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Stan Kenton

A hero to his sidemen and fans, if not all critics, Stan Kenton led one of the loudest, boldest bands in jazz till his death in 1979. Geoffrey Smith surveys his famous innovations.

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Sun 7 Oct 2018 00:00

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  • Stan Kenton

    Artistry Jumps

    Composer: Kenton Performers: Buddy Childers, Ray Wetzel, John Anderson, Russ Burgher, Bob Lymperis, t; Freddie Zito, Jimmy Simms, Milt Kabak, tb; Bart Varsalona, btb; Al Anthony, Boots Mussulli, as; Vido Musso, Bob Cooper, ts; Bob Gioga, bs; Stan Kenton, p; Bob Ahern, g; Eddie Safranski, b; Ralph Collier, d. 30 October 1945

    • The Stan Kenton Story.
    • Proper.
    • P1149; Tr.19 (2.39).
  • Stan Kenton

    The Peanut Vendor

    Composer: Simons, Sunshine, Gilbert Performers: Buddy Childers, Ray Wetzel, Al Porcino, Chico Alvarez, Ken Hanna, tp; Milt Bernhart, Eddie Bert, Harry Betts, Harry Forbes, tb; Bart Varsalona, btb; George Weidler, Art Pepper, as; Bob Cooper, Warner Weidler, as; Bob Gioga, bs; Stan Kenton, p; Laurindo Almeda, g; Eddie Safranski, b; Shelly Manne, d; Jack Costanzo, bgo; Carlos Vidal, cga; Jose Mangual, timbales, cowbell; Machito, maracas. 6 December 1947

    • The Stan Kenton Story.
    • Proper.
    • P1152; Tr. 18 (2.42).
  • Stan Kenton

    Intermission Riff

    Composer: Wetzel Performers: Performers: Buddy Childers, Ray Wetzel, John Anderson, Russ Burgher, Bob Lymperis, t; Freddie Zito, Jimmy Simms, Milt Kabak, tb; Bart Varsalona, btb; Al Anthony, Boots Mussulli, as; Vido Musso, Bob Cooper, ts; Bob Gioga, bs; Stan Kenton, p; Bob Ahern, g; Eddie Safranski, b; Ralph Collier, d. 14 January 1946

    • The Stan Kenton Story.
    • Proper.
    • P1150. Tr. 13 (3.14).
  • Stan Kenton

    Interlude

    Composer: Rugolo, Russell Performers: Milt Bernhart, Eddie Bert, Harry Betts, Harry Forbes, tb; Bart Varsalona, btb; Stan Kenton, p; Laurindo Almedia, g; Eddie Safranski, b; Shelly Manne, d; Pete Rugolo, arr. 22 December 1947

    • The Stan Kenton Story.
    • Proper.
    • P 1152. Tr. 25 (3.09).
  • Stan Kenton

    Concerto to End all Concertos

    Composer: Kenton Performers: Buddy Childers, Ray Wetzel, Chico Alvarez, John Anderson, Ken Hanna, tp; Kai Winding, Harry Forbes, Miff Sines, tb; Bart Varsalona, btb; Al Anthony, Boots Mussulli, as; Vido Musso, Bob Cooper, ts; Bob Gioga, bs; Stan Kenton, p; Bob Ahern, g; Eddie Safranski, b; Shelly Manne, d. 26 July 1946.

    • The Stan Kenton Story.
    • Proper.
    • P1151; Tr.11 (6.19).
  • Stan Kenton

    Tampico

    Composer: Roberts, Fisher Performers: John Carroll, Buddy Childers, John Anderson, Mel Green, t; Gene Roland, t, arr; Freddie Zito, Milt Kabak, Marshall Ocker, tb; Bart Varsalona, btb; Bob Lively, Boots Mussulli, as; Joe Magro, Dave Madden, ts; Bob Gioga, bs; Stan Penton, p; Bob Ahern, g; Max Wayne, b; Bob Varney, d; June Christy, v. 4 May 1945

    • The Stan Kenton Story.
    • Proper.
    • P1149. Tr. 14 (2.41).
  • Stan Kenton

    Willow Weep for Me

    Composer: Ronnell Performers: Buddy Childers, Ray Wetzel, Chico Alvarez, John Anderson, Ken Hanna, tp; Kai Winding, Harry Forbes, Miff Sines, tb; Bart Varsalona, btb; Al Anthony, Boots Mussulli, as; Vido Musso, Bob Cooper, ts; Bob Gioga, bs; Stan Kenton, p; Bob Ahern, g; Eddie Safranski, b; Shelly Manne, d; June Christy, v; Pete Rugolo, arr. 25 July 1946

