Stan Kenton: Frank Speaking


Frank Speaking (aka Frankly Speaking)


Stan Kenton (piano)


New Concepts of Artistry in Rhythm (Capitol 92865)

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Stan Kenton (piano), Buddy Childers (trumpet), Maynard Ferguson (trumpet), Conte Candoli (trumpet), Frank Rosolino (trombone), Bill Russo (trombone), Lee Konitz (alto sax), Bill Holman (tenor sax), Richie Kamuca (tenor sax), Bob Gioga (baritone sax), Don Bagley (bass), Stan Levey (drums),

Don Dennis (trumpet), Ruben McFall (trumpet), Bob Burgess (trombone), Keith Moon (trombone), George Roberts (bass trombone), Vinnie Dean (alto sax), Sal Salvador (guitar)


Composed by Bill Russo


Recorded: Chicago, September 10, 1952


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

By 1952, Kenton was leading an ensemble called “New Concepts of Artistry in Rhythm” and continued to attract excellent soloists and composers. Russo was the chief composer/arranger, although Gerry Mulligan and Johnny Richards contributed some important music to the band during this period. Russo was known for his deep, brooding studies for the orchestra, but he could write upbeat, swinging pieces as well, as shown by this feature for Rosolino, which starts off in medium tempo and then suddenly takes off in high gear with the soloist roaring.

Reviewer: Jeff Sultanof


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