Stan Kenton: The Thrill Is Gone
The Thrill Is Gone
Stan Kenton (piano)
The Complete Studio Recordings of the Holman and Russo Charts (Mosaic MD4-136 [out of print])
Al Porcino, Ed Leddy, Sam Noto, Stu Williamson, Bob Clark (trumpets); Bob Fitzpatrick, Carl Fontana, Gus Chappell, Kent Larsen, Don Kelly (trombones); Lennie Niehaus, Charlie Mariano (alto saxes); Bill Perkins, Dave Van Kreidt (tenor saxes); Don Davidson (baritone sax), Ralph Blaze (guitar), Max Bennett (bass), Mel Lewis (drums).
Composed by Lew Brown and Ray Henderson. Arranged by Bill Holman.
Recorded: Chicago, IL, July 22, 1955
Rating: 82/100 (learn more)
Married to Kenton for a few years, Ann Richards has her fans and detractors as a singer. Many listeners feel that her best work was with the maestro's band. "The Thrill Is Gone" was recorded during the same sessions that produced one of the band's finest albums, Contemporary Concepts, so the band was in a good place musically and personally. Noto has a short solo, but the focus is on Richards, who does a good job with this difficult song.
Reviewer: Jeff Sultanof