    • The Stan Kenton Story.
    • Proper.
    • P1151. Tr. 9 (3.10).
  • Stan Kenton

    How High The Moon

    Composer: Hamilton, Lewis Performers: Buddy Childers, Ray Wetzel, Al Porcino, Chico Alvarez, Ken Hanna, Dizzy Gillespie, t; Milt Bernhart, Eddie Bert, Harry Betts, Harry Forbes, Bill Harris, tb; Bart Varsalona, btb; Flip Philips, ts; Buddy De Franco, cl; George Weidler, Art Pepper, as; Bob Cooper, Warner Weidler, as; Bob Gioga, bs; Stan Kenton, Nat Cole p; Billy Bauer, Laurindo Almeida, g; Eddie Safranski, b; Shelly Manne, d; Jack Costanzo, bgo; June Christy, v; Carlos Vidal, cga. 21 December 1947

    • The Stan Kenton Story.
    • Proper.
    • P1152. Tr. 24 (2.27).
  • Stan Kenton

    Young Blood

    Composer: Gerry Mulligan Performers: Vinne Dean, Lee Konitz, as; Richie Kamuca, Bill Holman, ts; Bob Gioga, bs; Bob Burgess, Frank Rosolino, Bill Russo, Keith Moon, tb; George Roberts, btb; Conte Candoli, Buddy Childers, Maynard Ferguson, Ruben McFall, Don Dennis, t; Sal Salvador, g; Don Bagley, b; Stan Levey, d; Stan Kenton, p; Gerry Mulligan, arr. 10 September 1952

    • Retrospective.
    • Capitol.
    • CDP 797351/54. D2, Tr. 11 (3.12).
  • Stan Kenton

    Lover Man

    Composer: Ramirez, Davis, Sherman Performers: Vinne Dean, Lee Konitz, as; Richie Kamuca, Bill Holman, ts; Bob Burgess, Frank Rosolino, Bill Russo, Keith Moon, tb; George Roberts, btb; Conte Candoli, Buddy Childers, Maynard Ferguson, Ruben McFall, Don Dennis, t; Sal Salvador, g; Don Bagley, b; Stan Levey, d; Stan Kenton, p. Bill Russo, arr. 28 January 1953

    • Retrospective.
    • Capitol.
    • CDP 797351/54 2. D 2, Tr. 14 (2..
  • Stan Kenton

    Thermopolae

    Composer: Bob Graettinger Performers: Performers: Buddy Childers, Ray Wetzel, Al Porcino, Chico Alvarez, Ken Hanna, tp; Milt Bernhart, Eddie Bert, Harry Betts, Harry Forbes, tb; Bart Varsalona, btb; George Weidler, Art Pepper, as; Bob Cooper, Warner Weidler, as; Bob Gioga, bs; Stan Kenton, p; Laurindo Almeida, g; Eddie Safranski, b; Shelly Manne, d; Jack Costanzo, bgo; Carlos Vidal, cga; Jose Mangual, timbales, cowbell, Machito, maracas. 6 December 1947

    • The Stan Kenton Story.
    • Proper.
    • P1152. Tr. 19 (2.51).
  • Stan Kenton

    Blues in Burlesque

    Composer: Ferguson, Manne Performers: John Howell, Maynard Ferguson, Conte Candoli, Stu Williamson, John Coppola, t; Bob Fitzpatrick, Harry Betts, Dick Kenney, Bill Russo, tb; George Roberts, btb; Stan Fletcher, tu; Bud Shank, Art Pepper, as; Bob Cooper, Bart Calderall, ts; Bob Gioga, bs; Stan Kenton, p; Ralph Blaze, g; Don Bagley, b; Shelly Manne, d, v; Jack Costanzo, bgo . 20 September 1951,

    • N/A.
    • Capitol.
    • CL13650 (1); Tr.1-2 (4.44).
  • Stan Kenton

    La Suerte de los Tontos

    Composer: Richards Performers: Ed Leddy, Sam Noto, Lee Katzman, Phil Gilbert, Al Mattaliano, t; Vinnie Tano, t, flg; Bob Fitzpatrick, Carl Fontana, Kent Larsen, Don Kelly, tb; Irving Rosenthal, Julius Watkins, frh; Jay McAllister, tu; Lennie Niehaus, as; Bill Perkins, Lucky Thompson, ts; Billy Root, bs; Stan Kenton, p; Ralph Blaze, g; Curtis Counce, b; Mel Lewis, d; Saul Gubin or George Gaber, tympani; Willie Rodriguez, bgo; Tommy Lopez, cga; George Laguna, timbale; Roger Mozian, claves; Mario Alvarez, maracas. May 1956

