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Stan Kenton

There have been few jazz musicians as consistently controversial as Stan Kenton. Dismissed by purists of various genres while loved by many others, Kenton ranks up there with Chet Baker and Sun Ra as jazz's top cult figure. He led a succession of highly original bands that often emphasized emotion, power, and advanced harmonies over swing, and this upset listeners who felt that all big bands should aim to sound like Count Basie. Kenton always had a different vision.

Kenton played in the 1930s in the dance bands of Vido Musso and Gus Arnheim, but he was born to be a leader. In 1941 he formed his first orchestra, which later was named after his theme song "Artistry in Rhythm." A decent Earl Hines-influenced pianist, Kenton was much more important in the early days as an arranger and inspiration for his loyal sidemen. Although there were no major names in his first band (bassist Howard Rumsey and trumpeter Chico Alvarez come the closest), Kenton spent the summer of 1941 playing regularly before a very appreciative audience at the Rendezvous Ballroom in Balboa Beach, CA. Influenced by Jimmie Lunceford (who, like Kenton, enjoyed high-note trumpeters and thick-toned tenors), the Stan Kenton Orchestra struggled a bit after its initial success. Its Decca recordings were not big sellers and a stint as Bob Hope's backup radio band was an unhappy experience; Les Brown permanently took Kenton's place.

By late 1943 with a Capitol contract, a popular record in "Eager Beaver," and growing recognition, the Stan Kenton Orchestra was gradually catching on. Its soloists during the war years included Art Pepper, briefly Stan Getz, altoist Boots Mussulli, and singer Anita O'Day. By 1945 the band had evolved quite a bit. Pete Rugolo became the chief arranger (extending Kenton's ideas), Bob Cooper and Vido Musso offered very different tenor styles, and June Christy was Kenton's new singer; her popular hits (including "Tampico" and "Across the Alley From the Alamo") made it possible for Kenton to finance his more ambitious projects. Calling his music "progressive jazz," Kenton sought to lead a concert orchestra as opposed to a dance band at a time when most big bands were starting to break up. By 1947 Kai Winding was greatly influencing the sound of Kenton's trombonists, the trumpet section included such screamers as Buddy Childers, Ray Wetzel, and Al Porcino, Jack Costanzo's bongos were bringing Latin rhythms into Kenton's sound, and a riotous version of "The Peanut Vendor" contrasted with the somber "Elegy for Alto." Kenton had succeeded in forming a radical and very original band that gained its own audience.

In 1949 Kenton took a year off. In 1950 he put together his most advanced band, the 39-piece Innovations in Modern Music Orchestra that included 16 strings, a woodwind section, and two French horns. Its music ranged from the unique and very dense modern classical charts of Bob Graettinger to works that somehow swung despite the weight. Such major players as Maynard Ferguson (whose high-note acrobatics set new standards), Shorty Rogers, Milt Bernhart, John Graas, Art Pepper, Bud Shank, Bob Cooper, Laurindo Almeida, Shelly Manne, and June Christy were part of this remarkable project, but from a commercial standpoint, it was really impossible. Kenton managed two tours during 1950-1951 but soon reverted to his usual 19-piece lineup. Then quite unexpectedly, Kenton went through a swinging period. The charts of such arrangers as Shorty Rogers, Gerry Mulligan, Lennie Niehaus, Marty Paich, Johnny Richards, and particularly Bill Holman and Bill Russo began to dominate the repertoire. Such talented players (in addition to the ones already named) as Lee Konitz, Conte Candoli, Sal Salvador, Stan Levey, Frank Rosolino, Richie Kamuca, Zoot Sims, Sam Noto, Bill Perkins, Charlie Mariano, Mel Lewis, Pete Candoli, Lucky Thompson, Carl Fontana, Pepper Adams, and Jack Sheldon made strong contributions. The music was never predictable and could get quite bombastic, but it managed to swing while still keeping the Kenton sound.

Kenton's last successful experiment was his mellophonium band of 1960-1963. Despite the difficulties in keeping the four mellophoniums (which formed their own separate section) in tune, this particular Kenton orchestra had its exciting moments. However from 1963 on, the flavor of the Kenton big band began to change. Rather than using talented soloists, Kenton emphasized relatively inexpensive youth at the cost of originality. While the arrangements (including those of Hank Levy) continued to be quite challenging, after Gabe Baltazar's "graduation" in 1965, there were few new important Kenton alumni (other than Peter Erskine and Tim Hagans). For many of the young players, touring with Kenton would be the high point of their careers rather than just an important early step. Kenton Plays Wagner (1964) was an important project, but by then the bandleader's attention was on jazz education. By conducting a countless number of clinics and making his charts available to college and high-school stage bands, Kenton insured that there would be many bands that sounded like his, and the inverse result was that his own young orchestra sounded like a professional college band! Kenton continued leading and touring with his big band up until his death in 1979.

