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Stan Kenton: Salute!

Read "Salute!" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Stan Kenton, one of the most renowned and influential bandleaders of the twentieth century, died on August 25, 1979. Fortunately—for the sake of history in general and creative music in particular—Kenton's remarkable legacy lives on, and in a perceptive and open-minded world would endure forever. Even to this day, small but devoted groups of enthusiasts share a wish that some previously hidden array of his material might come to light, satisfiying for the moment their craving for more memorable music ...

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Stan Kenton and His Orchestra: In a Lighter Vein

Read "In a Lighter Vein" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Stan Kenton was a man of many moods, as was his intrepid and popular orchestra, which endured until his passing in August 1979 and whose renown is kept alive even today by the Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra. Kenton dons his carefree hat on In a Lighter Vein, an assortment of straight-ahead themes from the orchestra's jazz library, preserved in five concert performances from 1953-55 beneath the umbrella of NBC radio's All Star Parade of Bands. Original compositions ...

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Carl Fontana / Jiggs Whigham / The Stefan Karlsson Trio: Keepin' Up with the Boneses

Read "Keepin' Up with the Boneses" reviewed by Jack Bowers


This is the second album for TNC Jazz by trombone masters Carl Fontana and Jiggs Whigham with the Stefan Karlsson Trio, and like the first, Nice ‘n’ Easy (1997), it merits comment but is really beyond criticism except to note that there are one or two times when the rhythm section seems overly emphatic and that the earlier album’s playing time was more than sixteen minutes longer. Fontana, of course, is pretty much a known quantity, having been a high–profile ...


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