(1995) The Best Of Stan Kenton

Stan Kenton

... read moreBetween 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...

01:04′:20″ 18 Songs

1
Artistry In Rhythm
Stan Kenton
3:16
2
Eager Beaver
Stan Kenton
3:07
3
Artistry Jumps
Stan Kenton
2:35
4
Painted Rhythm
Stan Kenton
2:52
5
Intermission Riff
Stan Kenton
4:10
6
Collaboration
Stan Kenton
2:37
7
Lover
Stan Kenton
2:43
8
Unison Riff
Stan Kenton
3:07
9
The Peanut Vendor (1956 Version)
Stan Kenton
4:33
10
Interlude
Stan Kenton
3:02
11
Love For Sale
Stan Kenton
3:10
12
Laura
Stan Kenton
3:15
13
23 Degrees North - 82 Degrees West
Stan Kenton
3:07
14
Invention For Guitar And Trumpet
Stan Kenton
2:52
15
Stompin' At The Savoy
Stan Kenton
4:33
16
La Suerte De Los Tontos (Fortune Of Fools)
Stan Kenton
4:16
17
Waltz Of The Prophets
Stan Kenton
6:43
18
Malaguena
Stan Kenton
4:22
Released 01 January 1995, This Compilation ℗ 1995 Blue Note Records

Review

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. ~ Michael G. Nastos