Kenton recorded for Capitol for 25 years (1943-1968) and in the 1970s formed his Creative World label to reissue most of his Capitol output and record his current band. In recent times Capitol has begun reissuing Kenton's legacy on CD and there have been two impressive Mosaic box sets. ~ Scott Yanow
full bio

Selected Discography


Track List: Las Mejores Orquestas Del Mundo Stan Kenton

1. Mission Trail

2. Peanut Vendor

3. I'm Glad There Is You

4. Four Of A King

5. Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea

6. Tonight

7. Siesta

8. All The Things You Are

9. Artistry In Rythm

10. Fitz

11. Mellophobia

12. Reuben's Blues

13. Night At The Golden Nugget

14. I Understand

15. Hold In Reserve


Track List: The Stan Kenton Orchestra In Concert

1. Theme And Variations

2. Fearless Finlay

3. I Concentrate On You

4. My Old Flame

5. Intermission Riff

6. Suerte De Los Tontos (From Cuban Fire)

7. Bernie's Tune

8. Street Scene

9. Out Of This World


Track List: Stan Kenton Be Boppers

1. Vido's Bop

2. On The Mercury

3. Gone With Vido

4. Vido In A Mist

5. Trees

6. The Unfinished Boogie

7. The Day I Left Alsace-Lorraine

8. Checkerboard

9. Short Wave

10. Take The 'A' Train

11. Love Locked Out

12. The Band Ain't Draggin'

13. Sa-Frantic

14. Turmoil

15. Jumpin' For Jane

16. Bass Mood


Track List: 15 Song Stan Kenton Big Band. Greatest Hits

1. Mission Trail

2. Peanut Vendor, El Manisero

3. I'm Gland There Is You

4. Four Of A King

5. Getween The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea

6. Tonight

7. Siesta

8. All The Things You Are

9. Artistry In Rythm

10. Fitz

11. Mellophobia

12. Reuben's Blues

13. Night At The Golden Nugget

14. I Understand

15. Hold In Reserve


Track List: The Very Best Of Stan Kenton

1. Artistry Jumps

2. Interlude

3. Intermission Riff

4. Minor Riff

5. Collaboration

6. Painted Rhythm

7. Southern Scandal

8. The Peanut Vendor

9. Eager Beaver

10. Concerto To End All Concertos

11. Artistry In Boogie

12. Lover

13. Unison Riff

14. Fuego Cubano

15. El Congo Valiente

16. Recuerdos

17. Quien Sabe

18. La Guera Baila

19. La Suerte De Los Tontos

20. Tres Corazones


Track List: Innovations In Modern Music

1. Trajectories

2. Theme For Sunday

3. Conflict

4. Incident In Jazz

5. Lonesome Road

6. Mirage

7. Solitaire

8. Cuban Episode


Track List: Rarities

1. All I Need Is You

2. Joyce's Choice

3. Sweet Sue, Just You

4. Tangerine

5. Gone With The Wind

6. Sue Is Swinging

7. Wail For Gail

8. Did I Remember

9. Theme For Sunday

10. Theme To The West

11. Serenade In Blue

12. Sentimental Serenade

13. Harbor Lights

14. In The Blue Of Evening

15. I'll Close My Eyes

16. Ghost Of A Chance

17. Cuban Mumble

18. Tequila

19. Walking Shoes (Live)

20. Love For Sale (Live)


Track List: Intermission Riff (1952-1956)

1. Artistry Jumps

2. Intermission Riff

3. The Peanut Vendor

4. Eager Beaver

5. Minor Riff

6. Fascinating Rhythm

7. Artistry In Boogie

8. Concerto To End All Concertos

9. Lover

10. Interlude

11. Taboo

12. Swinghouse

13. Portrait Of A Count

14. Invention For Guitar And Trumpet

15. Lover Man

16. Limelight

17. Stella By Starlight

18. Southern Scandal

19. Collaboration

20. Malaguena


Track List: In Concert

1. The Opener (Live)

2. Over The Rainbow (Live)

3. Hav-A-Havana (Live)

4. Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Live)

5. Lover Man (Live)

6. I Remember You (Live)

7. Bags (Live)

8. How Am I To Know? (Live)

9. What's New (Live)

10. Street Of Dreams/Artistry In Rhythm (Live)

11. September Song (Live)

12. Out Of Nowhere (Live)

13. Intermission Riff (Live)

14. Stella By Starlight (Live)

15. My Funny Valentine (Live)

16. Theme & Variations (Live)

17. Speak Low (Live)

18. Don't Take Your Love Away From Me (Live)

19. Polka Dots And Moonbeams (Live)

20. Stompin' At The Savoy (Live)

21. 23° N 82° W (Live)

22. Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea (Live)

23. Fascinatin' Rhythm (Live)

24. Out Of Nowhere (Version 2) (Live)

25. What's New (Version 2) (Live)

26. Stompin' At The Savoy (Version 2) (Live)

27. Theme & Variations (Version 2) (Live)

28. Stella By Starlight (Version 2) (Live)

29. 23° N 82° W (Version 2) (Live)

