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Had To Say
Jack Mazzenga’s Space Time Trio

Classification – Blues / Rock

Jack Mazzenga – Fretless Guitar
Jim Petti – Bass Guitar, Fretless Bass (Had To Say)
Michael Thomson – Drums

Special Guests:
Ned Evett – Fretless Guitar, tracks 2 / 4 / 9
Neil Haverstick – Fretless Guitar, tracks 2 / 4 / 9
Mitch Goldman – Trumpet, tracks 1 / 4 / 9 / 13
Joe Brown – Tenor Sax and Flute, tracks 1 / 4 / 9 / 13

All tracks written and produced by Jack Mazzanga
Recorded by John Griffin at Griffin Audio Media
Mastered by Mark Yoder at iMaster Studios
Photography by Maria Mazzenga & Kelly Lawson
CD Design and Layout – Theron Mattick

1 Hydro
2 Gigbag & Hubcap
3 Helios
4 Cereal Killer
5 Had To Say
6 Lefthanded Compliment
7 New Tax Blues
8 Local Color
9 Space Time Blues
10 90
11 Mi Perro Esta Muerto
12 East of the Country
13 Theme from tha Movie
14 Boneless Chicken
15 Riff Rock

We’ve been listening and watching Jack Mazzenga’s work for some time now, so this was an eagerly anticipated album. Plus he had some friends along to help out, fretless guitarists Ned Evett and Neil Haverstick along with Mitch Goldman on trumpet and Joe Brown on Tenor Sax and Flute. All these guys get together on Cereal Killer, a real dynamite funk session. From the opening track Hydro, you get a real feel for what you are in for; tight instrumental performances, and the odd fun sound effect between tracks. Jack brings in a lot of genres leaning towards country and resurrecting surf / shadows on Helios.
Had To Say (the title track) is a much gentler sound, a love song for Maria Mezzenga. Jack delivers some very competant picking style on New Tax Blues, something you rarely hear done on fretless guitar. All the guests are brought on board for Space Time Blues, which features outstanding solos from Ned and Neil, all with a nice slow blues background, and a fine flute solo from Joe finishing off the track. Mi Perro Esta Muerto is, as you might guess, a sad country song, making you wonder why fretless guitars have not been picked up by country artists, an exception being Chet Atkins.
You can instantly hear Jack’s humour in the thirteenth track Theme from the Movie, but which movie? Its got hints of Spagetti Western peppering the sublime and ridiculous, wonderful. The album winds up with Riff Rock, full of cliches to put a big fat smile on your face.
This album is best played in the car with the roof off, or if you cannot find a low bridge, with windows rolled down.

Superb – go buy! at CD Baby
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Contact Jack Mazzenga – JackMazzengaMusic@gmail.com

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