Stan Kenton: 23 Degrees North, 82 Degrees West


23 Degrees North, 82 Degrees West


Stan Kenton (piano)


New Concepts in Artistry in Rhythm (Capitol Jazz 92865)

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Stan Kenton (piano), Lee Konitz (alto sax), Frank Rosolino (trombone),

Buddy Childers, Maynard Ferguson, Conte Candoli, Don Dennis, Ruben McFall (trumpets); Bob Burgess, Bill Russo, Keith Moon, George Roberts (trombones); Vinnie Dean (alto sax), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (tenor saxes); Bob Gioga (baritone sax), Sal Salvador (guitar), Don Bagley (bass), Stan Levey (drums), Denon Kenneth Walton (bongos)


Composed by Bill Russo


Recorded: Chicago, IL, September 11, 1952


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

The title denotes the coordinates for Cuba, and Russo would later say that this was one of his better pieces. George Roberts would suggest to Nelson Riddle that a variant of the percussive bass trombone line be used as a transition in the arrangement of "I've Got You Under My Skin" for Frank Sinatra. Also interesting is Russo's use of 7/4 time after Konitz's solo, and how it flawlessly switches back to 4/4 without calling attention to itself. Rosolino also solos in this track. A short trumpet solo for Candoli was cut, although Russo later restored it for his own Chicago Jazz Ensemble—then cut it again in later performances.

Reviewer: Jeff Sultanof

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