30. The Big Chase/Closing (Live)


Track List: Ten Best

1. Mission Trail

2. Peanut Vendor

3. I'm Glad There Is You (2008)

4. Artistry In Rhythm

5. 4 Of A Kind

6. Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea

7. Tonight (2008)

8. Siesta

9. All The Things You Are

10. Lime House Blues (2008)


Track List: Live Concert, Humboldt State 1959

1. Bernie's Tune (Live 1959)

2. Theme And Variations (Live 1959)

3. Kingfish (Live 1959)

4. Artistry In Rhythm (Live 1959)

5. I Concentrate On You (Live 1959)

6. My Old Flame (Live 1959)

7. Begin The Beguine (Live 1959)

8. Opus In Chartreuse (Live 1959)

9. The Way You Look Tonight (Live 1959)

10. The End Of A Love Affair (Live 1959)


Track List: Rendezvous Ballroom: 1957-1959 (Live)

1. I'm Glad There Is You (Live)

2. All Of You (Live)

3. So In Love (Live)

4. You Turned The Tables On Me (Live)

5. We Laughed At Love (Live)

6. When Your Lover Has Gone (Live)

7. Our Love Is Here To Stay (Live)

8. Memories Of You (Live)

9. Desiderata (Live)

10. Harlem Nocturne (Live)


Track List: The Chronolgical 1951-1952


Track List: The Stage Door Swings

1. Lullaby Of Broadway

2. The Party's Over

3. Baubles, Bangles, And Beads

4. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye

5. Whatever Lola Wants

6. Bali Ha'i

7. Hey There

8. Younger Than Springtime

9. On The Street Where You Live

10. I Love Paris

11. I've Never Been In Love Before

12. All At Once You Love Her


Track List: Back To Balboa

1. The Big Chase

2. Rendezvous At Sunset

3. Speak Low

4. My Old Flame

5. Out Of This World

6. Begin The Beguine

7. Get Out Of Town

8. Royal Blue

9. I Concentrate On You

10. Beyond The Blue Horizon

11. Two Shades Of Autumn

12. Love Letters

13. Desiderata

14. Artistry In Blues


Track List: Fascinating Rhythm

1. Opus In Pastels

2. Capitol Punishment

3. Blues In Riff

4. Solitaire

5. Dynaflow

6. Improvisation

7. Swing House

8. Portrait Of A Count

9. Invention For Guitar And Trumpet

10. Fascinating Rhythm

11. Lover Man

12. Limelight

13. Stella By Starlight


Track List: One Night Stand

1. Artistry In Rhythm - Theme And Intro

2. Jambo

3. Autumn Leaves

4. Southern Scandal

5. Yesterdays

6. Viva Prado

7. Walking By The River

8. Lullaby In Rhythm

9. I'll Remember April

10. Love For Sale

11. Painted Rhythm

12. Laura

13. Blues In Riff

14. Eager Beaver

15. I Only Have Eyes For You

16. Collaboration

17. Intermission Riff

18. Round Robin

19. Artistry In Rhythm


Track List: Easy Go

1. Easy Go

2. Love For Sale

3. Viva Prado

4. Something New (Sunset Tower)

5. Theme For Alto

6. Riff Rhapsody

7. Dynaflow

8. What's New

9. Jump For Joe

10. Night Watch

11. Francesca

12. Soliloquy

13. Lazy Daisy

14. Mambo Rhapsody

15. Riff Raff

16. Star Dust

17. Bags And Baggage

18. Bill's Blues

19. Cool Eyes

20. Beehive


Track List: Kenton Showcase

1. A Theme Of Four Values

2. Study For Bass

3. Blues Before And After

4. Bacante

5. Thisbe

6. Egdon Heath

7. Sweets

8. Dusk

9. Bags

10. Hav-A-Havana

11. Solo For Buddy

12. The Opener

13. Fearless Finlay

14. Theme And Variations

15. King Fish

16. In Lighter Vein

17. Of All Things

18. Lover Man

19. My Funny Valentine

20. Bags (Alternate Version)


Track List: Greatest Performances

1. Artistry Jumps

2. Opus In Pastels

3. Artistry In Bolero

4. Rhythm Incorporated

5. Painted Rhythms

6. You And The Night And The Music

7. Intermission Riff

8. Portrait Of A Count

9. Dynaflow

10. Invention For Guitar And Trumpet

11. I've Got You Under My Skin

12. Baia

13. Artistry In Rhythm

14. Viva Prado

15. Eager Beaver

16. Over The Rainbow

17. Crazy Rhythm

18. April In Paris


Track List: The Stan Kenton Story: Artistry In Rhythm

2. Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me

3. Eager Beaver

4. Harlem Folk Dance

5. Artistry In Rhythm

6. I'm Going Mad For A Pad