    • Cuban Fire.
    • Capitol.
    • CDP7962602 (1); Tr. 6 (4.15).
  • Stan Kenton

    I've Got You Under My Skin

    Composer: Porter Performers: Lennie Niehaus, Charlie Mariano, as; Dave Van Kriedt, Bill Perkins, ts; Don Davidson, bs; Carl Fontana, Bob Fitzpatrick, Kent Larsen, Gus Chappell, tb; Don Kelly, btb; Al Porcino, Sam Noto, Stu Wiliamson, Ed Leddy, Bobby Clark, t; Ralph Blaze, g; Max Bennett, b; Mel Lewis, d; Stan Lendon, ldr, Bill Holman, arr. 20 July 1955

    • Retrospective.
    • Capitol.
    • CDP 797351/54; D3, Tr. 1 (5.28).

Stan Kenton

Artistry Jumps

Stan Kenton

Proper P1149)

Buddy Childers, Ray Wetzel, John Anderson, Russ Burgher, Bob Lymperis, t; Freddie Zito, Jimmy Simms, Milt Kabak, tb; Bart Varsalona, btb; Al Anthony, Boots Mussulli, as; Vido Musso, Bob Cooper, ts; Bob Gioga, bs; Stan Kenton, p; Bob Ahern, g; Eddie Safranski, b; Ralph Collier, d.

 

The Peanut Vendor

Stan Kenton

Simons, Sunshine, Gilbert

Proper P1152

Buddy Childers, Ray Wetzel, Al Porcino, Chico Alvarez, Ken Hanna, tp; Milt Bernhart, Eddie Bert, Harry Betts, Harry Forbes, tb; Bart Varsalona, btb; George Weidler, Art Pepper, as; Bob Cooper, Warner Weidler, as; Bob Gioga, bs; Stan Kenton, p; Laurindo Almeda, g; Eddie Safranski, b; Shelly Manne, d; Jack Costanzo, bgo; Carlos Vidal, cga; Jose Mangual, timbales, cowbell; Machito, maracas.

 

Intermission Riff

Stan Kenton

Wetzel

Proper  P1150

 Buddy Childers, Ray Wetzel, John Anderson, Russ Burgher, Bob Lymperis, t; Freddie Zito, Jimmy Simms, Milt Kabak, tb; Bart Varsalona, btb; Al Anthony, Boots Mussulli, as; Vido Musso, Bob Cooper, ts; Bob Gioga, bs; Stan Kenton, p; Bob Ahern, g; Eddie Safranski, b; Ralph Collier, d.  

 

Interlude

Stan Kenton

Rugolo, Russell

Proper P 1152

Milt Bernhart, Eddie Bert, Harry Betts, Harry Forbes, tb; Bart Varsalona, btb; Stan Kenton, p; Laurindo Almedia, g; Eddie Safranski, b; Shelly Manne, d; Pete Rugolo, arr.

 

Concerto to End all Concertos

Stan Kenton

Proper P1151

 Buddy Childers, Ray Wetzel, Chico Alvarez, John Anderson, Ken Hanna, tp; Kai Winding, Harry Forbes, Miff Sines, tb; Bart Varsalona, btb; Al Anthony, Boots Mussulli, as; Vido Musso, Bob Cooper, ts; Bob Gioga, bs; Stan Kenton, p; Bob Ahern, g; Eddie Safranski, b; Shelly Manne, d. 26 July 1946. 

 

Tampico

Stan Kenton

Roberts, Fisher

Proper P1149

John Carroll, Buddy Childers, John Anderson, Mel Green, t; Gene Roland, t, arr; Freddie Zito, Milt Kabak, Marshall Ocker, tb; Bart Varsalona, btb; Bob Lively, Boots Mussulli, as; Joe Magro, Dave Madden, ts; Bob Gioga, bs; Stan Penton, p; Bob Ahern, g; Max Wayne, b; Bob Varney, d; June Christy, v.

 

Willow Weep for Me

Stan Kenton

Ronnell

Proper P1151

 Buddy Childers, Ray Wetzel, Chico Alvarez, John Anderson, Ken Hanna, tp; Kai Winding, Harry Forbes, Miff Sines, tb; Bart Varsalona, btb; Al Anthony, Boots Mussulli, as; Vido Musso, Bob Cooper, ts; Bob Gioga, bs; Stan Kenton, p; Bob Ahern, g; Eddie Safranski, b; Shelly Manne, d; June Christy, v; Pete Rugolo, arr.

