Stan Kenton: Opus in Beige
Opus in Beige
Stan Kenton (piano)
Contemporary Concepts (Blue Note 42310)
Ed Leddy, Pete Candoli, Lee Katzman, Phil Gilbert, Don Palladino (trumpets); Bob Fitzpatrick, Jim Amlottte, Kenny Shroyer (trombones); Jay McAllister (tuba), Lennie Niehaus, Charlie Mariano (alto saxes); Richie Kamuca (tenor sax); Pepper Adams (baritone sax), Ralph Blaze (guitar), Don Bagley (bass), Mel Lewis (drums).
Composed by Gene Roland.
Recorded: Hollywood, CA, December 12, 1956
Rating: 82/100 (learn more)
Gene Roland first wrote for Kenton back in 1944, and not only contributed music for almost 30 years, but played trumpet, trombone and mellophonium with the band. Usually Roland's music is upbeat and swinging, but here he is in a more reflective mood, and the result is one of his loveliest pieces. Larsen and Perkins solo.
Reviewer: Jeff Sultanof