7. And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine

8. Gotta Be Gettin'

9. Every Time We Say Goodbye

10. Are You Livin' Old Man

11. Balboa Bash

12. I Want A Grown Up Man

13. Travelin' Man

14. Tampico

15. Southern Scandal

16. It's Been A Long. Long Time

17. Don't Let Me Dream

18. Just A Sittin' & A Rockin'

19. Artistry Jumps

20. Painted Rhythm

21. Blue Music

22. Body And Soul


Track List: The Stan Kenton Story: Progressive Jazz

1. Artistry In Harlem Swing

2. By The River Ste Marie

3. April In Paris

4. Don't Worry About Me

5. If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight

6. Elegy For Alto

7. Soothe Me

8. Chorale For Brass. Piano And Bongo (Prologue. Suite. Second Movement)

9. Theme To The West

10. Abstraction (Prologue. Suite. Third Movement)

11. Fugue For Rhythm Section

12. Monotony

13. Unison Riff

14. Lament

15. Impressionism

16. I Told Ya I Love Ya. Now Get Out

17. Cuban Carnival

18. The Peanut Vendor

20. Over The Rainbow

21. Metronome Riff

22. Introduction To A Latin Rhythm (Prologue. Suite. First Movement)

23. Journey To Brazil (Prologue. Suite. Fourth Movement. Finale)

24. How High The Moon

25. Interlude


Track List: Kenton Odyssey 1951-68

Disc 1

1. Artistry In Rhythm

3. How High The Moon

4. Concerto To End All Concertos

6. Swing House

7. Yesterdays

10. Stella By Starlight

11. Young Blood

12. Intermission Riff

13. Theme And Variations

14. Kingfish

15. Bernie's Tune

16. I Concentrate On You (live)

Disc 2

1. Begin The Beguine

2. The Night We Called It A Day (live)

3. A String Of Pearls

5. Opus In Chartreuse

6. Granada

9. The Blues Story

11. Artemis And Apollo

13. Artistry In Rhythm


Track List: Jazz Profile: Stan Kenton - No.19

1. Southern Scandal

2. Just A-Sittin' And A-Rockin'

3. Artistry In Bolero

4. Machito

5. Harlem Holiday

6. Evening In Pakistan

7. Round Robin

8. Street Of Dreams

9. Fascinating Rhythm

10. Fearless Finlay

11. Limelight

12. The Peanut Vendor

13. September Song

14. Just In Time

15. The Blues Story

16. Gloomy Sunday


Track List: The Ballad Style Of Stan Kenton

1. Then I'll Be Tired Of You

2. More Than You Know

3. When Stars Looked Down

4. The End Of A Love Affair

5. A Sunday Kind Of Love

6. Moon Song

7. Early Autumn

8. How Am I To Know (Instrumental)

9. The Things We Did Last Summer

10. We'll Be Together Again (1958)

11. How Deep Is The Ocean

12. The Night We Called It A Day

13. Ill Wind


Track List: Transcriptions

1. Begin The Beguine

2. On The Sunny Side Of The Street

4. Easy Street

5. I Surrender Dear

6. Two Moose In A Caboose

7. Solitude

8. No Baby Nobody But You

9. Intermission Riff

10. It'S Never Too Late To Pray

11. Tea For Two

12. One Twenty

13. I Never Thought I'd Sing The Blues

14. Who'S Got A Tent For Rent

15. I Got The Sun In The Morning

16. Come Rain Or Come Shine

17. Peg O' My Heart

18. Lover

19. Yesterdays

20. End Of The World

21. Reed Rapture

22. Lover Man

23. Scotch And Water

24. Cocktails For Two

25. Everybody Swing


Track List: City Of Glass: Stan Kenton Plays Bob Graettinger

2. Everything Happens To Me

3. Incident In Jazz

4. House Of Strings

5. A Horn

8. City Of Glass (Second Movement): Dance Before The Mirror

9. City Of Glass: (Third Movement): Reflections

10. Modern Opus

11. A Cello

12. You Go To My Head

13. A Trumpet

14. An Orchestra

15. A Thought

16. Some Saxophones


Track List: City Of Glass

1. Thermopolae (Thermopylae)

2. Everything Happens To Me

3. Incident In Jazz

4. House Of Strings

5. A Horn

6. City Of Glass (First Movement--Part 1) Entrance Into The City

7. City Of Glass (First Movement--Part 2) The Structures

8. City Of Glass (Second Movement "Dance Before" The Mirror)

9. City Of Glass (Third Movement) Reflections

10. Modern Opus

11. A Cello

12. You Go To My Head

13. A Trumpet

14. An Orchestra


Track List: Out Of Nowhere (Live)

