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Going Places

Label: Tantara
Released: 2021
Track listing: Going Places Arumana, Perfect Pizza, Tchoupitoulas, Timpanogos Snowfall, Muito Obrigado, Cole Portal, Precipice of Eternity, Escarlatta, The Twilight Train, Tio Timoteo.


Article: Album Review

Q'd Up: Going Places

Read "Going Places" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Q'd Up is a quintet comprising faculty members at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. The group's latest album, Going Places, marks the end of an era, as two of its longest-serving members—multi-instrumentalist Ray Smith and pianist Steve Lindeman--are indeed “going places." In other words, they are retiring and making their final recorded appearance with the ...


A Kenton Celebration

Label: Tantara
Released: 2016
Track listing: Disc 1 – Theme and Variations; Kingfish; My Old Flame; The Big Chase; Interlude; Love for Sale; Intermission Riff; This Is Always; The Peanut Vendor; Stella by Starlight; It’s All Right with Me; Frenesi; Artistry in Rhythm; Stan’s Closing Remarks. Disc 2 – You Go to My Head; Opus a la Kenton; Pepper Pot; You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me; June’s Bop; Hollywood Turmoil; Song for Trombone; Riffin’ Around; Opus 69; Blue Moon; September Song; Laura; April in Paris; Molshoaro; Weird Dreams; If I Had You; The Firebird Jumps; I’ll Never Be the Same; Sahara; Temptation.


Article: Album Review

Stan Kenton Orchestra / BYU Synthesis Big Band: A Kenton Celebration

Read "A Kenton Celebration" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Fasten your seat belts, Kenton fans. Just when you feared the once-overflowing wellspring of material from the Stan Kenton Orchestra's archives may have run dry, along comes Tantara Productions with this jet-propelled and emphatically pleasurable two-disc set, the first half of which reclaims a long-lost concert date recorded in February 1959 at Brigham Young University, a ...


Kenton Roars! At the Golden Lion

Label: Tantara
Released: 2014
Track listing: Artistry in Rhythm; Reuben’s Blues; Sodomy; A Little Minor Booze; Tico Tico; Tonight; Dance; Malaguena; My Foolish Heart; Taboo Montuna; Granada.


Article: Album Review

Stan Kenton Orchestra: Kenton Roars! At the Golden Lion

Read "Kenton Roars! At the Golden Lion" reviewed by Jack Bowers

1969 was a year of transition for Stan Kenton and his orchestra, one in which Kenton's long-term contract with Capitol Records was ended, which led in turn to the establishment of his own label, Creative World. The orchestra itself remained active, motoring back and forth to one-night stands and brief engagements in various locales. What it ...


Stan Kenton: Road Shows

Label: Tantara
Released: 2013
Track listing: Walking Shoes; Stella by Starlight; What’s New; They Didn’t Believe Me; My Heart Stood Still; In This Whole Wide World; Recipe for Making Love; Angel Eyes; Poinciana; Route 66; Unforgettable; It’s a Blue World; Intermission Riff; Stan Introduces 1955 Band; Lullaby of Birdland; It Never Entered My Mind; You Don’t Know What Love Is; Back in Your Own Backyard; Fearless Finlay; September Song; Love for Sale.


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 ...


Cool Hot & Swingin'

Label: Tantara
Released: 2007
Track listing: The Opener; My Funny Valentine; What


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