Stan Kenton: Elegy for Alto
Elegy for Alto
Stan Kenton and His Orchestra
Stan Kenton Retrospective (Capitol 97350)
Stan Kenton (piano), Buddy Childers (trumpet), Ray Wetzel (trumpet), Al Porcino (trumpet), Chico Alvarez (trumpet), Milt Bernhart (trombone), Eddie Bert (trombone), Bob Cooper (tenor sax), Laurindo Almeida (guitar), Eddie Safranski (bass), Shelly Manne (drums),
Ken Hanna (trumpet), Harry Betts (trombone), Harry Forbes (trombone), Bart Varsalona (bass trombone), George Weidler (alto sax), Frank Pappalardo (alto sax), Warner Weidler (tenor saxophone), Bob Gioga (baritone saxophone), Jack Costanzo (bongos).
Composed by Pete Rugolo.
Recorded: Hollywood, September 24, 1947.
Rating: 88/100 (learn more)
After disbanding his "Artistry in Rhythm" ensemble, Kenton reformed the band and called the resulting music "Progressive Jazz." Desiring to play concert tours rather than dance jobs, Stan allowed Rugolo a great deal of musical freedom, and listeners either embraced Kenton's new direction or argued that his band was pretentious, the music wasn't jazz, and it didn't swing. "Elegy for Alto" is through-composed in the then unusual time signature of 5/4. George Weidler is soloist.
Reviewer: Jeff Sultanof
Tags: odd time meters