Manzel Midnight Theme
With every unearthing of a “lost” record, it seems less likely that a true masterpiece […]
With every unearthing of a “lost” record, it seems less likely that a true masterpiece is still waiting to be found. It is, then, a special event when a much-mythologized classic comes to light, as Kenny Dope has done with Manzel’s Midnight Theme. Already familiar to the masses as a heavily sampled record, Dope and partner the Undercover Brother re-edited this paragon. Clearly a studio project, Manzel forgoes a “band” sound in sake of crystalline production and solos whose existence seems to be that of an arrangement enabler. Sharing in similar rhythmic and structural concepts as Herbie Hancock’s Man Child (not to mention an almost identical keyboard set up) Midnight Theme relies less on virtuosic performance than killer dance floor sensibilities.