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Stan Kenton: Sophisticated Approach

Read "Sophisticated Approach" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Sophisticated Approach is a reissue of eighteen iconic ballad arrangements by Stan Kenton, originally recorded in 1961 with his unique and controversial four-piece mellophonium horn section. The ballroom circuit was the life-blood of the Kenton Mellophonium Orchestra in the late '50s and early '60s, and this album, arranged by Lennie Niehaus, was intended as an addition ...

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Stan Kenton: Sophisticated Approach

Read "Sophisticated Approach" reviewed by Chris May

The Donald Rumsfeld of American big band jazz in the 1940s and 1950s, Stan Kenton didn't so much embrace his audiences as shock-n-awe them into submission with relentless carpet bombing. Kenton's monstrous orchestras--the most overblown being the 43-piece Innovations In Modern Music outfit of the early 1950s--specialised in heavy-footed, portentous, screaming brass performances which left zero ...


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