1. La Suerte Los Tontos

2. I Concentrate On You

3. The Lullaby Of Broadway

4. The Nearness Of You

5. Kingfish

6. Early Autumn

7. Love For Sale

8. My Old Flame

9. Yesterdays

10. Out Of Nowhere

11. The Night We Called It A Day

12. Everything Happens To Me

13. There Will Never Be Another You

14. So In Love

15. With The Wind And The Rain In Your Hair

16. The Big Chase


Track List: The Best Of Stan Kenton

1. Artistry In Rhythm

2. Eager Beaver

3. Artistry Jumps

4. Painted Rhythm

5. Intermission Riff

6. Collaboration

7. Lover

8. Unison Riff

9. The Peanut Vendor

10. Interlude

11. Love For Sale

12. Laura

13. 23 Degrees North, 82 Degrees West

14. Invention For Guitar And Trumpet

15. Stompin' At The Savoy

16. La Suerte De Los Tontos (Fortune Of Fools)

17. Waltz Of The Prophets

18. Malaguena


Track List: Jazz Infusion: Stan Kenton

1. Intermission Riff

2. Dynaflow

3. I've Never Been In Love Before

4. Unison Riff

5. No Baby Nobody But You

6. Tampico

7. Invention For Guitar And Trumpet

8. Artistry In Rhythm

9. Younger Than Springtime

10. Sambo

11. All At Once You Love Her

12. Jolly Rogers

13. I Never Thought I'd Sing The Blues

14. Easy Street

15. I Got The Sun In The Morning

16. Swing House

17. Portrait Of A Count

18. Taboo


Track List: Retrospective - The Capitol Years

Disc 1

1. Artistry In Rhythm

2. Eager Beaver

3. And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine

4. Southern Scandal (1945 Version)

5. Tampico

6. Artistry Jumps

7. Shoo Fly Pie And Apple Pan Dowdy

8. Artistry In Boogie (1946 Version)

9. Artistry In Percussion

10. Willow Weep For Me

11. Concerto To End All Concertos (Parts I & II)

12. Opus In Pastels (1946 Version)

13. Capitol Punishment

14. Across The Alley From The Alamo

15. Collaboration

16. Minor Riff (1947 Version)

17. Machito

18. Elegy For Alto (1947 Version)

19. Lament

20. How High The Moon

21. Interlude

Disc 2

1. Trajectories

2. Jolly Rogers

3. Art Pepper

4. Orange Colored Sky (Feat. Nat Kingt)

5. Love For Sale

6. Viva Prado

7. September Song

8. Dynaflow

9. Easy Street

10. City Of Glass (Second Movement "Dance Before" The Mirror)

11. Young Blood

12. 23 Degrees North - 82 Degrees West

13. Invention For Guitar And Trumpet

14. Lover Man

15. All About Ronnie

16. Crazy Rhythm (1953 Version)

17. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)

18. In Lighter Vein

19. A Theme Of Four Values

20. King Fish

21. Sweets

Disc 3

1. I've Got You Under My Skin (1955 Version)

2. Stompin' At The Savoy

3. Black Coffee

4. Sunset Tower

5. The Peanut Vendor

6. Intermission Riff (1956 Version)

7. Recuerdos (Reminiscences)

8. El Congo Valiente (Valiant Congo)

9. High On A Windy Hill

10. My Old Flame

11. Out Of This World

12. On The Street Where You Live

13. Theme For Sunday

14. Django (1959 Version)

15. Mexican Jumping Bean

Disc 4

1. Ten Bars Ago

2. Maria

3. I Feel Pretty

4. Darn That Dream

5. It's All Right With Me

6. Stairway To The Stars

7. Waltz Of The Prophets

8. A Night At The Gold Nugget

9. 3X3X2X2X2=72

10. Our Love Is Here To Stay

11. Prelude To Act III Of "Lohengrin"

12. Passacaglia And Fugue

13. Lonely Boy

14. The Singing Oyster

15. How Are Things In Glocca Morra


Track List: Street Of Dreams

1. Send In The Clowns

2. Rhapsody In Blue

3. Street Of Dreams

4. Body And Soul

5. Tiare

6. Too Shy To Say

7. My Funny Valentine (1976)


Track List: 18 Original Big Band Hits

1. Hold In Reserve

2. Four Of A Kind

3. The Blues Story

4. I Understand

5. Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea

6. Siesta

7. I'm Glad There Is You

8. Mission Trail

9. Night At The Gold Nugget

10. Peanut Vendor

11. Fitz

12. Mellophobia

13. All The Things You Are

14. Reuben's Blues

15. Limehouse Blues

16. Waltz Of The Phophets

17. Tonight

18. Artistry In Rhythm


Track List: Journey Into Capricorn

1. Too Shy To Say

2. Pegasus

3. Granada Smoothie

4. 90 Degrees Celcius

5. Journey Into Capricorn

6. Celebration Suite


Track List: Stan Kenton Plays Chicago

1. Chicago III Suite : Canon

2. Mother

3. Once Upon A Time

4. Free

5. From Blood Sweat And Tears : Alone

6. Inner Crisis

7. First Child

8. Rise And Fall Of A Short Fugue


Track List: Jazz Compositions Of Dee Barton

1. Man

2. Lonely Boy

3. The Singing Oyster

4. Dilemma

5. Three Thoughts

6. New Day, A

7. Woman


Track List: Stan Kenton's Greatest Hits

1. Artistry In Rhythm

2. Tampico

3. Interlude

4. Eager Beaver

5. September Song

6. Unison Riff

7. Lover

8. Painted Rhythm

9. And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine

10. Laura

11. The Peanut Vendor


Track List: Adventures In Blues

1. Reuben's Blues

2. Dragonwyck

3. Blue Ghost

4. Exit Stage Left

5. Night At The Gold Nugget

6. Formula SK-32

7. Aphrodisia

8. Fitz

9. The Blues Story

10. Night At The Gold Nugget (First Version)

11. Ten Bars Ago

12. Lady Luck


Track List: Viva Kenton!

