New Zealand-based drummer / producer / composer Myele Manzanza comes through with a brand new jazz album titled A Love Requited. Having been a fan of this man’s work since his 2013 album One, I was eager to listen to what he had to offer on this new release, and he does not disappoint one bit!
Firstly, the incredible musicianship between Myele and the rest of the supreme talents that make the band for this album, is amazing to hear. The guitar rhythms on “Family Dynamics” for example are superb and show the band explore colourful soundscapes with trumpet and saxophone leads as well as keys that are absolutely breathtaking and gorgeous. The energy of “Big Deal” sees the group delve into intense saxophone melodies as well as high-paced drumming, which builds throughout the track and really takes off. The slower-paced energy of “Madrid” builds as the track progresses, with saxophone, trumpets and keys complementing the energetic drumming and smooth basslines. The piano-heavy melody on “Resiliance” is strong and incredibly poignant, and as the drums and bass kicks in, I can’t help but sway my head back and forth. It’s truly a special moment on the album, and one of my favourite tracks. The unsettling energy of the last track “A Love Requited” builds up with drums and percussion, and as it grows in energy, finishing in a cacophony of blissful sounds, before finally ending with 20 seconds of silence. This album is a brilliant follow-up to his previous releases, and I’m really happy for all of his success.
Listen to Myle Manzanza’s new album A Love Requited below via Bandcamp and don’t forget to support! Released via First Word Records.