Easy Go: The 1950-1952 Jazz Band

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
In the early 1950s, Stan Kenton had run a sizable deficit with his experimental Innovations Orchestra, plus he owed the Internal Revenue Service back taxes, so he needed an infusion of cash rather quickly. He chose to keep the dance band core of his group and entered the ballroom circuit, while also focusing on making more commercial records. But the period (1950-1952) covered in this compilation hardly represents an artistic compromise, as the charts produced by Kenton, Shorty Rogers, Pete Rugolo, Gene Roland, Johnny Richards, and Bill Russo have stood the test of the time, complemented by several outstanding soloists, including Art Pepper, Bud Shank, Maynard Ferguson, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
In the early 1950s, Stan Kenton had run a sizable deficit with his experimental Innovations Orchestra, plus he owed the Internal Revenue Service back taxes, so he needed an infusion of cash rather quickly. He chose to keep the dance band core of his group and entered the ballroom circuit, while also focusing on making more commercial records. But the period (1950-1952) covered in this compilation hardly represents an artistic compromise, as the charts produced by Kenton, Shorty Rogers, Pete Rugolo, Gene Roland, Johnny Richards, and Bill Russo have stood the test of the time, complemented by several outstanding soloists, including Art Pepper, Bud Shank, Maynard Ferguson, Conte Candoli, Bob Cooper, and Bill Holman. None of the tracks run much over three minutes, but the concise nature of the charts works in Kenton's favor. Stan Kenton's work has often been criticized as bombastic, but this is a truly swinging CD.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/23/2001
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 724352455324
  • Catalog Number: 24553

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Easy Go (3:09)
  2. 2 Love for Sale (3:14)
  3. 3 Viva Prado (3:19)
  4. 4 Something New (Sunset Tower) (2:56)
  5. 5 Theme for Alto (2:38)
  6. 6 Riff Rhapsody (3:15)
  7. 7 Dynaflow (3:08)
  8. 8 What's New? (3:13)
  9. 9 Jump for Joe (3:04)
  10. 10 Night Watch (2:42)
  11. 11 Francesca (2:44)
  12. 12 Soliloquy (2:46)
  13. 13 Lazy Daisy (2:50)
  14. 14 Mambo Rhapsody (2:33)
  15. 15 Riff Raff (3:10)
  16. 16 Stardust (2:57)
  17. 17 Bags and Baggage (3:06)
  18. 18 Bill's Blues (2:54)
  19. 19 Cool Eyes (3:25)
  20. 20 Beehive (3:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stan Kenton Primary Artist, Piano
Laurindo Almeida Guitar
Eddie Bert Trombone
Conte Candoli Trumpet
Frank Capp Drums
Buddy Childers Trumpet
Herbie Harper Trombone
Bill Holman Tenor Saxophone
Shelly Manne Drums
Art Pepper Alto Saxophone
Bud Shank Alto Saxophone
Don Bagley Bass
Pete Candoli Trumpet
John Graas French Horn
Lennie Niehaus Alto Saxophone
Bill Russo Trombone
Jack Millman Trumpet
Mike Pacheco Timbales
Shorty Rogers Trumpet
Herbie Steward Alto Saxophone
Milt Bernhart Trombone
Harry Betts Trombone
Bob Fitzpatrick Trombone
Bob Gioga Baritone Saxophone
John Howell Trumpet
Ruban McFall Trumpet
Dick Meldonian Alto Saxophone
Clyde Reasinger Trumpet
George Roberts Bass Trombone
Jimmy Salko Trumpet
Ray Wetzel Trumpet
Ralph Blaze Guitar
Lee Elliott Tenor Saxophone
Al Procino Trumpet
Johnny Halliburton Bass Trombone
Dick Kenney Trombone
Paul Weigand Bass Trombone
Don Dennis Trumpet
Bart Caldarell Tenor Saxophone
Harold Branch Trombone
Gerald Finch Trombone
Eddie Gomez Maracas
Technical Credits
Stan Kenton Arranger, Composer
Art Pepper Composer
Gene Roland Arranger
Pete Rugolo Arranger, Composer
Bill Russo Arranger
Johnny Richards Arranger, Composer
Shorty Rogers Arranger
Rube Bloom Composer
Michael Cuscuna Reissue Producer
Ron McMaster Mastering
Patrick Roques Cover Art
Michael Sparke Concept
Sherman Feller Composer
J. Garland Composer
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