1. Mexican Jumping Bean

2. Siesta

3. Cha Cha Sombrero

4. Chocolate Caliente

5. Aqua Marine

6. Opus In Chartreuse Cha Cha Cha

7. Cha Cha Chee Boom

8. Adios

9. Mission Trail

10. Artistry In Rhythm

11. Artistry In Bossa Nova (aka Artistry In Bolero)

12. Interlude

13. Jump For Joe

14. Opus In Pastels

15. Concerto To End All Concertos

16. Loco-Nova


Track List: Adventures In Jazz

1. Turtle Talk

2. Stairway To The Stars

3. Limehouse Blues

4. Malaguena

5. Misty

6. Waltz Of The Prophets

7. Body And Soul

8. It Might As Well Be Spring

9. Waltz Of The Prophets (First Version)

10. Body And Soul (First Version)


Track List: Sophisticated Approach

1. But Beautiful

2. Darn That Dream

3. It Might As Well Be Spring

4. Moonlight Becomes You

5. How Do I Look In Blue

6. You Stepped Out Of A Dream

7. How Long Has This Been Going On

8. Memoirs Of A Lady

9. Time Aftertime

10. Easy To Love

11. My One And Only Love

12. Like Someone In Love

13. Some Enchanted Evening

14. Make Someone Happy

15. Come Rain Or Come Shine

16. Gigi

17. Bewitched

18. Magic Moment


Track List: West Side Story

1. Prologue

2. Something's Coming

3. Maria

4. America

5. Tonight

6. Cool

7. I Feel Pretty

8. Officer Krupke

9. Taunting Scene (The Rumble)

10. Somewhere - Finale


Track List: Cuban Fire

1. Fuego Cubano (Cuban Fire)

2. El Congo Valiente (The Valiant Congo)

3. Recuerdos (Reminiscences)

4. Quien Sabe (Who Knows)

5. La Quera Baila (The Fair One Dances)

6. La Suerte De Los Tontos (Fortune of Fools)

7. Tres Corazones (Three Hearts)

8. Malibu Moonlight

9. El Panzon

10. Carnival

11. Wagon

12. Early Hours (Lady Luck)


Track List: Standards In Silhouette

1. Willow Weep For Me

2. The Thrill Is Gone

3. The Meaning Of The Blues

4. When Sunny Gets Blue

5. Ill Wind

6. Django

7. I Get Along Without You Very Well

8. Lonely Woman

9. Lazy Afternoon


Track List: Kenton In Hi-Fi

1. Artistry Jumps

2. Interlude

3. Intermission Riff

4. Minor Riff

5. Minor Riff (Alternate Take)

6. Collaboration

7. Painted Rhythm

8. Southern Scandal (1945 Version)

9. The Peanut Vendor

10. Eager Beaver

11. Concerto To End All Concertos

12. Artistry In Boogie

13. Lover

14. Unison Riff

15. Opus In Pastels

16. Machito

17. Artistry In Rhythm


Track List: Sketches On Standards

1. Sophisticated Lady

2. Begin The Beguine

3. Lover Man

4. Pennies From Heaven

5. Over The Rainbow

6. Fascinatin' Rhythm

7. There's A Small Hotel

8. Shadow Waltz

9. Harlem Nocturne

10. Stella By Starlight

11. Dark Eyes

12. Malaguena

13. Spring Is Here

14. I'm Glad There Is You


Track List: Portraits On Standards

1. You And The Night And The Music

2. My Reverie

3. I've Got You Under My Skin

4. Autumn In New York

5. April In Paris

6. How High The Moon

7. Crazy Rhythm

8. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)

9. Baia

10. Street Of Dreams

11. Don't Take Your Love From Me

12. More Love Than Your Love

13. Alone Too Long

14. Lady In Red

15. Under A Blanket Of Blue


Track List: Live In 1951 - At The Hollywood Palladium

1. Theme - Machito

2. Stardust

3. Gone With The Wind

6. Lover

8. Collaboration

9. Minor Riff

10. Autumn Leaves

11. Blues In A Riff

12. Viva Prado

13. You're Mine You

14. Jambo

15. Laura

16. Jolly Roger

17. Artistry In Bolero

18. When You Lover Has Gone

19. Artistry In Percussion

20. Intermission Riff

21. Theme - Closing


Track List: Kenton '58 Road Band!

