The Innovations Orchestra

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
During 1950-51, Stan Kenton did the unthinkable by putting together a 40-piece orchestra that included a full string section. The music was quite uncommercial, complex, and advanced with the emphasis on the arrangements rather than the soloists which include trumpeters Shorty Rogers and Maynard Ferguson, trombonist Milt Bernhart, altoist Art Pepper, tenor saxophonist Bob Cooper, and guitarist Laurindo Almeida. This two-CD set has all of the music originally released on the albums Innovations in Modern Music and Stan Kenton Presents, plus 14 other key selections by the forbidding but intriguing orchestra. Although there are two numbers by Bob Graettinge the most radical of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
During 1950-51, Stan Kenton did the unthinkable by putting together a 40-piece orchestra that included a full string section. The music was quite uncommercial, complex, and advanced with the emphasis on the arrangements rather than the soloists which include trumpeters Shorty Rogers and Maynard Ferguson, trombonist Milt Bernhart, altoist Art Pepper, tenor saxophonist Bob Cooper, and guitarist Laurindo Almeida. This two-CD set has all of the music originally released on the albums Innovations in Modern Music and Stan Kenton Presents, plus 14 other key selections by the forbidding but intriguing orchestra. Although there are two numbers by Bob Graettinge the most radical of the Kenton arrangers, his main works have already been issued separately as Stan Kenton Plays Bob Graettinger. The primary arrangers on this twofer are Pete Rugolo whose work is often quite serious although "Mardi Gras" is a definite contrast!, Bill Russo including the memorable "Solitaire", Johnny Richards, and, for a few swinging numbers that are a major contrast, Shorty Rogers. Among the more famous selections are "Lonesome Road" which has one of two June Christy vocals, "Soliloquy," and "Cuban Episode." The last four selections on the reissue are taken from an Oct. 14, 1951, concert that was part of this very expensive ensemble's second and final tour. By 1952, Kenton was leading a more conventional big band, but the recordings of his Innovations Orchestra have since become legendary and stand apart from the other music of the 1950s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/25/1997
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 724385996528
  • Catalog Number: 59965

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mirage (4:58)
  2. 2 Conflict (4:23)
  3. 3 Solitaire (4:13)
  4. 4 Soliloquy (4:33)
  5. 5 Theme for Sunday (5:00)
  6. 6 Amazonia (4:41)
  7. 7 Lonesome Road (4:27)
  8. 8 Trajectories (3:32)
  9. 9 Incident in Jazz (3:29)
  10. 10 Cuban Episode (4:44)
  11. 11 Evening in Pakistan (3:44)
  12. 12 Salute (3:35)
  13. 13 Mardi Gras (3:07)
  14. 14 In Veradero (4:18)
  15. 15 Jolly Rogers (2:40)
  16. 16 Blues in Riff (2:53)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Cello-Logy (4:36)
  2. 2 Art Pepper (5:19)
  3. 3 Halls of Brass (5:01)
  4. 4 Maynard Ferguson (4:18)
  5. 5 Shelly Manne (4:30)
  6. 6 June Christy (4:08)
  7. 7 House of Strings (4:18)
  8. 8 Round Robin (2:43)
  9. 9 Coop's Solo (3:17)
  10. 10 Sambo (2:40)
  11. 11 Ennui (3:40)
  12. 12 Samana (3:52)
  13. 13 Coop's Solo (3:43)
  14. 14 Salute (4:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stan Kenton Primary Artist, Piano, Rhythm, Bandleader
June Christy Vocals
Laurindo Almeida Guitar
Buddy Childers Trumpet, Brass
Bob Cooper English Horn, Oboe, Tenor Saxophone
Maynard Ferguson Trumpet, Brass
Shelly Manne Timpani, Snare Drums
Art Pepper Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Bud Shank Flute, Alto Saxophone
Don Bagley Bass
John Graas French Horn
Bill Russo Trombone
Johnny Richards Track Performer
Shorty Rogers Trumpet, Brass
Milt Bernhart Trombone
Harry Betts Trombone
Jimmy Cathcart Strings
John Cave French Horn
Jack Costanzo Bongos, Latin Percussion
Gene Englund Reeds, Tuba
Bob Fitzpatrick Trombone
Bob Gioga Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Jim Holmes Strings
George Kast Strings
Sinclair Lott French Horn
Leonard Selic Viola
Carlos Vidal Conga, Vocals
Gregory Bemko Cello
Ralph Blaze Guitar
Stanley Harris Viola
Clyde Brown Bass Trombone
Anthony S. Doria Strings
Abe Luboff Bass
Chico Alvarez Trumpet, Brass
Lew Elias Strings
Carl Ottobrino Strings
Don Paladino Trumpet, Brass
Earl Cornwell Strings
Alex Law Strings
Bart Caldarell Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Zachary Bock Cello
Mary Jane Gillan Cello
Gabe Jellen Cello
Franklyn Marks Track Performer
Herbert Offner Strings
Dave Schackne Violin
Jack Wulfe Cello
Sam Singer Viola
Stan Fletcher Tuba
José Oliveira Vocals, Latin Percussion
Nestor Amaral Vocals, Latin Percussion
Robert F. Graettinger Conductor
Technical Credits
Laurindo Almeida Contributor
Bob Cooper Contributor
Maynard Ferguson Contributor
Art Pepper Contributor
Neal Hefti Arranger
Pete Rugolo Arranger
Shorty Rogers Arranger
Michael Cuscuna Reissue Producer
Geddy Lee Composer
Alex Lifeson Composer
Neil Peart Composer
Jim Conkling Producer
Michael Sparke Liner Notes
Robert F. Graettinger Composer
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