The Best of Stan Kenton [Capitol]

The Best of Stan Kenton [Capitol]


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The Best of Stan Kenton [Capitol]

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/07/1995
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0724383150427
catalogNumber: 31504

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
Porcino   Trumpet
Jim Amlotte   Bass Trombone
Andrew 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
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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The Best of Stan Kenton [Capitol] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
jsymons More than 1 year ago
One of the greatest and most distinctive of the late big bands. This CD has some of Kenton's best.