Stan Kenton: Opus in Beige


Opus in Beige


Stan Kenton (piano)


Contemporary Concepts (Blue Note 42310)

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Stan Kenton (piano), Kent Larsen (trombone), Bill Perkins (tenor sax),

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

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