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Complete Capitol Studio Recordings of Stan Kenton 1943-1947

The Complete Capitol Studio Recordings of Stan Kenton 1943-1947

by Stan Kenton & His Orchestra
Seven discs of Stan Kenton? Well, the larger-than-life bandleader never did anything in a small way, so this voluminous presentation of just four years of his four-decade recording career seems somehow appropriate. Enormously popular in its time, if lately overlooked, the mid-to-late-40s edition of Kenton's band is now deserving of reexamination. First off:


Seven discs of Stan Kenton? Well, the larger-than-life bandleader never did anything in a small way, so this voluminous presentation of just four years of his four-decade recording career seems somehow appropriate. Enormously popular in its time, if lately overlooked, the mid-to-late-40s edition of Kenton's band is now deserving of reexamination. First off: The talent was there. Kenton's sound depended on the creative contributions of superior arrangers and composers, and in innovative figures like Pete Rugolo and Bob Graetinger, the '40s band was blessed. The soloists were also out in force: Saxophonists Art Pepper, Bob Cooper, Vido Musso; trombonist Kai Winding; guitarist Laurindo Almedia, and bassist Eddie Safranski were among the first-rate players drawn to this imposing ensemble. And then there were the singers. Anita O'Day and June Christy were two of the most popular vocalists of their day, both exemplars of cool jazz styling. Laden with the grand epics that characterized the band -- "Monotony," "Impressionism," "Elegy for Alto," "Thermopolae" and, of course, "The Concerto to End All Concertos" -- the set also includes the hits that brought the band a mass audience: "Artistry in Rhythm," "Tampico," "Intermission Riff," "The Peanut Vendor," and the Anita O'Day feature, "And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine." There's almost too much of a good thing here, but the ambition and fine-tuned execution of Kenton's ensembles remains stirring and, at its best, thrilling. A full recounting of Kenton's artistry will lead us deep into the next millennium, but this comprehensive set is a rewarding place to begin.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Documenting Stan Kenton's always controversial but never sleepy music, the seven-CD Complete Capitol Studio Recordings of Stan Kenton 1943-47 features the orchestra at a time when it was reaching its greatest popularity, evolving from using the artist's charts into the Pete Rugolo era. In addition to some unreleased tracks, there are also several rare sessions included that were recorded at the time strictly for radio airplay. Most of Kenton's biggest hits ("Artistry in Rhythm," "Eager Beaver," "And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine," "Tampico," "Southern Scandal," "Artistry Jumps," "Intermission Riff," "Across the Alley From the Alamo," and "The Peanut Vendor") are here, as are many concert works. A classic reissue.

Product Details

Release Date:
Blue Note Records


Disc 1

  1. Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me
  2. Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me
  3. Eager Beaver
  4. Eager Beaver
  5. Harlem Folk Dance
  6. Harlem Folk Dance
  7. Artistry in Rhythm
  8. How Many Hearts Have You Broken
  9. She's Funny That Way
  10. I'm Going Mad for a Pad
  11. And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine
  12. And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine
  13. Sweet Dreams, Sweetheart
  14. Gotta' Be Gettin'
  15. Say It Isn't So
  16. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
  17. Are You Livin', Old Man?
  18. Balboa Bash
  19. Ooh, What I Dreamed About You
  20. I Want a Grown-Up Man
  21. Travelin' Man
  22. Around the Town
  23. Tampico
  24. Southern Scandal

Disc 2

  1. Opus in Pastels
  2. It's Been a Long, Long Time
  3. Don't Let Me Dream
  4. Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin'
  5. Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin'
  6. Artistry Jumps
  7. Painted Rhythm
  8. Painted Rhythm
  9. Blue Music
  10. Body and Soul
  11. We'll Be Together Again
  12. Easy Street
  13. On the Sunny Side of the Street
  14. I Surrender, Dear
  15. Begin the Beguine
  16. Two Moose in a Caboose
  17. Solitude
  18. No Baby, Nobody But You
  19. Never Too Late to Pray
  20. Tea for Two
  21. One Twenty
  22. Don't Blame Me
  23. Intermission Riff

