Cuban Fire!

Cuban Fire!

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by Stan Kenton
     
 

In 1956, with the big-band era long dead but the mambo era at full bloom, Stan Kenton and his grandiose 22-piece orchestra, augmented by a five-man Latin percussion section, recorded the bursting-at-the-seams CUBAN FIRE: a six-part suite written and arranged by Johnny Richards. Sounding like the score for some unfilmed wide-screen epic, the album remains a Kenton high…  See more details below

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In 1956, with the big-band era long dead but the mambo era at full bloom, Stan Kenton and his grandiose 22-piece orchestra, augmented by a five-man Latin percussion section, recorded the bursting-at-the-seams CUBAN FIRE: a six-part suite written and arranged by Johnny Richards. Sounding like the score for some unfilmed wide-screen epic, the album remains a Kenton high point. One of Kenton's best bands -- Lucky Thompson, Bill Perkins, Carl Fontana, Lennie Niehaus, and Mel Lewis are among the first-rate musicians -- play Richards's complex charts with brio, as the percussion section (dressed out with a sixth man on tympani for extra oomph) snaps, crackles, and pops.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This CD contains one of the classic Stan Kenton albums, a six-part suite composed and arranged by Johnny Richards. The Kenton orchestra was expanded to 27 pieces for these dates including six percussionists, two French horns and six trumpets. With such soloists as tenor-great Lucky Thompson (on "Fuego Cubano,") trombonist Carl Fontana, altoist Lennie Niehaus, Bill Perkins on tenor and trumpeters Sam Noto and Vinnie Tanno, and plenty of raging ensembles, this is one of Stan Kenton's more memorable concept albums of the 1950s.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/04/1991
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0077779626021
catalogNumber:
96260

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stan Kenton   Primary Artist,Piano,Bandleader
Curtis Counce   Bass
Mel Lewis   Drums
Bill Perkins   Tenor Saxophone
Lucky Thompson   Tenor Saxophone
Julius Watkins   French Horn
Gabe Baltazar   Alto Saxophone
Sam Donahue   Tenor Saxophone
Carl Fontana   Trombone
Lee Katzman   Trumpet
Sam Noto   Trumpet
Lennie Niehaus   Alto Saxophone
Gene Roland   Mellophonium
Roger Mozian   Claves
Willie Rodriguez   Banjo,Bongos
George Acevedo   Conductor,Conga
Jim Amlotte   Trombone,Bass Trombone
John Audino   Trumpet
Bud Brisbois   Trumpet
Joe Burnett   Mellophonium
Dwight Carver   Mellophonium
Pete Chivily   Bass
Wayne Dunstan   Baritone Saxophone
Bob Fitzpatrick   Trombone
Phil Gilbert   Trumpet
Sol Gubin   Timpani
Marvin Holladay   Baritone Saxophone
Bobby Knight   Trombone,Bass Trombone
Kent Larsen   Trombone
Ed Leddy   Trumpet
Tommy Lopez   Conga
Jay McAllister   Tuba
Albert Pollan   Tuba
Paul Renzi   Tenor Saxophone
Bob Rolfe   Trumpet
Billy Root   Baritone Saxophone
Irving Rosenthal   French Horn
Dalton Smith   Trumpet
Vinnie Tanno   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Dick Hyde   Trombone
Art Anton   Drums
Ralph Blaze   Guitar
Don Kelly   Trombone
George Laguna   Timbales
Rommy Lopez   Conductor
Ray Sikora   Trombone
Mario Alvarez   Maracas
Wayne Dunston   Bass Saxophone
George Gaber   Timpani
Steve Hoffsteter   Trumpet
Bill Horan   Mellophonium
Mattaliano   Trumpet
Tom Wirtel   Mellophonium
Steve Huffsteter   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Ted Daryll   Producer,Liner Notes

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Cuban Fire! 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
CubanJesabel More than 1 year ago
You can almost feel the dark, musty atmosphere of a low-lit cabaret and picture red-hot stiletto heels strutting across the floor as you listen to these tunes! Slaves to the rhythm, beware! This is not the stuff for amateurs- but listen and learn to burn.