination of Wes and Pat Martino without going the George Benson route. Nothing wrong with Benson at all but I find Menconi's lines move different and he has developed his own sound. Plus being an archtop player myself exclusively I like is L5's and JS. He even plays a handmade guitar I have not seen. I am guessing if you are a builder you want him playing your guitar.
    specializing in repair and setup, does your guitar play like it should?

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    Reads similar to how I found him too Mark. Lee Ritenour’s rendition of “Stolen Moments” is one of my all-time favorites. I was looking for a backing track on YouTube and I can across Alessio’s version and I was hooked!

    I completely agree with you that he sounds like a combination of Wes and Pat. In addition I’d also throw-in some Kenny Burrell as well.

    I’d love to see him do a video of his guitars and amps!


    Thanks for the post and Alessio Menconi-cheers-gif


    P.S.

    On an unrelated subject, I see by your salutation that you specialize in repairs and setups. Would you mind if I PM you in relation to the latter? Thanks!
    Midnight Blues

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKA View Post
    Check out his rendition of "April in Paris" while demo-ing a Gibson LeGrand. I came upon it when researching the instrument and he makes it sing! (Scroll to the bottom of the listing for the video.)

    Albert


    Gibson Legrand '95 Master Model | Davide's Gear | Reverb
    Geez Albert, I apologize, I thought I had posted this already?:



    I must've posted it elsewhere? What a beautiful rendition and what a beautiful LeGrand!


    Thanks for the recommendation and
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    Alessio plays a little Wes:

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    Thanks Midnight Blues for creating this thread; I have never heard of Menconi and wow, what a player. I don't have anything to add that hasn't already been said about his playing, so I'll just say that most of the songs posted here are some of my favorite standards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jameslovestal View Post
    Thanks Midnight Blues for creating this thread; I have never heard of Menconi and wow, what a player. I don't have anything to add that hasn't already been said about his playing, so I'll just say that most of the songs posted here are some of my favorite standards.


    My pleasure James.

    I was lucky to find him myself. Just happened to be looking for some videos on “Stolen Moments” a while back and I came across Alessio’s rendition. I was hooked right then and there! He’s an “Old School” player, which I really like, with a touch modernism. He’s quickly become my favorite “New” player!


    Thanks for the post and
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    Although I can understand a bit of what he’s saying, regrettably, I can’t speak Italian, but IMHO, this is worth watching nonetheless:

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    As others have stated, thanks to Midnight Blues for introducing us to Alessio Menconi. I've been thoroughly enjoying his music!!
    Absolutely masterful player!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gitfiddler View Post
    As others have stated, thanks to Midnight Blues for introducing us to Alessio Menconi. I've been thoroughly enjoying his music!!
    Absolutely masterful player!
    You're quite welcome Gitfiddler! I'm happy to read that so many others are enjoying his playing as much as I am as well!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Midnight Blues View Post
    Although I can understand a bit of what he’s saying, regrettably, I can’t speak Italian, but IMHO, this is worth watching nonetheless:

    My wife is Italian, so I'm going to have her translate this for me. Oh, wait, I didn't get her anything for Valentines Day,,,,,, Yea, I better wait a few weeks before asking!

    PS: Someone posted saying something like 'this is why there are so many solid Italian-American jazz guitarist'; If that is true, I wonder if anyone knows why that is; I go to Italy about every year, and I do run into some of her friends that own a guitar. All they ever want me to do is play delta-blues type music and if they know of a jazz guitarist it is Pat Metheny.

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    I don't know.......I think ......... I'm in love.

    I cant get enough of this guy

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    Quote Originally Posted by jameslovestal View Post
    My wife is Italian, so I'm going to have her translate this for me. Oh, wait, I didn't get her anything for Valentines Day,,,,,, Yea, I better wait a few weeks before asking!

    PS: Someone posted saying something like 'this is why there are so many solid Italian-American jazz guitarist'; If that is true, I wonder if anyone knows why that is; I go to Italy about every year, and I do run into some of her friends that own a guitar. All they ever want me to do is play delta-blues type music and if they know of a jazz guitarist it is Pat Metheny.
    Don't feel bad James, I'm full-blooded Italian-American and I'd have to have someone translate it for me as well! It's a shame really, but when my grand parents came here from Italy, they wanted to learn the English language to help them assimilate and as a consequence, really didn't teach their children their language. They wanted to converse with them in English. My parents picked-up some of the Italian language, but not much. Even though they understood a lot of it, they didn't pass it down either.

    One of these days I may try to learn it.

    That is interesting how many Italian-American jazz guitarist there are. Maybe it had to do with the point in time of their ancestors immigration to the U.S.? Needless to type, there are a lot of guitar players in Italy, which BTW, just watching the videos of Alessio, I've seen a several other Italian jazz guitarists that are not too shabby either.


    Thanks for the post and
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Kaye View Post
    I don't know.......I think ......... I'm in love.

    I cant get enough of this guy


    Don't blame you Michael, I can't either! Been listening to him all day!

    Maybe instead of "The End of a Love Affair", we can write tune and entitle it: "The Beginning of a Bromance"?


    Thanks for the post and
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    Quote Originally Posted by jameslovestal View Post
    PS: Someone posted saying something like 'this is why there are so many solid Italian-American jazz guitarist'; If that is true, I wonder if anyone knows why that is; I go to Italy about every year, and I do run into some of her friends that own a guitar. All they ever want me to do is play delta-blues type music and if they know of a jazz guitarist it is Pat Metheny.
    There aren't that many jazz musicians in Africa either. Or in any other country for that matter Seems like most contemporary European guitarists I know of are French/Dutch. Possibly the gypsy culture keeping things alive down there. Or it could just be what've coincidentally reached my attention

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    Quote Originally Posted by Runepune View Post
    There aren't that many jazz musicians in Africa either. Or in any other country for that matter Seems like most contemporary European guitarists I know of are French/Dutch. Possibly the gypsy culture keeping things alive down there. Or it could just be what've coincidentally reached my attention
    You're right about the French/Dutch and I'd throw-in Japan as well, so I think there could be something to the cultural aspect.


    Thanks for the post Runepune and
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