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Ray Wetzel

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Roots

Label: Submarine Records
Released: 2024
Track listing: January 14, 1944—Introduction: Artistry in Rhythm; Begin the Beguine; Do Nothin’ Till You Hear from Me; Eager Beaver; Shoo Shoo Baby; Ol’ Man River; I’ll Be Around; Reed Rapture; The Goon Came On; Harlem Folk Dance; Sign Off: Eager Beaver. September 20, 1945— Introduction: Artistry in Rhythm; Blue Skies; And There You Are; Tampico; I Surrender Dear; Southern Scandal; It’s Been a Long, Long Time; The Man I Love; I Wish I Knew; Reed Rapture; Sign Off: Artistry in Rhythm. November 1945—Theme: Artistry Jumps; I Can’t Get Started; Tampico; Body and Soul/Sign Off. Bonus track: October 15, 1945—I Don’t Want to Be Loved.

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Stan Kenton and His Orchestra: Roots

Read "Roots" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Roots is a most appropriate title for this series of concerts by the Stan Kenton Orchestra recorded in 1944-45 on behalf of the Armed Forces Radio Service. While the sessions do include a handful of staples from the Kenton book ("Eager Beaver," “Reed Rapture," “Tampico," the well-known “Artistry in Rhythm" theme), it's clear that Kenton and ...

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Stan Kenton and His Orchestra: A Kenton Trilogy, Part 1: Dance Time

Read "A Kenton Trilogy, Part 1: Dance Time" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Better late than never. Having already appraised Part 2 of Sounds of Yesteryear's three-part salute to the Stan Kenton Orchestra, it seemed only proper that the same should be done (albeit out of order) for Part 1 (and Part 3 as well, whenever it is released). Unlike Part 2, which is devoted to the artistry of ...

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Stan Kenton Orchestra: Mellophonium Memoirs

Read "Mellophonium Memoirs" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Among bandleader Stan Kenton's many ensembles, surely none has given rise to as many differences of opinion--pro and con--as the Mellophonium Orchestra of the early 1960s. Audiences generally loved the warm and inviting sound of the mellophonium, residing in a nether region between trumpet and trombone; musicians, on the other hand--both those who played the mellophonium ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Stan Kenton: Road Shows

Read "Stan Kenton: Road Shows" reviewed by Jack Bowers


For younger readers: yes, there was a time long ago when large groups of talented jazz musicians traveled without respite from city to city and town to town, braving one-night stands or more night after night in (mostly) sold-out concert halls, dance halls, pavilions, nightclubs, schools and other venues. They were known as big bands, so ...

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Article: Big Band Caravan

Stan Kenton Orchestra - DePaul University Jazz Ensemble / Captain Black Big Band / Washington State University

Read "Stan Kenton Orchestra - DePaul University Jazz Ensemble / Captain Black Big Band / Washington State University" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Stan Kenton Orchestra / DePaul University Jazz EnsembleDouble Feature, Vol. 1Tantara Productions2010 Some of us are old enough to remember double features, but they were in movie theatres, not concert halls or recording studios, and, as memory serves, were never quite as enchanting or memorable as this ...

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Article: Big Band Caravan

Stan Kenton Alumni Band / Dave Lisik Orchestra / New Zealand School of Music Big Band

Read "Stan Kenton Alumni Band / Dave Lisik Orchestra / New Zealand School of Music Big Band" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Stan Kenton Alumni Band Have Band Will Travel Summit Records 2010 There was a time (often referred to as “the good old days") when the phrase Have Band Will Travel would have been commonplace, as popular touring bands traversed the country on an almost daily basis to brave ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Stan Kenton Alumni Band: Have Band, Will Travel (Live)

Read "Stan Kenton Alumni Band: Have Band, Will Travel (Live)" reviewed by Robert J. Robbins


Stan Kenton Alumni Band Have Band, Will Travel (Live) Summit Records 2010 For over two decades, trumpeter Mike Vax, a veteran of the 1970-72 Stan Kenton Orchestra, has been a tireless crusader maintaining the legacy of his erstwhile boss, who died at age 67 in 1979. Have Band, Will Travel ...

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Article: Album Review

Terry Vosbein and the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra: Progressive Jazz 2009

Read "Progressive Jazz 2009" reviewed by Robert J. Robbins


Over the last few years, Terry Vosbein, a Professor of Music at Washington and Lee University and a classically-trained composer of symphonies, operas, and chamber music (not to mention a former bassist with the Glenn Miller Orchestra), has been exhaustively researching the unrecorded scores from the Stan Kenton Collection at the University of North Texas. Now, ...


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