Stan Kenton: Machito




Stan Kenton and His Orchestra


Stan Kenton Retrospective (Capitol 97350)

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Stan Kenton (piano), Buddy Childers (trumpet), Ray Wetzel (trumpet), Chico Alvarez (trumpet), Kai Winding (trombone), Milt Bernhart (trombone), Harry Forbes (trombone), Boots Mussulli (alto sax), Vido Musso (tenor sax), Bob Cooper (tenor sax), Bob Gioga (baritone sax), Eddie Safranski (bass), Shelly Manne (drums),

John Anderson (trumpet), Ken Hanna (trumpet), Skip Layton (trombone), Bart Varsalona (bass trombone), Eddie Meyers (alto sax), Bob Ahern (guitar), Ivan Lopez (bongo), Eugenio Reyes (maracas)


Composed by Pete Rugolo


Recorded: Hollywood, CA, March 31, 1947


Rating: 97/100 (learn more)

The Kenton bandís music attracted the finest young instrumentalists, as the band provided an excellent forum for new music. Pete Rugolo was this eraís chief composer/arranger, his work encompassing everything from pop songs to virtually anything he wanted to write. Stan loved the Machito Orchestra, and asked Rugolo to write something to dedicate to the Cuban maestro. The band first recorded this music in February without the bongos and maracas, but it is this performance that really crackles with excitement, one of the earliest instances of Afro-Cuban big band jazz on record. Solos are by Kenton, Winding, Alvarez, and a spectacular duet of Childers and Layton.

Reviewer: Jeff Sultanof

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