Stan Kenton: You and the Night and the Music


You and the Night and the Music


Stan Kenton (piano)


Portraits on Standards (Blue Note 31571)

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Stan Kenton (piano), Conte Candoli (trumpet), Zoot Sims (tenor sax), Sal Salvador (guitar),

Buddy Childers, Ernie Royal, Don Dennis, Don Smith (trumpets); Frank Rosolino, Bob Burgess, Tom Shepherd, Keith Moon, George Roberts (trombones); Lee Konitz, Don Carone (alto saxes), Eddie Wasserman (tenor sax); Tony Ferina (baritone sax), Don Bagley (bass), Stan Levey (drums)


Composed by Arthur Schwartz & Howard Dietz. Arranged by Bill Russo


Recorded: Chicago, July 8, 1953


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

The influence of Bill Russo's teacher Lennie Tristano is reflected in this austere setting of the classic minor ballad. As with many of Russo's arrangements for the Kenton dance book, this offsets a small group against the big band with solos interspersed, in this case by Candoli (with mute), Sims, Bagley and Salvador. Russo would later form his own orchestra in New York in 1960, adding four cellos to the eight brass, five sax and three rhythm format, and in effect split the group into two small ensembles that played off each other.

Reviewer: Jeff Sultanof

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