Labor of Love

Labor of Love

by Chicago Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra
     
 

Chicago Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra leader Lenny King makes no bones about it. He looks to Stan Kenton and Kenton's great arrangers for his big-band music. The group plays in the style of Kenton not in imitation, but more in admiration. This session featuresSee more details below

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Chicago Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra leader Lenny King makes no bones about it. He looks to Stan Kenton and Kenton's great arrangers for his big-band music. The group plays in the style of Kenton not in imitation, but more in admiration. This session features arrangements by Bill Holman, Gene Roland, Willie Maiden, Marty Paich, and Lennie Niehaus. It also includes good orchestrations by members of the band, like trumpeter Kirk Garrison. Whatever they are performing, the CMJO specializes in the same tight, disciplined ensemble work -- listen to "Just Friends," featuring those high-flying solos that were standard with Kenton's various aggregations. The session kicks off with the comparatively calm Gene Roland number "Reuben's Blues," with a bass intro by Anthony Brock and catchy solos by Garrison on trumpet and Frank Catalano on tenor sax. Matters pick up speed rather quickly after that. "Samba Da Yo" takes the listener into the realm of Latin rhythms with co-composers Catalano on tenor and Hary Kozlowski on trombone taking turns at center stage. "Send in the Clowns" recalls those Kenton arrangements that some call pretentious and others deem classic. But no one can deny the brilliance of Garrison's Maynard Ferguson-like trumpet on this piece. Kenton's penchant for solemn arrangements is heard on a haunting rendition of "My Old Flame," with Bryan Murray's tender tenor competing with blaring brass. One of the more elaborate of Kenton's recordings was Bill Holman's arrangement of "Malaguena." The CMJO's performance of this arrangement is as heart-stopping as the original. Lenny King's wife Joni King sings on "When Sunny Gets Blue," and a nice, upbeat but not frantic "All of Me" adds a needed calm and relaxed touch to the session. All of the members of this aggregation are well-experienced in big-band work as performers, in academic settings, or both. Several are also members of another fine Chicago large ensemble, Bill O'Connell & the Chicago Skyliner Big Band. While some of the arrangements are a bit long in the tooth, their performances by the CMJO are fresh, dazzling, and exiting. Labor of Love will surfeit the appetites of Kenton and jazz orchestra fans alike. Highly recommended.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/08/2000
Label:
Lakeshore Jazz
UPC:
0641555960922
catalogNumber:
609
Rank:
371533

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chicago Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra   Primary Artist
Anthony Brock   Bass,Rhythm
Michael Joyce   Trombone
Lenny King   Leader
Jim Peterson   Trumpet
Kirk Garrison   Trumpet
Mark Corey   Trombone
Michael Fiala   Drums,Rhythm
Frank Catalano   Tenor Saxophone
Bryan Murray   Tenor Saxophone
Jerry Steinhilber   Rhythm,Latin Percussion
Randy Kulik   Trumpet
Ken Kistner   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Keeler   Rhythm,Latin Percussion
Hary Kozlowski   Trombone
Kent Lawson   Baritone Saxophone
John McAllister   Tuba,Bass Trombone
Chris Sarlas   Alto Saxophone
Gary Parker   Alto Saxophone
Ben Clark   Trumpet
Mike Flack   Piano,Rhythm
Nate Walcott   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Ernesto Lecuona   Composer
Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Bill Holman   Arranger
Don Menza   Arranger
Lennie Niehaus   Arranger
Johnny Green   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Marty Paich   Arranger
Luciano Salvatore   Composer
Kirk Garrison   Arranger
Dave Barduhn   Arranger
Seymour Simons   Composer
Gerald Marks   Composer
Ken Kistner   Producer
John Larson   Engineer,Mastering
John Kornegay   Arranger
John Burnett   Liner Notes
Tom Matta   Arranger
Roland   Composer

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