1. Pennies From Heaven

2. Love For Sale

3. My Old Flame

4. There Will Never Be Another You

5. We'll Be Together Again

6. The Party's Over

9. With The Wind And The Rain In Your Hair

11. Dancing In The Dark

12. The Way You Look Tonight

13. Street Of Dreams

14. You Turned The Tables On Me

15. 23 Degrees North - 82 Degrees West

16. Stompin' At The Savoy

17. Artistry In Rhythm


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I remember attending a Stan Kenton concert in 1962 with a buddy of mine. The band was in a class by itself and very progressive. He also demonstrated a good personality on the bandstand in addition to the great music.
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Even after so many years he's the best. I grew up with him and I never tire of listening to him. And he brings back so many fond memories. We lost him much much too early.
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I was interning at a radio station in Laguna Beach (1949-50) and we had a jazz focused program on every evening. Don Ross, the DJ asked if I would do an interview with Stan. I was in awe of his talent and had most of his records.
I spoke to him during a break at the Rendezvous in Balboa and he offered to do a live interview at the station, meaning a drive from his home in LA to Laguna and back. Great interview and three hours of Kenton. He impressed me a one of the kindest men I ever met.
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My phone and it was not the best same thing over and over a month and I have a nice person but it was the only thing is I don't think that I
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No other musician has done so much for Jazz as Stan Kenton did with his powerful bands, compositions , arrangements and sidemen. Stan Kenton has remained above all others through the years. Progressive Jazz could not be a better name to describe his enhanced ingenuity in Jazz history.
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He a had a lot black musicians just more whites
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What this world needs is more trombones.
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Still great buddy!
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He was intense listening for me in early high school years...have found my happy place finding him again at nearly 71
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A great treat. I once had an opportunity To
Audition for the Man!!
I often wonder what My life

may have been like!!
Tom Hill
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The critic who wrote this somewhat negative tinged review has no clue as to what modern, progressive jazz was in the 50s,60, etc. Kenton blew us PURISTS....y e s , purists out of our seats.
His musicians were frontiersmen , jazz artists par excellence.. . . a n d you whippersnapp e r have the chahones to write as if you experienced what these guys were doing.
And the man, himself, Stan Kenton !
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Had the pleasure of meeting Stan when he donated a huge box of old charts to my husbands big band sponsored by Yamaha in San Francisco in the mid seventies. We brought a bus load of the band members, all high school students, who will always remember they met this Legendary man.
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Absolutely one of my all time favorites. Innovative and always ahead of his time, I always loved his big powerful brassy tight harmonies and his sultry smooth slower melodies.... . H e was king of the bandstand.
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Not my all time musical Hero ,but well up the list with his wide ranging innovative approach to Jazz music .Had the pleasure of seeing and Hearing him and band in Stoke on Trent England in the 1960s --- blasted out of my seat !! .
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Now this swings, always have loved Kenton's sound. They don't make like that anymore!!!!!
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Been a fan for over 60 years! Living in So. Cal had the good fortune to hear him in person many times at the Rendezvous in Balboa, the Hollywood Palladium and in concert at the Hollywood Bowl with Innovations - None Greater, EVER! Over the years met and became friends with many former sidemen, Shorty especially and both the Candoli's - Revsiited Back to Balboa in 1991 and 1994 and the Lighthouse - What a privilege to have lived in this age of really GREAT music with TALENTED musicians! Onl
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whose chart? Cmon, pandora! is it Holman??
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I attended two Stan Kenton Jazz Clinics in Springfield MO. in 1977 and 1978. Our pianist took sick in 1978 and Stan himself sat in for our rehearsals and our Friday night concert. He was not only a true professional , but just one heck of a nice guy. I will never forget the experience of sitting in on clinics and rehearsals all day and getting a Stan Kenton Concert every night. I'm sure there a many great players out there today who can list those clinics as a major milestone in their career!
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I had the pleasure of meeting and having a cup of coffee with Stan back around 1970. He appeared at the college where I was teaching and I was pretty much in charge of his appearance at that venue. A true gentleman and a fantastic musician from my standpoint, he did a performance that night that was, as I had heard before, an amazing experience. I am sure that his harmonic and arranging legacy will live for a long time, as it should.
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I have been in love with jazz since I was 9 or 10 and one of my earliest memories was listening to Stan Kenton during WW II (dates me doesn't it) when he was broadcasting from Hermosa Beach, I believe, and we could only receive it on Saturday mornings. Then as now I believe he was one of the most creative and innovative musicians in the jazz genre.
His West Side Story were so innovative and interpreted the music so well that Leonard Bernstein wished he could have used them for the movie version
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It was 1956, I was 15 years old and living in Mannheim, Germany. I had the opportunity to see Stan Kenton mit seiner 'Big Band' perform at the legendary Rosengarten (As in Mozart and the Mannheim School). While my contemporari e s were into Elvis, Stan the Man was my god. And why wouldn't the father of progressive jazz' not be? Almost 20 years later, I took my new wife to Disneyland and lo and behold none other than Stan Kenton was holding forth at an outside gazebo just off of Main Street.
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Saw Kenton live a couple of times in the 70s. Still creating new stuff and as always, bring in young talent to stay in touch with the times. Saw him in Seattle and he had just brought a local college kid into the band.

