Stan Kenton: My Old Flame


My Old Flame


Stan Kenton and His Orchestra


Back to Balboa (Capitol Jazz 93094)

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Stan Kenton (piano), Sam Noto (trumpet), Vince DeRosa (French horn), Ken Shroyer (trombone), Lennie Niehaus (alto sax), Bill Perkins (tenor sax), Richie Kamuca (tenor sax),

Julius Chaikin (trumpet), Billy Catalano (trumpet), Lee Katzman (trumpet), Phil Gilbert (trumpet), Jimmy Decker (French horn), Bob Fitzpatrick (trombone), Kent Larsen (trombone), Archie LeCoque (trombone), Jim Amlotte (trombone), saxophone), Bill Robinson (baritone saxophone), Steve Perlow (baritone saxophone), Red Kelly (bass), Jerry McKenzie (drums)


Composed by Sam Coslow and Arthur Johnston. Arranged by Marty Paich


Recorded: Balboa Beach, CA, January 20, 1958


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

Those familiar with Marty Paich’s Dek-Tette and his recordings with Mel Tormé and Art Pepper might be surprised at this effective concert setting of a standard song from 1934 introduced by Mae West. Yet Paich loved writing such ambitious music for Kenton. (Marty had studied with Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Arnold Schoenberg, and earned a Masters Degree in composition.) Paich would contribute additional pieces and settings for Kenton as late as the ‘70s. Perkins and Noto solo in this recording made at the Rendezvous Ballroom.

Reviewer: Jeff Sultanof


  • 1 Dick Prosapio // Jan 11, 2008 at 03:21 AM
    I would put this album and this track right up next to Fuego Cubano anytime. It's a deep and rich arrangement played by some of the best musicians the Kenton band ever was home to. Marty Paich knew just how to write for the guys he knew so well, Niehaus, Perkins, Kamuka, Shroyer, This piece stays in my musical memory neck and neck with Suerte, Concerto, and Riff. (among so many others). This is classic Kenton and I'd have to "rate" it a 99 for sure...unless we're not giving out "A's" on principle.