Stan Kenton: Artistry in Rhythm


Artistry In Rhythm


Stan Kenton (piano)


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

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Stan Kenton (piano), Buddy Childers (trumpet), Art Pepper (alto sax),

Ray Borden, John Carroll, Karl George, Dick Morse (trumpet); Harry Forbes, George Faye, Bart Varsalona (trombone); Eddie Meyers (alto sax), Red Dorris, Maurice Beeson (tenor sax); Bob Gioga (baritone sax), Bob Ahern (guitar), Clyde Singleton (bass), Joe Vernon (drums)


Composed and arranged by Stan Kenton


Recorded: Hollywood, CA, November 19, 1943


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

To Stan Kenton, bigger was better. More instruments, expanded ranges, wider voicings, grand gestures, GREATER VOLUME. Everything about him was louder than life. (Did we say louder? Sorry, we meant larger. Listening to Kenton, it's tough to hear yourself think.) And manly? Oh, my dear! Derived from "Invocation to the Nymphs" in Ravel's ballet Daphnis et Chloé, "Artistry in Rhythm" is Stan's only known connection to nymphs. Verily, in the Dark Age before pharmacology vanquished erectile dysfunction, anyone with depleted virility had merely to touch a Kenton record to be restored to full functionality. "Artistry in Rhythm" is Viagra set to jazz.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz


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