Stan Kenton: The Peanut Vendor (alternative review)


El Manisero (The Peanut Vendor)


Stan Kenton (piano)


The Best of Stan Kenton (Capitol CDP 7243 8 31504 2 7)

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Stan Kenton (piano),

big band featuring Milt Bernhart (trombone) and Shelly Manne (drums)


Composed by Moises Simons; arranged by Stan Kenton


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

A Cuban song that was the USA's first Latin crossover hit (1931) gets a facelift from the much-maligned Stan Kenton. Love him or loathe him, Kenton was one of jazz's great showmen, the C.B. (Cast of Thousands!) DeMille of big bands. Over a constantly repeated 2-chord vamp, trombonist Milt Bernhart and a fantastic trumpet section led by Buddy Childers make "The Peanut Vendor" the most thrilling entry in the Ofay-Cuban jazz sweepstakes. Skeptics are advised to turn up the volume and be prepared to levitate. (Not recommended while driving; may set off airbags or other passive restraint systems.) Viva vendedor!

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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