Stan Kenton: Eager Beaver
Stan Kenton and His Orchestra
Stan Kenton Retrospective (Capitol 97350)
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).
Composed by Stan Kenton.
Recorded: Hollywood, November 19, 1943
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