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STAN KENTON

Two Shades of Autumn

Sounds of Yester Year
DSOY 896

 

 

1. Introduction
2. Artistry In Rhythm
3. Street Of Dreams
4. Get Out Of Town
5. Theme And Variations
6. The Big Chase (partial) and Sign-Off
7. Introduction
8. Opus In Chartreuse
9. The Peanut Vendor
10. There Will Never Be Another You
11. Two Shades Of Autumn (partial) and Sign-Off
12. Introduction: Artistry In Rhythm
13. Lullaby Of Broadway
14. Prelude To A Kiss
15. The Peanut Vendor
16. My Old Flame
17. The Party's Over
18. With The Wind And The Rain In Your Hair
19. Pennies From Heaven
20. Artistry In Rhythm and Sign-Off

Tracks 1-11
Stan Kenton- Piano
Sam Noto, Jules Chaikin, Billy Catalano, Lee Katzman, Phil Gilbert - Trumpets
Kent Larsen, Archie LeCoque, Jim Amlotte, Bob Fitzpatrick (?) - Trombones
Kenny Shroyer - Bass trombone
Lennie Niehaus - Alto sax
Bill Perkins, Richie Kamuca - Tenor saxes
Bill Robinson, Steve Perlow - Baritone saxes
Red Kelly - Bass
Jerry McKenzie - Drums
 
Tracks 12-20
Stan Kenton - Piano
Frank Huggins, Bud Brisbois, Rolf Ericson, Bill Chase, Roger Middleton - Trumpets
Archie LeCoque, Don Sebesky, Kent Larsen - Trombones
Jim Amlotte, Bobby Knight - Bass trombones
Charlie Mariano - Alto sax
Bill Trujillo, John Bonnie - Tenor saxes
Jack Nimitz, Marvin Holladay - Baritone saxes
Carson Smith - Bass
Jimmy Campbell - Drums
Mike Pacheco - Latin

 

From 1943 to 1966, the American Armed Forces Radio broadcast a series of "One Night Stand" concerts. This CD contains two 15-minute sessions from 1958 and one 30-minute session from 1959 by Stan Kenton's orchestra. At this time, the band could boast several brilliant soloists who added to the appeal of the group's precision ensembles.

Altoist Lennie Niehaus is featured in Street of Dreams, and he contributed several arrangements to the band. Get Out of Town spotlights the bass trombone of Kenny Shroyer, who had joined the band in 1956 at the age of 18. Shroyer's abilities were so notable that Stan Kenton had arrangements written specially for him. The title-track and Opus in Chartreuse highlight Bill Perkins' fluent skill on the tenor sax. Trumpeter Sam Noto's feature on There Will Never Be Another You justifies Don Reed's summation: "at times Sam sounded like he was dancing on glass". Another trumpeter - Rolf Ericson - is featured on several numbers in the 1959 broadcast. But my favourite solo is by tenorist Bill Trujillo in The Party's Over.

Kenton employed some notable arrangers, so this album includes compositions and arrangements by the likes of Marty Paich and Bill Holman. Unfortunately, the recording quality is not as good as it might have been, so this album will probably only be essential for Kenton addicts. But the recordings prove that Stan had a band he could be proud of.

Tony Augarde
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