Have Band Will Travel

Have Band Will Travel

by The Stan Kenton Alumni Band
     
 
The Stan Kenton Alumni Band, directed by trumpeter Mike Vax, are not what you would call a ghost band rehashing a steady diet of dusty charts from decades ago, but a living tribute to the late bandleader/composer, who died in 1977. The material on this CD is drawn from recordings made during their 2009 tour, mixing elements of old and new

Overview

The Stan Kenton Alumni Band, directed by trumpeter Mike Vax, are not what you would call a ghost band rehashing a steady diet of dusty charts from decades ago, but a living tribute to the late bandleader/composer, who died in 1977. The material on this CD is drawn from recordings made during their 2009 tour, mixing elements of old and new arrangements, all played with enthusiasm and finesse. Starting off with "The New Intermission Riff," which alto saxophonist Kim Richmond based on Carl Fontana's trombone solo in the original "Intermission Riff" and expanded for the full band, the band crackles with energy. Veteran arranger Lennie Niehaus scored the standard "Long Ago and Far Away" in swinging fashion. Gerry Mulligan's "Swing House" isn't one of his better-known works, though this snappy miniature is an obvious highlight. The newer arrangements also merit praise. Scott Whitfield and Ginger Berglund share the vocals in Steve Allen's upbeat "This Could Be the Start of Something Big." Steve Huffsteter penned the infectious "Joint Tenancy" (an intricate reworking of the changes to "Alone Together") and shares the solo spotlight with fellow trumpeter Don Rader. "Crescent City Stomp" isn't something one would envision in Kenton's repertoire, but Eric Richard's progressive blend of blues, New Orleans rhythm, and fiery solos will get anyone on his or her feet. Beautifully recorded and performed, the Stan Kenton Alumni Band continue to build on the tradition of the late bandleader.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/09/2010
Label:
Summit(Classical)
UPC:
0099402535920
catalogNumber:
535

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stan Kenton Alumni Band   Primary Artist
Kim Richmond   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Soloist,Lead,Group Member
Alex Murzyn   Flute,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist,Group Member
Scott Whitfield   Trombone,Vocals,Soloist,Lead,Group Member
Mike Vax   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Leader,Soloist,Group Member
Gary Hobbs   Drums,Soloist,Group Member
Dale Devoe   Trombone,Lead,Group Member
Pete Gallio   Flute,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist,Group Member
Joel Kaye   Flute,Baritone Saxophone,Bass Saxophone,Soloist,Bass Flugelhorn,Group Member
Dennis Noday   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Lead,Group Member
Don Rader   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Soloist,Group Member
Kenny Shroyer   Bass Trombone,Group Member
Mike Suter   Tuba,Bass Trombone,Group Member
Roy Wiegand   Trombone,Soloist,Lead,Group Member
Keith Kaminski   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Soloist,Group Member
Steve Huffsteter   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Soloist,Group Member
Chris Symer   Bass,Soloist,Group Member
Ginger Berglund   Vocals,Group Member
Paul Von Adam   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Group Member
Liz Sesler-Beckman   Piano,Soloist,Group Member
Dee Huffsteter   Percussion,Latin Percussion,Group Member

Technical Credits

Steve Allen   Composer
Bob Florence   Arranger,Composer
Gerry Mulligan   Arranger,Composer
Kim Richmond   Arranger
Lennie Niehaus   Arranger
Johnny Richards   Arranger,Composer
Scott Whitfield   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist
Mike Vax   Director,Liner Notes
Bronislaw Kaper   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Paul Baker   Arranger,Composer
Dale Devoe   Arranger
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Joel Kaye   Arranger
Johnny Mandel   Composer
Steve Huffsteter   Arranger,Composer
Antonio de Vita   Composer
Ginger Berglund   Composer,Lyricist
Norm Tompach   Producer,Liner Notes
Eric Richards   Arranger,Composer
Tom Johnson   Engineer
L. Bernstein   Composer
Rich Woolworth   Arranger,Composer

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