Woody Herman disbanded the Second Herd in 1949 and, while Stan Kenton and Duke Ellington managed to keep a big band on the road through the 1950s, Count Basie disbanded his band at the start of the decade but assembled a new one in a few years. Generally this was a tough period for large ensembles. This, however, didn't dampen the urge for musicians and composers to hear music in large forms and find ways to make it real. In this hour we will survey the 1950s contributions of Stan Kenton and his orchestra, Count Basie and his New Testament Band, Duke Ellington at Newport, Gil Evans studio band, Quincy Jones and the adventurous Dectet of Teddy Charles.
Host Intro 0:00
Stan Kenton & His Orchestra. "Halls of Brass" from Stan Kenton Presents (Capitol) 4:13
Host speaks 7:51
Count Basie Orchestra. "Li'l Darlin'" from The Atomic Mr. Basie (Roulette) 9:53
Host speaks 14:40
Duke Ellington Orchestra. "Diminuendo In Blue And Crescendo In Blue" from Ellington at Newport 1956 (Columbia) 17:36
Host speaks 32:25
Gil Evans Orchestra. "King Porter Stomp" from The Norton Jazz Recordings (Norton) 33:55
Host speaks 37:12
Quincy Jones and his Orchestra. "Stockholm Sweetnin'" from This Is How I Feel About Jazz (ABC-Paramount) 39:27
Host speaks 45:06
Teddy Charles Tentet. "Nature Boy" from The Teddy Charles Tentet (Atlantic) 46:21
Teddy Charles Tentet. "Lydian M-1" from The Teddy Charles Tentet (Atlantic) 52:48
Rhythm Abstraction: Azure is the first volume of new compositions created as a follow up to 2018’s
release Rhythm Kaleidoscope. As with that release, Brock Avery improvised drum and percussion
solos. Frank Macchia then composed music for woodwinds and orchestra to Brock’s creations. Azure
is the first of three extended play albums of 6-7 compositions which will be released starting in
January and followed up in April and July. In Azure we have a created a group of pieces that continue
our quest for honoring the art of improvisation with a “stream-of-consciousness” sense of
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