Stan Kenton: Recuerdos
Stan Kenton Orchestra
Cuban Fire (Capitol 962600)
Composed and arranged by Johnny Richards.
Recorded: New York, May 22, 1956
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