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Stan Kenton

Stanley Newcomb Kenton (December 15, 1911 - August 25, 1979) led a highly innovative, influential, and often controversial American jazz orchestra. In later years he was widely active as an educator. Stan Kenton was born in Wichita, Kansas, and raised first in Colorado and then in California. He learned piano as a child, and while still a teenager toured with various bands. In June 1941 he formed his own band, which developed into one of the best-known West Coast ensembles of the Forties. Kenton's musical aggregations were decidedly “orchestras.” Sometimes consisting of two dozen or more musicians at once, they produced an unmistakable Kenton sound--as recognizable as that of the bands of Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, or Count Basie

Concert Impressions

Label: Tantara Productions
Released: 2020
Track listing: Disc 1 — Fringe Benefit; Artistry in Percussion; Chiapas; Malaga; Fragments of a Portrait; The Daily Dance; Body and Soul; Too Shy to Say; Ramon Lopez; Send in the Clowns; Inner Crisis. Disc 2 — Malaguena; Interlude; Fuego Cubano; Requerdos; La Suerte de los Tontos; Salute; Valentine Blue; The Peanut Vendor; Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra; Art Pepper; Artistry in Rhythm.

A Kenton Trilogy, Part 2 / The Sound of Jazz

Label: Sounds of Yesteryear
Released: 2020
Track listing: Act I: Lee — Theme Into Solo for Alto; You Go to My Head; Lover Man; In Lighter Vein. Act II: Pepper — My Funny Valentine; Kingfish; I Concentrate on You; Swing House. Act III: Ann — Black Coffee; The Thrill Is Gone; Imagination; Back in Your Own Backyard; Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me. Act IV: Ray — Stan Speaks About Ray Starling; Four of a Kind; Genghis Kahn; Little Boy Blew; Patterns; Mellophobia; Misty.

A Kenton Trilogy, Part 1: Dance Time

Label: Sounds of Yesteryear
Released: 2020
Track listing: Theme and Introduction; Opus in Chartreuse; Under a Blanket of Blue; Spring Is Here; Intermission Riff; Imagination; Stompin’ at the Savoy; Theme and Introduction; Baubles, Bangles and Beads; Young and Foolish; Lullaby of Broadway; So in Love; All of You; Street of Dreams; You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To; The Night We Called It a Day; Artistry in Rhythm / Sign Off; Theme and Introduction; Laura; They Didn’t Believe Me; Cha Cha Sombrero; Begin the Beguine; When I Fall in Love; Theme and Sign Off.

CTI Records: Ten Tasty Albums With No Added Sugar (Almost)

Read "CTI Records: Ten Tasty Albums  With No Added Sugar (Almost)" reviewed by Chris May

Few jazz producers divide opinion as much as Creed Taylor. He is a hero to many and a villain to as many more. His fans love him for his high production values. His detractors accuse him of dumbing jazz down with excessively sweetened orchestrations and other sales-oriented compromises. Nowhere is the dispute more heated than over ...

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Marvin Stamm: Team Player

Read "Marvin Stamm: Team Player" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Trumpeter Marvin Stamm is known for being part of a gazillion albums, having that ability to go into a studio and play exactly what's required, whether it's for a records by pop singers, jazz artists, Paul McCartney, Donny Hathaway or touring with Frank Sinatra. It's a reputation the highly skilled player earned with hard work.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Daniel Hersog Jazz Orchestra: Night Devoid of Stars

Read "Night Devoid of Stars" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Daniel Hersog is a Canadian trumpet player and composer, here presenting his first big band album, a set of sweeping and progressive orchestral jazz which reflects the current state of the world with shifting moods of unease and cautious optimism. Hersog has a expansive style of writing that draws as much from classical music ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Carl Saunders: Jazz Trumpet

Read "Jazz Trumpet" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Septuagenarian trumpeter Carl Saunders, whose horn served and enhanced the music of Stan Kenton, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and numerous other icons, has been a steady presence on the Summit Records imprint. Whether exploring rare Bill Holman charts or crafting a program with a patriotic shine, acting as a featured guest with the Gary Urwin Jazz ...

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10 tracks: Niehaus and Brass

10 tracks: Niehaus and Brass

With the recent passing of alto saxophonist and arranger-composer Lennie Niehaus, I spent yesterday listening to his Stan Kenton and sideman sessions and arrangements. During this period, Lennie used a wonderful device on up-tempo arrangements, opening with a heavy, dark riff and then cutting the cord and letting the song float into bright swing. On ballads, ...

ARTICLE: REASSESSING

For Those Who Chant

Read "For Those Who Chant" reviewed by Peter J. Hoetjes

Luis Gasca was one of the hottest trumpet players in California during the 1970s, recording a handful of albums fueled by the drugs, the culture, and the excitement of that time and place. Though they all featured large ensembles, only one of them allowed some of the era's most legendary musicians to blur the lines separating ...


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