Magazine article IAJRC Journal

The Kenton Era

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

The Kenton Era

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Stan Kenton Orchestras that included: Stan Kenton (ldr, arr) Maynard Ferguson, Conte Condoli, Stu Williamson, Chico Alvarez, Ray Wetzel, Buddy Childers (tp) Shorty Rogers, Gene Roland (tp, arr) Kai Winding, Frank Rosolino, George Roberts, Bill Russo, Harry Betts, Fred Zito, Milt Bernhart (tb) Stan Getz, Art Pepper, Bob Cooper, Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca, Lee Konitz, Vido Musso, Lennie Niehaus, Bud Shank, Red Dorris, Zoot Sims, Boots Mussulli (sax) Bud Shank (fl, sax) Laurindo Almeida, Barry Galbraith, Sal Salvador (g) Howard Rumsey, Eddie Safranski (b) Shelly Manne, Stan Levey, Irv Kluger (d) Pete Rugolo, Chico O'Farrill, Bob Graettinger, Johnny Richards (arr) Anita O'Day, Chris Conner, Gene Howard, June Christy, The Pastels (vcl). Balboa CA, Hollywood CA, Pasadena CA, New York NY, Ithaca NY, Chicago IL, Paris, September 1, 1941 to September 18, 1953.

CD One: The Prologue/Artistry in Rhythm /Two Moods/Etude for Saxophones/I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good/Lamento Gitano/Reed Rapture/La Cumparsita/St. James Infirmary/ Arkansas Traveler/Artistry in Rhythm [Closing Theme]/Russian Lullaby/ I Lost My Sugar in Salt Lake City/Opus a Dollar Three Eighty/I Know That You Know/I'm Going Mad for a Pad/Ol' Man River/I'll Remember April/Liza/One Twenty/ Body and Soul/Tea for Two/I Never Thought I'd Sing the Blues/I've Got the World on a String/Everybody Swing. TT 78:25

CD Two: You May Not Love Me/More Than You Know/ Artistry in Harlem Swing/If I Could Be with You/By the River St. Marie/Sophisticated Lady/Interlude/Over the Rainbow/ Machito/Elegy for Alto/In Veradero/Amazonia/Salute/Coop's Solo/Ennui Samana/Swing House/You Go to My Head/Baa-Too-Kee/Stella by Starlight/Bill's Blues

Modern Opus/Zoot/Epilogue/Artistry in Rhythm [Closing Theme]. TT 76:31

Many of us Stan Kenton (1912-1979) fans couldn't understand why some jazz label didn't reissue the marvelous 1955 4-LP box The Kenton Era! But now Sounds of Yesteryear (SOY) has come to our rescue and released a 2 CD package that contains all the original recordings. I have a tiny regret that they couldn't replicate the beautiful, photo laden, and informative LP size brochure (it's just too big) that came with the initial release, but they did extract the important data - song titles, composers, place and date of recordings, band personnel, soloists, and time for each cut - for their insert.

Kenton's music was either loved or hated by jazz enthusiasts - there was no middle ground. The band could be overwhelming with its screaming brass, provocative rhythms, and convoluted arrangements, poking into dark corners. But for those of us who loved the music, the many outstanding performances overrode any negative aspects. The late Whitney Balliett, one of jazz's premier writers, was not a Kenton fan but addressed this album: "Kenton says in the epilogue to a recent album called The Kenton Era that 'it is too early yet to attempt to ascertain whether our efforts over the years have contributed to the development of the world's music." It isn't, of course, for - as is apparent in this album - his music has come just about full circle. Indeed, it deserves a prominent place in that fascinating museum where curiosities of music are stored. …

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