His use of dynamics if nothing else set him apart. Whispering one minute, then blowing the brass off.
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He was so creative with the use of five saxes, five trombones, five trumpets. Brass at its best. It could be loud and it could be mellow. He had such great talent. I first heard his band in the 1950s in high school and have truly enjoyed all of his music since. Wish I had gotten to a Kenton concert. What a creative talent!
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One of the saddest things about Kenton Les Brown, Woody Herman, and all the great cats who are now gone is we didn't appreciate them enough when we danced to them and played their charts in our swing and jazz groups. Genius only truly appreciated after they die!
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Kenton & his music - my life long passion. I went on a mission to collect all of his recordings. Thought I had almost acomplished it when I discovered that there are always more bootleg editions coming out and obscure clips being discovered. He was the funk or hip-hop of the 40's & 50's.
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My high school had a clinic w/ Mr. Kenton and band back in 1979. Totally cool experience.
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I'm still hoping someone can shed some light on what Stan is yelling - and at whom? - in "We'll be Together Again."
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I got to see/hear SK record a Christmas album in a Sam Goldwyn sound stage with incredible brass (mellophoniu m s , flugelhorns, etc.) and great arrangements by Ralph Carmichael, among others. Looked for but never saw the date released by Capital... 'til decades later I found the recording by accident on a cassette sales rack in a Houston car wash! Took unknowing friends to see/hear him in a theater-in-t h e - r o u n d shortly before his passing. Kid I taught to play clarinet in H.S. played in one of his
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I've been a fan since 1947 time frame when I first saw the Kenton Band live. I then had a chance to meet him during one of his experimental jazz concerts in the mid 50's
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Listen to Stan Kenton's "Willow Weep for Me", then listen to Terence Blanchard, sounds like Terence might have got some input from Stan.
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you know it's good when they make it sound easy to do
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The Columbia Reds, one of my earliest exposures to jazz and big bands. Truly my favorites over all. Apple Honey is now playing.
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A true master of Jazz.
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Stan Kenton was one of the greatest progressive jazz musicians with tremendous imagination in his creative masterpiece arrangements and has been an outstanding teacher for many young musicians playing in big bands today. His screaming trumpet sections have all been fantastic. An outstanding artist this "STAN KENTON". Member Jim Davidson
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He came to our hometown (Rochester NY) in 1954, in top form. I was already in love with him and his style and he's been my standard ever since. I listend to his records constantly - especially Artistry in Rhythm - and got to the point of instantly recognizing Conte Condoli, Maynard Ferguson (a no-brainer), Frank Rosolino (tragic guy) and Gene Krupa no matter whose band they were with later on.
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All I know is I met Stan Kenton once. His band arrived and left in a bus from Mission Bay High School, San Diego in maybe 1974 or 75. I shook hands with him. He was very tall, very ingratiating and had the biggest damn hands I ever shook. I knew as soon as he shook my hand that this man could cover the keyboard with the best. Might have even been a hell of basketball player. It was a Bright Moment.
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Has anyone figured out what Kenton is yelling on "We'll be Together Again" (Road Band, '58)? About halfway through, Kenton (I assume)start s giving loud instructions - to the saxes? The janitor? Anyone understand it?
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Stan Kenton---goo d musik
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Another note, Stan Kenton became frustrated and increasingly soured over changes in the music scene and took to drinking heavily, on one of his appearances late in his career,he took to cursing in his introduction s , a fall in the parking lot later and striking his head, he was never the same and his recall and ability to perform were lost. A Sad end like so many others of one of the Major talents in Jazz. He was married to Singer Ann Richards who was also one of the Singers in his Orchestra.
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Not Enough can be said or stressed of the impact Stanley Newcomb Kenton (1912-1979) had on modern music..funny recollection Buddy Childers had about Kenton Looking for another trumpet player and being told of Shorty Rogers,(he was from Woody Herman's Third Herd, Is he a dope fiend? No he sends every dime home to Margie and the Kids He's too cheap to think of scoring! Despite literally throwing Howard Rumsey off the bandstand in 1941 over how to play a tune, they remained life long friends.
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One of my favorite jazz listening music orchestras
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love this song! no matter who plays it
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Stan Kenton was the greatest. I used to go to Balboa to hear him in the 50's. I loved every minute of it.
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I'm 14 and I love swing. I think everything back then was a lot easier. But how would I know. I'm just a kid. 8-<
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I danceed to his music in my early twenties; memorable, and lost memory Pandora has restored to enliven my twilight leg keeps pumping. Great music, great musician. Too bad their likes haven't been ressurected for a mostly tone deaf generation.
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One of the greatest innovational jazz artists of the twentieth century. Kenton cut a new path in Jazz Orchestratio n and artistry. There has not been another like him in this respect. He allowed relatively unknown artists of his time to display their talents in a new and exciting way. His band arrangements and musical presentation s were, and still are; exciting, well balanced, and fully musical.
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This (also) may read like a blog. (I hope it doesn't) Stan Kenton, his excitment of the unique music which defines him really got my attention 20 yrs. B4 I ever met him. - About 1968 He asked meto drive him to Santa Monica. On the way I asked, 'where are we goni'? His reply was one word: 'Synanon' Much to my further amazment, in 1972 I was the lover of his teenage daughter, Dana Kenton! (True story)

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Stan Kenton was a musician, composer, & inovator who led an exceptional
orchestra with great arrangements unequaled to this date.
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The Johnny Richards period was definitely one of the major high points of the Kenton output and my own favorite. Where would we be without "Uncle Stanley"?
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