 

How High The Moon

Stan Kenton

Hamilton, Lewis

Proper  P1152

Buddy Childers, Ray Wetzel, Al Porcino, Chico Alvarez, Ken Hanna, Dizzy Gillespie, t; Milt Bernhart, Eddie Bert, Harry Betts, Harry Forbes, Bill Harris, tb; Bart Varsalona, btb; Flip Philips, ts; Buddy De Franco, cl; George Weidler, Art Pepper, as; Bob Cooper, Warner Weidler, as; Bob Gioga, bs; Stan Kenton, Nat Cole p; Billy Bauer, Laurindo Almeida, g; Eddie Safranski, b; Shelly Manne, d; Jack Costanzo, bgo; June Christy, v; Carlos Vidal, cga.

 

Young Blood

Stan Kenton

Gerry Mulligan

Capitol  CDP 797351/54

 Vinne Dean, Lee Konitz, as; Richie Kamuca, Bill Holman, ts; Bob Gioga, bs; Bob Burgess, Frank Rosolino, Bill Russo, Keith Moon, tb; George Roberts, btb; Conte Candoli, Buddy Childers, Maynard Ferguson, Ruben McFall, Don Dennis, t; Sal Salvador, g; Don Bagley, b; Stan Levey, d; Stan Kenton, p; Gerry Mulligan, arr.

 

Lover Man

Stan Kenton

Ramirez, Davis, Sherman

Capitol CDP 797351/54

 Vinne Dean, Lee Konitz, as; Richie Kamuca, Bill Holman, ts; Bob Burgess, Frank Rosolino, Bill Russo, Keith Moon, tb; George Roberts, btb; Conte Candoli, Buddy Childers, Maynard Ferguson, Ruben McFall, Don Dennis, t; Sal Salvador, g; Don Bagley, b; Stan Levey, d; Stan Kenton, p. Bill Russo, arr.

 

Thermopolae

Stan Kenton

Bob Graettinger

Proper P1152

  Buddy Childers, Ray Wetzel, Al Porcino, Chico Alvarez, Ken Hanna, tp; Milt Bernhart, Eddie Bert, Harry Betts, Harry Forbes, tb; Bart Varsalona, btb; George Weidler, Art Pepper, as; Bob Cooper, Warner Weidler, as; Bob Gioga, bs; Stan Kenton, p; Laurindo Almeida, g; Eddie Safranski, b; Shelly Manne, d; Jack Costanzo, bgo; Carlos Vidal, cga; Jose Mangual, timbales, cowbell, Machito, maracas.

 

Blues in Burlesque

Stan Kenton

Ferguson, Manne

Capitol CL13650

 John Howell, Maynard Ferguson, Conte Candoli, Stu Williamson, John Coppola, t; Bob Fitzpatrick, Harry Betts, Dick Kenney, Bill Russo, tb; George Roberts, btb; Stan Fletcher, tu; Bud Shank, Art Pepper, as; Bob Cooper, Bart Calderall, ts; Bob Gioga, bs; Stan Kenton, p; Ralph Blaze, g; Don Bagley, b; Shelly Manne, d, v; Jack Costanzo, bgo .

 

La Suerte de los Tontos

Stan Kenton

Richards

Capitol CDP7962602

 Ed Leddy, Sam Noto, Lee Katzman, Phil Gilbert, Al Mattaliano, t; Vinnie Tano, t, flg; Bob Fitzpatrick, Carl Fontana, Kent Larsen, Don Kelly, tb; Irving Rosenthal, Julius Watkins, frh; Jay McAllister, tu; Lennie Niehaus, as; Bill Perkins, Lucky Thompson, ts; Billy Root, bs; Stan Kenton, p; Ralph Blaze, g; Curtis Counce, b; Mel Lewis, d; Saul Gubin or George Gaber, tympani; Willie Rodriguez, bgo; Tommy Lopez, cga; George Laguna, timbale; Roger Mozian, claves; Mario Alvarez, maracas.

 

I’ve Got You Under My Skin

Stan Kenton

Porter

Capitol CDP 797351/54

 Lennie Niehaus, Charlie Mariano, as; Dave Van Kriedt, Bill Perkins, ts; Don Davidson, bs; Carl Fontana, Bob Fitzpatrick, Kent Larsen, Gus Chappell, tb; Don Kelly, btb; Al Porcino, Sam Noto, Stu Wiliamson, Ed Leddy, Bobby Clark, t; Ralph Blaze, g; Max Bennett, b; Mel Lewis, d; Stan Lendon, ldr, Bill Holman, arr.

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