Stan Kenton: Invention for Guitar and Trumpet


Invention for Guitar and Trumpet


Stan Kenton (piano)


New Concepts of Artistry in Rhythm (Capitol Jazz 92865)

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Stan Kenton (piano), Sal Salvador (guitar), Maynard Ferguson (trumpet),

Buddy Childers, Conte Candoli, Don Dennis, Ruben McFall (trumpets); Bob Burgess, Frank Rosolino, Bill Russo, Keith Moon, George Roberts (trombones); Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (alto saxes); Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (tenor saxes); Bob Gioga (baritone sax), Don Bagley (bass), Stan Levey (drums)


Composed by Bill Holman


Recorded: Chicago, IL, September 11, 1952


Rating: 84/100 (learn more)

Kenton first heard of Willis Holman when Gene Roland played Stan a recording of a 12-tone contrapuntal blues that Bill had written during his years at Westlake College of Music. After Holman joined the band on tenor sax, Kenton asked him to write a piece for Ferguson and Salvador. Holman was never happy with "Invention," but it features virtuoso playing from both participants. Holman became an important contributor to the band over the years, writing many compositions that band members often requested, arrangements for vocalists, and unique takes on standards culminating in an album called Contemporary Concepts that was one of Kenton's all-time best.

Reviewer: Jeff Sultanof

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