Stan Kenton: Fascinating Rhythm
Stan Kenton (piano)
Sketches on Standards (Capitol Jazz 34070)
Buddy Childers, Maynard Ferguson, Conte Candoli, Don Dennis, Ruben McFall (trumpets); Bob Burgess, Bill Russo, Keith Moon, George Roberts (trombones); Vinnie Dean (alto sax), Bob Gioga (baritone sax), Sal Salvador (guitar), Don Bagley (bass), Stan Levey (drums).
Composed by George & Ira Gershwin. Arranged by Bill Russo.
Recorded: Los Angeles, January 30, 1953
Rating: 96/100 (learn more)
Updating the Kenton dance book was a wise idea, especially when Bill Russo became the main architect of New Concepts of Artistry in Rhythm. Russo's orchestral studies on classic standards sounded like notated improvisations in some cases. "Fascinating Rhythm" pits a small group against the big band for a classic call-and-response approach, plus solos by Rosolino, Kamuca, Konitz and Holman. This arrangement was later set for voices by Ward Swingle's Singers.
Reviewer: Jeff Sultanof