Stan Kenton: All About Ronnie
All About Ronnie
Stan Kenton and His Orchestra
Stan Kenton Retrospective (Capitol 97350)
Stan Kenton (piano), Ernie Royal (trumpet), Conte Candoli (trumpet), Frank Rosolino (trombone), Lee Konitz (alto sax), Bill Holman (tenor sax), Richie Kamuca (tenor sax), Don Bagley (bass), Stan Levey (drums), Chris Connor (vocals),
Don Dennis (trumpet), Don Smith (trumpet), Bob Burgess (trombone), Tom Shepard (trombone), Keith Moon (trombone), George Roberts (bass trombone), Vinnie Dean (alto saxophone), Hank Levy (baritone saxophone), Sal Salvador (guitar).
Arranged by Bill Russo. Composed by Joe Greene.
Recorded: Chicago, May 25, 1953
Rating: 94/100 (learn more)
Chris Connor was recommended to Kenton by June Christy. Connor did not stay very long, but her stint with the band made a good send-off to a solo career that continues at this writing. Featured here on one of Joe Greene’s better efforts, Connor delivers a sultry performance against a lovely Russo setting, with Candoli contributing an excellent muted solo. This track also proves that Kenton could deliver commercial pop hits in addition to his more experimental repertoire.
Reviewer: Jeff Sultanof