Stan Kenton: Young Blood
Stan Kenton (piano)
New Concepts in Artistry in Rhythm (Capitol Jazz 92865)
Maynard Ferguson, Don Dennis, Ruben McFall (trumpets); Bob Burgess, Frank Rosolino, Bill Russo, Keith Moon, George Roberts (trombones); Vinnie Dean (alto sax), Bill Holman (tenor sax), Bob Gioga (baritone sax), Sal Salvador (guitar), Don Bagley (bass), Stan Levey (drums).
Composed by Gerry Mulligan.
Recorded: Chicago, IL, September 10, 1952
Rating: 96/100 (learn more)
Mulligan and Stan Kenton was an odd mix that didn't work out. Mulligan's music was light years away from Kenton's dynamic musical approach. (Kenton was always concerned that this type of music would make his band sound like Woody Herman's.) But the musicians loved Mulligan's charts and frequently requested his pieces during the last set of a gig. Candoli, Kamuca, Konitz and Childers have great solos, and the band really swings out. From his tenor sax chair, Bill Holman was listening carefully to Mulligan's linear writing and harmonic approach, and would write important pieces for Kenton soon after. Despite their differences, Kenton still played Mulligan's music as late as 1959.
Reviewer: Jeff Sultanof