Stan Kenton: Recuerdos

Track

Recuerdos

Group

Stan Kenton Orchestra

CD

Cuban Fire (Capitol 962600)

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Musicians:

Big band featuring soloists Lennie Niehaus (alto sax), Sam Noto (trumpet) and Carl Fontana (trombone)

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Composed and arranged by Johnny Richards

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Recorded: New York, May 22, 1956

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Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

Composer-arranger Johnny Richards’ seven-part suite (the original LP omitted one part for space reasons) for an expanded Stan Kenton Orchestra is one of the band’s most memorable albums. Its six added percussionists provide a compelling Afro-Cuban setting for Richards’ brilliant compositions. The reflective “Recuerdos (Reminiscences)” features especially lyrical solos by altoist Lennie Niehaus, trumpeter Sam Noto, and trombonist Carl Fontana, whose tuneful improvisation is a masterpiece of melodic craftsmanship.

Reviewer: David Franklin

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