Stan Kenton: Unison Riff
Stan Kenton and His Orchestra
The Best of Stan Kenton (Capitol CDP 7243 8 31504 2 7)
Stan Kenton (piano), Buddy Childers (trumpet), Ray Wetzel (trumpet), Al Porcino (trumpet), Chico Alvarez (trumpet), Milt Bernhart (trombone), Eddie Bert (trombone), Harry Forbes (trombone), Art Pepper (alto sax), Bob Cooper (tenor sax), Bob Gioga (baritone sax), Laurindo Almeida (guitar), Eddie Safranski (bass), Shelly Manne (drums),
Ken Hanna (trumpet), Harry Betts (trombone), Bart Varsalona (bass trombone), Warner Weidler (tenor sax), Jack Costanzo (bongos).
Composed by Pete Rugolo.
Recorded: Hollywood, CA, October 22, 1947
Rating: 93/100 (learn more)
Even though Kenton led a composer/arranger’s band in many ways, a number of his musicians later became major jazz personalities. Rugolo wrote both abstract compositions which established him as an important American composer, as well as riff-based, harmonically interesting pieces that inspired soloists and got the dancers’ feet going. Wetzel (muted), Kenton (with Costanzo), Pepper (who’d been a member of the band back in 1943 before being drafted), Safranski, Alvarez and Bert make the most of their solo opportunities.
Reviewer: Jeff Sultanof