Disc 3

  1. It Ain't Necessarily So
  2. I Never Thought I'd Sing the Blues
  3. Artistry in Rhythm
  4. Artistry in Rhythm
  5. Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy
  6. I Been Down in Texas
  7. All the Time
  8. That's the Least You Can Do
  9. Intermission Riff
  10. Four Months, Three Weeks, Two Days, One Hour Blues
  11. Rika Jika Jack
  12. Rika Jika Jack
  13. Artistry in Boogie
  14. Come Back to Sorrento
  15. Who's Got a Tent for Rent
  16. I Got the Sun in the Morning
  17. Peg O' My Heart
  18. Come Rain or Come Shine
  19. They Say It's Wonderful
  20. I Don't Know Why (I Just Do)
  21. He's Funny That Way
  22. Lover
  23. Ain't No Misery in Me
  24. Artistry in Percussion

Disc 4

  1. Safranski (Artistry in Bass)
  2. Safranski (Artistry in Bass)
  3. Artistry in Bolero
  4. Until the Real Thing Comes Along
  5. I'm Yours
  6. Yesterdays
  7. I've Got the World on a String
  8. Ecuador
  9. End of the World
  10. More Than You Know
  11. Reed Rapture
  12. You May Not Love Me
  13. That's the Least You Can Do
  14. Sepulveda
  15. I'd Be Lost Without You
  16. Lover Man
  17. Scotch and Water
  18. Cocktails for Two
  19. Everybody Swing
  20. It's a Pity to Say Goodnight
  21. Willow Weep for Me
  22. Fantasy

Disc 5

  1. Concerto to End All Concertos, Pt. 1
  2. Concerto to End All Concertos, Pt. 2
  3. Collaboration
  4. Don't Want That Man Around
  5. Opus in Pastels
  6. Opus in Pastels
  7. His Feet's Too Big for de Bed
  8. After You
  9. Down in Chi-Hua-Hua
  10. Don't Want That Man Around
  11. Machito
  12. Collaboration
  13. Rhythm Incorporated, Pt. 1
  14. Rhythm Incorporated, Pt. 2
  15. There Is No Greater Love
  16. Across the Alley from the Alamo
  17. Collaboration
  18. How Am I to Know?
  19. The Spider and the Fly
  20. Minor Riff
  21. Machito
  22. Lover

Disc 6

  1. Monotony
  2. Interlude
  3. Artistry in Harlem Swing
  4. Please Be Kind
  5. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
  6. By the River Sainte Marie
  7. April in Paris
  8. Don't Worry 'Bout Me
  9. If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)
  10. Sophisticated Lady
  11. The Fatal Apple
  12. Elegy for Alto
  13. Soothe Me
  14. Chorale for Brass, Piano and Bongo (Prologue Suite, Second Movement)
  15. Curiosity
  16. Theme to the West
  17. Abstraction (Prologue, Suite, Third Movement)
  18. Fugue for Rhythm Section
  19. Monotony
  20. Unison Riff
  21. Lament
  22. Introduction to a Latin Rhythm (Prologue Suite- First Movement)

Disc 7

  1. Impressionism
  2. I Told Ya I Love Ya, Now Get Out
  3. He Was a Good Man as Good Men Go
  4. Cuban Carnival
  5. The Peanut Vendor
  6. Lonely Woman
  7. Thermopylae
  8. Metronome Riff
  9. Introduction to a Latin Rhythm (Prologue Suite- First Movement)
  10. Journey to Brazil (Prologue Suite, Fourth Movement-Finale)
  11. How High the Moon
  12. Harlem Holiday
  13. This Is My Theme
  14. Bongo Riff
  15. Somnambulism
  16. Interlude

