Live at Newport: 1959, 1963, 1971

Live at Newport: 1959, 1963, 1971

by Stan Kenton
     
 

The three editions of the Stan Kenton Orchestra represented on this triple-disc set are amazingly consistent, considering that a dozen years separates the first from the third shows. The 1959 Newport performance is worth the price of the set by itself, a high-quality, high-fidelity recording of the KentonSee more details below

Overview

The three editions of the Stan Kenton Orchestra represented on this triple-disc set are amazingly consistent, considering that a dozen years separates the first from the third shows. The 1959 Newport performance is worth the price of the set by itself, a high-quality, high-fidelity recording of the Kenton band ripping through its repertory of that period in superb style, tight and bristling with collective virtuosity, all on display in a bracing performance across 48 minutes, with just the right level of audience presence for the listener. Highlights include solos by Jimmy Knepper, Rolf Ericson, Bill Trujillo, Charlie Mariano, and Mike Pacheco. The 1963 performance, from Kenton's mellophonium period, offers a very different sound, and a much more cerebral, introspective brand of jazz, equally well executed here and, again, in glistening fidelity, with solos by Kenton, Cannonball Adderley, Charlie Mariano, Gabe Baltazar, and Jiggs Whigham, among others. The 1971 set doesn't include Kenton, who was recovering from surgery, but the orchestra rises to the occasion and then some -- almost to prove their mettle (they'd been away from Newport for a long time), they seem to be putting out 110-percent of their capabilities, in terms of speed and the sheer number of notes spinning out. The whole box is fantastic stuff for fans of big-band jazz, and the 1971 set has enough progressive wrinkles in Hank Levy's arrangements that they could have had a shot at cross-over potential, if they'd wanted to go that route.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/22/2000
Label:
Jasmine Music
UPC:
0604988030020
catalogNumber:
13

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Theme and Variations
  2. Kingfish
  3. Artistry in Rhythm
  4. The Big Chase
  5. Stella by Starlight
  6. It's All Right With Me
  7. Intermission Riff
  8. Mexican Jumping Bean
  9. My Old Flame
  10. La Suerte de los Tontos (Fortune of Fools)

Disc 2

  1. Waltz of the Prophets
  2. Artistry in Rhythm
  3. Turtle Talk
  4. Stairway to the Stars
  5. Intermission Riff
  6. My Funny Valentine
  7. Stompin' at the Savoy
  8. The Blues Story
  9. It's a Big Wide Wonderful World
  10. Sleepy Lagoon
  11. Day Dream
  12. You're the Top
  13. Malagueña

Disc 3

  1. Introduction
  2. Maria
  3. Hank's Opener
  4. Theme From "Love Story"
  5. Macumba Suite: Twilight in the Favelas/Procession to the Terreiro/Omu
  6. Malaga

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stan Kenton   Primary Artist,Piano,Soloist
Cannonball Adderley   Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Jimmy Knepper   Trombone,Soloist
Charlie Mariano   Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Jiggs Whigham   Trombone,Soloist
Gabe Baltazar   Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Steve Marcus   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Mike Pacheco   Soloist,Latin Percussion
John Von Ohlen   Drums
Mike Vax   Trumpet
Bob Curnow   Trombone
Paul Adamson   Trumpet
Jim Amlotte   Bass Trombone
Dee Barton   Drums
Bob Behrendt   Trumpet
John Bonnie   Tenor Saxophone
Bud Brisbois   Trumpet
Bill Chase   Trumpet
Quinn Davis   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Graham Ellis   Tuba,Bass Trombone
Rolf Ericson   Trumpet,Soloist
Bob Faust   Mellophonium
Marvin Holladay   Baritone Saxophone,Soloist
Dave Horton   Mellophonium
Frank Huggins   Trumpet
Mike Jamieson   Trombone
Joel Kaye   Baritone Saxophone,Bass Saxophone
Ron Keller   Trumpet
Bobby Knight   Bass,Trombone
Kent Larsen   Trombone,Soloist
Archie LeCoque   Trombone
Roger Middleton   Trumpet
Jack Nimitz   Baritone Saxophone
Dennis Noday   Trumpet
Dick Shearer   Trombone
Carson Smith   Bass
Chris Swansen   Trombone
Gary L. Todd   Bass
Richard Torres   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Bill Trujillo   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Archie Wheeler   Baritone Saxophone
Dave Wheeler   Tuba,Bass Trombone
John Worster   Bass,Soloist
Chuck Carter   Flute,Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Gary Slavo   Trumpet
Bob Crull   Mellophonium
Kim Frizell   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Joe Marcinkiewicz   Trumpet
Gary Pack   Trumpet
Tony Scodwell   Mellophonium
Jean Turner   Vocals
Ray Florian   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Campbell   Soloist
Ronnie Ossa   Trumpet
Ramon Lopez   Conga
Mike Wallace   Bass Trombone

Technical Credits

Bill Holman   Arranger
Stan Kenton   Direction
Lennie Niehaus   Arranger
Gene Roland   Arranger
Dee Barton   Arranger
Tony Cox   Concept,Annotation
Marty Paich   Arranger
Roland   Composer

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