This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Apr 30, Vincent Osborn rated it really liked it Shelves: biographymusic. It is a very detailed account of the great Stan Kenton years. My introduction to Stan Kenton and his Orchestra goes back to my high school days in a small southern MN town in the early s. I was learning the electric bass and my band director would play recordings of different jazz bands for me after school.
My first introduction to jazz was listening to Maynard Ferguson and I was hooked right then and there. After listening to all of his Maynard recordings he would then bring out recordings of some of the other great jazz bands like Basie, Ellington, Herman, etc.
All of which I instantly loved and my life in music was chosen at that time. This was the most amazing music I had ever heard! And even today it is still fresh and alive!
I was probably only 16 at the time, but what a great experience. I loved every moment of the 3-hour concert sitting in the front row only a few yards away from the piano and the man himself. During intermission Kenton just sat at the piano bench near the front of the stage and I sheepishly went up to him to get his autograph and talk to him. I was greeted with a warm smile, a short visit nothing I remember now and he signed the program I had with me something I will probably never find.
One goes to a concert and the band comes out from backstage, does their show and then disappears. No real intermissions, no mingling with the fans, just an impersonal performance that they do night Send In The Clowns - Stan Kenton And His Orchestra - Kenton 76 (Vinyl night. I want their experience to be more fulfilling than just hearing the music. For me, making those connections - like I had with Stan Kenton and many others at the Prom - is what music is all about. A long essay to illustrate how Kenton changed my life and why I stuck with the book to the end.
He toured with a frequently changing large ensemble for almost 40 years. I never really understood what he did because 1 there's a wide range of material, from Big Band to Latin to near Muzak EZ Listening and 2 Stan worked some of his most productive years through recording bans in the s and 3 Stan did not write his own music or arrangements. He played other people's music in arrangements he paid for.
Like a butterfly collector, Stan liked to have the loudest, highest trumpets on his bandstand, the louder and higher the better. He wanted a certain sound; large chunks of multiple trombones, saxophones and trumpets. His horns wore trusses to prevent herniating themselves pushing toward blast off. Stan preferred his audience to listen and think rather than dance. He spent decades forbidding his men to swing.
He wanted challenging, interesting, pulsing music as structurally tight as classical orchestral pieces that gave a little room for improvisation. Stan brought his big ears to listen and his checkbook to pay everybody, Album). My 5 Star rating is for myself, probably not a recommendation for you. I found this book instructive about which recordings to get and how to listen to them. I find the investment worthwhile as the listening has been great! Sep 12, David rated it liked it. You've gotta be a Kenton fan to stick it out through the pages of this painfully detailed paean to Kenton and his music.
I am a fan, and I did stick it out. Sparke has covered virtually every song, every concert, and every musician connected with the bandleader during his career. Unlike many recent biographies, this is no gossipy, sensationalized Send In The Clowns - Stan Kenton And His Orchestra - Kenton 76 (Vinyl the subject is treated with almost reverential respect.
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A heartwarming tale of an English minister and his family reunited at Christmas time. Their story includes a remembrance of their World War II trials. A protracted depiction of musician Album) Kenton 's career to date is presented. A pianist, he started performing in a small three piece combo specializing in dance music, they who played venues such as taxi dance halls.
He realized that making a name in the business meant writing special arrangements, which he began to do inwith singer June Christy providing vocals for his band. The band's success led to a country-wide tour of one night stops, playing at a variety of venue types.
The next step in the band's climb to success was playing in concert halls, where Jerry Gale added the extra dimension of dancing to the music. Written by Huggo. This is so different from the LP shorts from a decade earlier. There's a narrator talking about Kenton's career. Also, the music is different from the Big Band music of the 30s - it seems to be a bluesier type of jazz, a precursor of the jazz that would become more common in the 50s. June Christy is a good singer, but apparently, she's pretty much forgotten.
Gene Howard, another singer, seemed OK, but he seems pretty wooden on stage. The last number has Jerry? Gale dancing. SHE the credits has her appearing as HIMself doesn't really bring much to this musical short - she does some ballet-type moves and her dancing seems based on the music being played. For the most part, this is a decent introduction to Stan Kenton and the music he and his band were making just after WWII. If you are familiar with Kenton's music or just like jazz, this is a good short.
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