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stan Kenton   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals,Bandleader,Soloist
June Christy   Vocals
Machito   Maracas
Laurindo Almeida   Guitar,Soloist
Billy Bauer   Guitar,Soloist
Eddie Bert   Trombone,Soloist
Buddy Childers   Trumpet,Soloist
Bob Cooper   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Buddy DeFranco   Clarinet,Soloist
Stan Getz   Tenor Saxophone
Dizzy Gillespie   Trumpet,Soloist
Bill Harris   Trombone,Soloist
Shelly Manne   Drums,Soloist
Art Pepper   Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Flip Phillips   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Buddy Rich   Drums,Soloist
Boots Mussulli   Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Ken Hanna   Trumpet
Dave Lambert   Vocals
Vido Musso   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Gene Roland   Trumpet
Pete Rugolo   Soloist
Metronome All-Stars   Musician
René Touzet   Maracas,Soloist
Anita O'Day   Drums,Vocals
Eddie Safranski   Bass,Soloist
Bob Ahern   Guitar
Porcino   Trumpet,Soloist
Andrew Anthony   Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Bill Atkinson   Trombone
Milt Bernhart   Trombone,Soloist
Harry Betts   Trombone
Russ Burgher   Trumpet
Nat King Cole   Piano,Soloist
Ralph Collier   Drums,Soloist
Jack Costanzo   Bongos,Soloist
Gene Englund   Bass
Karl George   Trumpet,Soloist
Bob Gioga   Baritone Saxophone
Gene Howard   Vocals
Milt Kabak   Trombone
Bob Lymperis   Trumpet
Jose Mangual   Timbales,cowbell
Frank Pappalardo   Alto Saxophone
Jesse Price   Drums
Jimmy Simms   Trombone,Soloist
Bart Varsalona   Bass,Trombone
Carlos Vidal   Conga
Max Wayne   Bass,Soloist
Ray Wetzel   Trumpet,Vocals,Soloist
Kai Winding   Trombone,Soloist
Freddie Zito   Trombone,Soloist
George Weidler   Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Skip Layton   Trombone,Soloist
John Anderson   Trumpet
Chico Alvarez   Trumpet,Soloist
Harry Forbes   Trombone
Dave Madden   Tenor Saxophone
Mel Green   Trumpet
Jim Falzone   Drums
Jerry Duane   Vocals
Bob "Dingbod" Kesterson   Bass
Miff Sines   Trombone
Ray Klein   Trombone
Warren Weidler   Tenor Saxophone
Bob Varney   Drums,Soloist
Red Dorris   Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Soloist
Chet Ball   Alto Saxophone
Dick Morse   Trumpet
Joe Magro   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Borland   Vocals
Don McLeod   Vocals
Eddie Meyers   Alto Saxophone
Emmett Carls   Tenor Saxophone
Clyde Singleton   Bass
Joe Vernon   Drums,Soloist
George Faye   Trombone
Bob Lively   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Dave Matthews   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Jerry Packer   Vocals
Margaret Dale   Vocals
Wayne Howard   Vocals
Jon Carroll   Trumpet,Soloist
John Bock   Drums
Maurice Beeson   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Nanci Griffith   Composer
Frankie Laine   Composer
Herb Ellis   Composer
James P. Johnson   Composer
Stan Kenton   Composer
Maxine Sullivan   Composer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Charlie Ventura   Composer
Dave Lambert   Contributor
Pete Rugolo   Arranger,Composer
Johnny Richards   Composer
Dorothy Parker   Composer
Anita O'Day   Composer
Benny Carter   Composer
Rube Bloom   Composer
Henry Creamer   Composer
Michael Cuscuna   Producer
Eric Dawson   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Redd Evans   Composer
Johnny Frigo   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Nancy Hamilton   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Producer
Bob Russell   Composer
Lee Gillette   Producer
Ed Stone   Composer
Jack King   Composer
Morey Amsterdam   Composer
Dave Dexter   Producer
Walter Hagen   Composer
Seger Ellis   Composer
Carl Fischer   Composer
Tommy Romano   Composer
Jim Conkling   Producer
Charlie Lourie   Executive Producer
Ralph Yaw   Composer
Michael Sparke   Liner Notes,Discographical Consultant
Ted Koehler   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Neil Moret (Chas. N. Daniels)   Composer
Lou Carter   Composer
Doris Fisher   Composer
Fred Fisher   Composer
Sammy Gallop   Composer
Irene Higginbotham   Composer
Morgan Lewis   Composer
Abner Silver   Composer
Guy Wood   Composer
Richard Levinson   Composer
Ray Sonin   Composer
Alfred Bryan   Composer
Joe Greene   Composer
Allan Roberts   Composer
Mark Taylor   Composer
Floyd Bean   Composer
Brad Pray   Composer
Alan Rankin Jones   Composer
Jack Hartley   Discographical Consultant
Robert F. Graettinger   Composer
Ernesto de Curtis   Composer
Roland   Composer
Rugulo   Composer
Charles Lawrence   Composer

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