Stan Kenton: Hav-a-Havana
Stan Kenton (piano)
Kenton Showcase: The Music of Bill Holman (Capitol 526)
Stan Kenton (piano), Buddy Childers (trumpet), Sam Noto (trumpet), Stu Williamson (trumpet), Frank Rosolino (trombone), Charlie Mariano (alto sax), Bill Perkins (tenor sax), Don Bagley (bass), Stan Levey (drums), Candido (drums),
Vin Minichiello (trumpet), Don Smith (trumpet), Bob Fitzpatrick (trombone), Milt Gold (trombone), Joe Ciavardone (trombone), George Roberts (bass trombone), Dave Shildkraut (alto saxophone), Mike Cicchetti (tenor saxophone), Tony Farina (baritone saxophone), Bob Lesher (guitar).
Composed by Bill Holman.
Recorded: Hollywood, CA, March 2, 1954
Rating: 98/100 (learn more)
From a jazz standpoint, the ensemble Kenton led that featured the music of Willis Holman is the highpoint of Stanís career. Holman had been a student at Westlake College of Music, where he studied with Russell Garcia and Paul Villepigue. Regardless of his musicís complexity over the years, Holmanís art features linear beauty and coherence, balanced with sonic fullness without heaviness, and his early pieces betray the influence of Gerry Mulligan. The band loved Holmanís music, and it shows in the spirited performance of this Latin-based study. Holman relies on a simple motive (which never becomes a full melody), and demonstrates his early mastery by developing it into a nearly three-minute composition. Sam Notoís wonderful solo is icing on the cake.
Reviewer: Jeff Sultanof