Etude for Saxophones, 1941-1942: The Complete MacGregor Transcriptions, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Volume two of Naxos Jazz's systematic reissue of the MacGregor radio transcriptions of Stan Kenton's early Balboa band takes listeners past Pearl Harbor into January 1942. At this early date, Kenton is still balancing the desires of the dancers with his urge to push big band writing forward, although the commercial side of the Kenton band book -- more ballads, more pale vocals -- plays a bigger role in this collection than in volume one. The selections here are almost totally unrepresented in Kenton's Decca/Capitol discography, including such unlikely detours as "Marvin's Mumble," with a central section brazenly modeled after "Sing Sing Sing" or a jumping, mildly ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Volume two of Naxos Jazz's systematic reissue of the MacGregor radio transcriptions of Stan Kenton's early Balboa band takes listeners past Pearl Harbor into January 1942. At this early date, Kenton is still balancing the desires of the dancers with his urge to push big band writing forward, although the commercial side of the Kenton band book -- more ballads, more pale vocals -- plays a bigger role in this collection than in volume one. The selections here are almost totally unrepresented in Kenton's Decca/Capitol discography, including such unlikely detours as "Marvin's Mumble," with a central section brazenly modeled after "Sing Sing Sing" or a jumping, mildly Kenton-ized treatment of "Arkansaw Traveler." As a composer, Kenton is beginning to reach the limitations of his patented close-blended, staccato saxophone choir; he and his future corps of arrangers would soon expand out of that box. The wild enthusiasm of the young, sunbathed southern California audience, perched there on the West Coast just before the Japanese planes struck across the Pacific, generates gobs of bright-eyed, prewar nostalgia. Again, the transfers are clean and undistorted, and this time the personnel is listed, whereas in volume one it was not.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/19/2002
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 636943251829
  • Catalog Number: 8120518

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Opening Theme (Artistry in Rhythm) (1:13)
  2. 2 Memphis Lament (3:06)
  3. 3 Trumpet Symphonette (2:24)
  4. 4 Love Turns Winter to Spring - Red Dorris (2:52)
  5. 5 Marvin's Mumble (2:26)
  6. 6 Arkansas Traveler (2:21)
  7. 7 Summer Idyll (3:13)
  8. 8 Congo Clambake (2:05)
  9. 9 Etude for Saxophones (3:15)
  10. 10 Let Her Go (1:46)
  11. 11 It Seems to Me (3:09)
  12. 12 Tempo Di Joe (2:53)
  13. 13 Cloud Across the Moon (2:17)
  14. 14 Mine (2:10)
  15. 15 Half a Heart - Red Dorris (3:03)
  16. 16 Prelude to Nothing (3:06)
  17. 17 Stop Your Teasin' (2:39)
  18. 18 If I Had Love (1:47)
  19. 19 Take Sixteen (1:32)
  20. 20 Hold Back the Dawn (3:25)
  21. 21 Shufflin' the Chords (2:24)
  22. 22 Quit Your Shovin' (2:01)
  23. 23 No Tears (2:48)
  24. 24 Blue Flare (1:35)
  25. 25 Closing Theme (Artistry in Rhythm) (0:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stan Kenton Primary Artist
Jimmy Lyons Announcer
Howard Rumsey Bass
Frank Beach Trumpet
Bob Gioga Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Chico Alvarez Trumpet
Harry Forbes Trombone
Red Dorris Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Al Costi Guitar
Bill Lahey Alto Saxophone
Dick Cole Trombone
Jack Ordean Alto Saxophone
Technical Credits
Stan Kenton & His Orchestra Composer
David Lennick Producer
Peter Dempsey Liner Notes
Ralph Yaw Arranger
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