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Stan Kenton

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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

Album

Artistry In Bossa Nova Deluxe Edition

Label: AprilFirst Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: CD1: Artistry In Rhythm; Opus In Chartreuse; Interlude; Kentonova; Eager Beaver; Concerto To End All Concertos; Brasilia; Painted In Rhythm: Opus In Pastels; Jump For Joe; Loca-Nova; Artistry In Bossa Nova. CD2: Soul Bossa Nova; Oompah Oompah Bossa Nova; Desafinado; Manha De Carnaval; Miss Piggy Goes To Rio; (Do The) Surf Rock Bossa Nova; Samba De Una Nota So; Lalo Bossa Nova; Serenata; Chega De Saudade; A Taste Of Honey.

Album

Concert on the Pacific

Label: Sounds of Yesteryear
Released: 2021
Track listing: Beyond the Blue Horizon; Love Letters; Begin the Beguine; Everything Happens to Me; High on a Windy Hill; What’s New; Two Shades of Autumn; Swing House; Walkin’ by the River; Love for Sale; I Should Care; It Never Entered My Mind; Old Devil Moon; I Remember You; Get Out of Town; Evening; Jump for Joe; Cherokee; Memories of You; I Concentrate on You.

News: Video / DVD

Three New Stan Kenton Videos

Three New Stan Kenton Videos

Cruising through YouTube yesterday, I noticed that three Stan Kenton Orchestra videos had gone up in recent weeks. The first was a short that was filmed in the spring of 1947 as a faux recording session for Capitol. In truth, the short was a showcase for five songs: . Artistry In Rhythm (the Kenton band's theme), ...

Article: Album Review

Tim Hagans - NDR Big Band: A Conversation

Read "A Conversation" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Il trombettista Tim Hagans collabora da un ventennio con la NDR Big Band, distinguendosi non solo in veste di solista ma anche come compositore, orchestratore e direttore d'orchestra. In questo quarto album con l'ensemble di Amburgo presenta il suo lavoro più ambizioso, sperimentando nuove strutture orchestrali in perfetto equilibrio tra modelli tradizionali e libere esplorazioni della ...

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Article: Album Review

The Saskatchewan All Star Big Band: Saskatchewan Suite

Read "Saskatchewan Suite" reviewed by Jack Bowers


On Saskatchewan Suite, composer/arranger Fred Stride and the twenty-member Saskatchewan All Star Big Band have combined to paint a luminous and colorful portrait of that western Canadian province, canvassing 150 years of its history in eight picturesque movements that describe in musical terms the land itself, its indigenous peoples, newcomers from Europe and elsewhere, its recognition ...

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Article: Album Review

Rodrigo Faina and Change Ensemble: Different Roots

Read "Different Roots" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This is not the usual large ensemble jazz recording. Instead of having instrumental groups play against each other, this music moves largely as a massed force with only sparing solo statements. It carries the gravity and weight of classical music and mixes in the harmonies and colors of jazz composers like Gil Evans and Kenny Wheeler ...

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Article: Interview

Franco Ambrosetti: Busy Businessman, Exquisite Artist

Read "Franco Ambrosetti: Busy Businessman, Exquisite Artist" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Franco Ambrosetti, a horn player from Switzerland, has a unique perspective on music and art. Because his vantage point is different than many musicians, having held the position as CEO of a significant company in Europe. He plays trumpet and flugelhorn with a rich tone and an approach that has matured over time, shifting from a ...

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Harry Allen: Tenor Saxophone In The Time of COVID

Read "Harry Allen: Tenor Saxophone In The Time of COVID" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to any number of keen improvisations, each manifesting from the necessity of having to “quarantine in place." Tenor saxophonist Harry Allen, the “Frank Sinatra" of his instrument, thinks way outside the box--recording within the friendly confines of his own living room, while under health crisis house arrest. Good for you, ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Tom Kennedy: Stories From Behind and Beyond The Bass

Read "Tom Kennedy: Stories From Behind and Beyond The Bass" reviewed by Jim Worsley


Tom Kennedy has never considered himself a prospector, but surely has tapped into a goldmine. As if releasing a hotshot new record wasn't enough, the world class jazz and fusion bassist is in compositional bliss with a bevy of new material yet to be recorded. Kennedy and I talk at length about his new writing technique ...


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