The Best of Stan Kenton [Capitol]

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Between 1943-1961, the Stan Kenton Orchestra paved the way for a progressive style of big-band jazz that marked a departure from previous groups. For many, they epitomized their generation of jazz music, with Duke Ellington's bands and an emerging Gil Evans being clear exceptions. As a centerpiece for the Capitol label, Kenton's hitmaking machine fired on all cylinders with tunes like "Artistry in Rhythm," "Intermission Riff," Latin-flavored tunes like "The Peanut Vendor," and Ernesto Lecouna's stunning "Malaguena." On this collection of 18 tracks 16 recorded monorally, with only two in stereo, you hear the composed, intricate, and involved side of Kenton and various ...
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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Between 1943-1961, the Stan Kenton Orchestra paved the way for a progressive style of big-band jazz that marked a departure from previous groups. For many, they epitomized their generation of jazz music, with Duke Ellington's bands and an emerging Gil Evans being clear exceptions. As a centerpiece for the Capitol label, Kenton's hitmaking machine fired on all cylinders with tunes like "Artistry in Rhythm," "Intermission Riff," Latin-flavored tunes like "The Peanut Vendor," and Ernesto Lecouna's stunning "Malaguena." On this collection of 18 tracks 16 recorded monorally, with only two in stereo, you hear the composed, intricate, and involved side of Kenton and various arrangers like Pete Rugolo, Bill Holman, and William Russo molded around outstanding young soloists Art Pepper, Lee Konitz, and Frank Rosolino. Though there is a ton of other Stan Kenton to be found, ranging from more standardized to more outgoing, this collection gives a listen to the centerpiece sound of the Kenton bands, and is easily recommended as a first CD of his to purchase.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/7/1995
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 724383150427
  • Catalog Number: 31504
  • Sales rank: 103,092

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stan Kenton Primary Artist, Piano, Bandleader
Laurindo Almeida Guitar
Eddie Bert Trombone
Conte Candoli Trumpet
Buddy Childers Trumpet
Bob Cooper Tenor Saxophone
Curtis Counce Bass
Bill Holman Tenor Saxophone
Richie Kamuca Tenor Saxophone
Lee Konitz Alto Saxophone
Mel Lewis Drums
Shelly Manne Drums
Charlie Mariano Alto Saxophone
Art Pepper Reeds, Alto Saxophone
Sal Salvador Guitar
Bud Shank Alto Saxophone
Marvin Stamm Flugelhorn
Lucky Thompson Tenor Saxophone
Don Bagley Bass
Gabe Baltazar Alto Saxophone
Sam Donahue Tenor Saxophone
Boots Mussulli Alto Saxophone
Ken Hanna Trumpet
Vido Musso Tenor Saxophone
Lennie Niehaus Alto Saxophone
Stu Williamson Trumpet
Buddy Arnold Tenor Saxophone
Roger Mozian Claves
Willie Rodriguez Bongos
Eddie Safranski Bass
Bob Ahern Guitar
Al Porcino Trumpet
Jim Amlotte Bass Trombone
Al Anthony Alto Saxophone
Dee Barton Trombone
Bob Behrendt Trumpet
Max Bennett Bass
Harry Betts Trombone
Allan Beutler Baritone Saxophone
Russ Burgher Trumpet
Dwight Carver Mellophonium
Ralph Collier Drums
Vinnie Dean Alto Saxophone
Bob Fitzpatrick Trombone
Karl George Trumpet
Bob Gioga Baritone Saxophone
Milt Kabak Trombone
Keith LaMotte Mellophonium
Tommy Lopez Conga
Bob Lymperis Trumpet
Jay McAllister Tuba
Ruban McFall Trumpet
Bud Parker Trombone
Paul Renzi Tenor Saxophone
George Roberts Bass Trombone
Bob Rolfe Trumpet
Billy Root Baritone Saxophone
Frank Rosolino Trombone
Irving Rosenthal French Horn
Carl Saunders Mellophonium
Jimmy Simms Trombone
Dalton Smith Trumpet
Ray Starling Mellophonium
Dave VanKriedt Tenor Saxophone
Bart Varsalona Bass Trombone
Carlos Vidal Conga
Ray Wetzel Trumpet
Dave Wheeler Trombone, Tuba
Kai Winding Trombone
Freddie Zito Trombone
Ralph Blaze Guitar
George Laguna Timbales
George Weidler Alto Saxophone
Mario Alvarez Marimbas
George Gaber Timpani
Al Mattaliano Trumpet
John Anderson Trumpet
Chico Alvarez Trumpet
Gus Chappell Trombone
Harry Forbes Trombone
Jerry Lestock McKenzie Drums
Bart Caldarell Tenor Saxophone
Keith Moon Trombone
Red Dorris Reeds, Tenor Saxophone
Jack Costanza Bongos
Dick Morse Trumpet
Eddie Meyers Reeds
Clyde Singleton Bass
Joe Vernon Drums
Morey Beeson Tenor Saxophone
George Faye Trombone
Jon Carroll Trumpet
Technical Credits
Bill Holman Arranger
Stan Kenton Arranger, Composer
Pete Rugolo Arranger, Composer
Bill Russo Composer
Johnny Richards Arranger
Willie Rodriguez Contributor
Dwight Carver Contributor
Keith LaMotte Contributor
Bob Russell Composer
Carl Saunders Contributor
Ray Starling Contributor
George Gaber Contributor
Franko Caligiuri Art Direction
Moisés Simóns Composer
L. Wolfe Gilbert Composer
Marion Sunshine Composer
Barton Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A must-have for Kenton fans, or Jazz fans

    This album has all of Stan Kenton's hits in the original versions. If you love the music of Stan Kenton or just love great Jazz or instrumentals, YOU NEED THIS ALBUM!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2012

    One of the greatest and most distinctive of the late big bands.

    One of the greatest and most distinctive of the late big bands. This CD has some of Kenton's best.

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