Stan Kenton: Young Blood


Young Blood


Stan Kenton (piano)


New Concepts in Artistry in Rhythm (Capitol Jazz 92865)

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Stan Kenton (piano), Conte Candoli (trumpet), Buddy Childers (trumpet), Lee Konitz (alto sax), Richie Kamuca (tenor sax),

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

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  • 1 Deak CLARK // Mar 28, 2009 at 08:44 PM
    I have great memories of this number played on juke boxes at Skegness, Lincolnshire UK when I was about 15 years. On the flip side was Round Robin another great Kenton number. They would be 78rpm records, a lifetime away