The Stage Door Swings

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Stan Kenton's orchestra was never the place to hear a nice tune played sweetly; arrangers including Kenton himself, Pete Rugolo, Bob Graettinger, and Bill Holman commonly emphasized the progressive end of jazz -- advanced harmonics, complex charts, powerful soloists -- much more than such a simple thing as swing. When Kenton decided to record an album of show tunes in 1958, however, he proceeded directly to Lennie Niehaus. Niehaus, an altoist with the Kenton band beginning nearly a decade earlier, had written a chart for "Pennies from Heaven" in 1953 that proved to be a highlight of the Sketches on Standards LP. Kenton would probably have chosen Bill Russo, who had helmed his...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Stan Kenton's orchestra was never the place to hear a nice tune played sweetly; arrangers including Kenton himself, Pete Rugolo, Bob Graettinger, and Bill Holman commonly emphasized the progressive end of jazz -- advanced harmonics, complex charts, powerful soloists -- much more than such a simple thing as swing. When Kenton decided to record an album of show tunes in 1958, however, he proceeded directly to Lennie Niehaus. Niehaus, an altoist with the Kenton band beginning nearly a decade earlier, had written a chart for "Pennies from Heaven" in 1953 that proved to be a highlight of the Sketches on Standards LP. Kenton would probably have chosen Bill Russo, who had helmed his two previous standards LPs of the '50s, but he had left the band a few years earlier. Kenton's band of 1958 didn't boast the firepower of earlier editions, but new arrivals Jack Sheldon and Bill Trujillo contribute a lot to the highlight, "The Party's Over" which, Michael Sparke's liner notes tell us, was often used by the contrarian Kenton to begin his sets. Elsewhere, Niehaus gives himself a feature on the hard-swinging "Baubles, Bangles & Beads."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/16/2005
  • Label: Emi Mod Afw
  • UPC: 724347755125
  • Catalog Number: 77551
  • Sales rank: 169,048

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lullaby of Broadway (2:42)
  2. 2 The Party's Over (2:58)
  3. 3 Baubles, Bangles and Beads (2:45)
  4. 4 Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye - Jack Sheldon (3:18)
  5. 5 Whatever Lola Wants (2:29)
  6. 6 Bali Ha'i - Bill Perkins (2:05)
  7. 7 Hey There - Lennie Niehaus (2:32)
  8. 8 Younger Than Springtime - Jack Sheldon (3:00)
  9. 9 On the Street Where You Live (2:12)
  10. 10 I Love Paris - Kent Larsen (2:28)
  11. 11 I've Never Been in Love Before - Jack Sheldon (3:14)
  12. 12 All at Once You Love Her - Bill Perkins (2:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stan Kenton Primary Artist, Piano, Bandleader
Bill Perkins Tenor Saxophone
Lennie Niehaus Alto Saxophone
Billy Smiley Bass Trombone
Jim Amlotte Trombone
Bud Brisbois Trumpet
Bill Catalano Trumpet
Frank Huggins Trumpet
Jack Sheldon Trumpet
Kent Larsen Trombone
Archie LeCoque Trombone
Stephen Perlow Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Bill "Bojangles" Robinson Baritone Saxophone
Bill Trujillo Tenor Saxophone
Bill Robinson Tenor Saxophone
Bill Smiley Bass Trombone
Jerry Lestock McKenzie Drums
Al Sunseri Trumpet
Red Kelly Bass
Billy Catelano Trumpet
Bob Olson Bass Trombone
Technical Credits
Lennie Niehaus Arranger
Frank Loesser Composer
Jerry Ross Composer
Richard Adler Composer
Michael Cuscuna Reissue Producer
Al Dubin Composer
Ron McMaster Mastering
Cole Porter Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Lee Gillette Producer, Audio Production
Frederick Loewe Composer
Michael Sparke Liner Notes
G. Forrest Composer
R. Douglas Wright Composer
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