Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Road Shows

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Road Shows

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Stan Kenton

The Four Freshmen

Road Shows

Tantara TCD-1130

The Stan Kenton Orchestra: Al Porcino, Ed Leddy, Sam Noto, Stu Williamson, Bobby Clark (tp) Bob Fitzpatrick, Kent Larsen, Gus Chappell, Ted Dechter (tb) Don Kelly (b-tb) Lennie Niehaus, Charlie Mariano (as) Bill Perkins, Dave Van Kriedt (ts) Dan Davidson (bs) Stan Kenton (p, ldr) Ralph Blaze (g) Max Bennett (b) Mel Lewis (d) Ann Richards (vcl). Surf Club, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, May 13, 1955

Stan Introduces the 1955 Band/Fearless Finlay/September Song/Love For Sale/My Heart Stood Still/Lullaby of Birdland (AR vcl) It Never Entered My Mind (AR vcl)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra: Sam Noto, Jules Chaikin, Bill Catalano, lee Katzman, Phil Gilbert (tp) Bob Fitzpatrick, Kent Larsen, Archie LeCoque, Jim Amlotte Don Reed (replaces Fitzpatrick in January) (tb) Kenny Shroyer (b-tb) Lennie Niehaus (as) Richie Kamuca, Bill Perkins (ts) Bill Robinson, Steve Perlow (bs) Stan Kenton (p, Idr) Red Kelly (b) Jerry McKenzie (d) Ann Richards (vcl) (out in January but back by March). Rendezvous Ballroom, Balboa Beach, CA, January-March 1958

Walking Shoes/Stella By Starlight/What's New/They Didn't Believe Me/l/ Intermission Riff//You Don't Know What Love Is (AR vcl)/Back In Your Own Backyard (AR vcl)

The Four Freshmen: Greg Stiegeman (vcl, flgh, tb, v-tb, arr) Mike Beisner (vcl, narration, tp, flgh, v-tb, arr) Kevin Stout (vcl, tb, g) Bob Ferreira (vcl, flgn) acc. by Rob van Kreeveld (p) Koos Serierse (b) Eric Ineke (d). Dick Reynolds, Pete Rugolo. Nick's Café, Laren, Holland, January 20, 1994

In This Whole Wide World/Recipe For Making Love/Angel Eyes/ Poinciana/Route 66/Unforgettable/It's A Blue World. TT 77:55

Tantara has come up with a very interesting combination of Stan Kenton (1912-79) and Four Freshmen titles, all live and re-mastered fairly well. You've got two editions of the Kenton orchestras, with the 1955 edition having Blaze (g) and Lewis (d) just a little more agile and tighter than the 1958 band. And the Four Freshman sides are all excellent, even though their Dutch pianist plays cocktails trills at every opportunity. The 1958 sides, recorded at the Rendezvous, must have generated some nostalgia for Stan as that is where he first gained notice in 1941.

The titles by the 1955 Band are an interesting mixed bag: a narrative by Kenton, in that marvelous voice, that introduces the band members; Fearless Finlay, a tune loved by the band, but played a little muddy here, although the solos come through and Mel Lewis is cooking; September Song, always a treat, with the bandsmen singing the lyrics as Max Bennett's bass, prominent throughout, keeps time and provides melodic support - the tune ends with muted brass and sighing reeds - perfect; Pete Rugolo's Love For Sale, always frantic and dramatic with sections shouting over the drumming of Lewis who puts on a seminar for drums at the end - Charlie Mariano (as) soars a bit; the lovely Rogers and Hart ballad, My Heart Stood Still, which features moments with Blaze's fine guitar and impressive solos by Kriedt (ts) and Noto (tp) and two vocals by Ann Richards (1935-82), who sings Lullaby of Birdland and It Never Entered My Mind. She joined the band in 1955 as a young new singer and her jazz voice was still in the making. Still, she does well on the two tunes, assisted by supportive solos from Perkins (ts) and Chappell (tb). …

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