Stan Kenton: Eager Beaver

Track

Eager Beaver

Group

Stan Kenton and His Orchestra

CD

Stan Kenton Retrospective (Capitol 97350)

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Musicians:

Stan Kenton (piano), Buddy Childers (trumpet), Art Pepper (alto sax),

Ray Borden, John Carroll. Karl George, Dick Morse (trumpet); Harry Forbes, George Faye (trombone); Bart Varsalona (bass trombone), Eddie Meyers (alto sax), Red Doris (tenor sax), Maurice Beeson (tenor sax), Bob Gioga (baritone sax), Clyde Singleton (bass), Joe Vernon (drums)

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Composed by Stan Kenton

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Recorded: Hollywood, November 19, 1943

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Rating: 85/100 (learn more)

Kenton formed his band in 1940 and played a successful 1941 summer season at the Rendezvous Ballroom in Balboa, California. Radio broadcasts and transcriptions heralded a new band with new ideas – sharp, accented offbeats and a driving swing which some found plodding. Above all, this was a LOUD band. Kenton’s early recordings for Decca were disappointing, but a new firm named Capitol Records signed the group. “Eager Beaver” was featured at the band’s first session for the label, and became a huge hit. Like many of Kenton’s riff-based compositions, this tune was infectious, easily remembered, and requested by listeners for years. This edition of the band was called “Artistry in Rhythm.”

Reviewer: Jeff Sultanof

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