Stan Kenton: Tiare




Stan Kenton (piano)


Live at Redlands University (Creative World STD-1015)

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Stan Kenton (piano),

Mike Vax, Jim Kartchner, Dennis Noday, Warren Gale, Joe Ellis (trumpets), Dick Shearer, Mike Jamieson, Fred Carter, Tom Bridges (trombones), Graham Ellis (tuba), Quin Davis (alto sax), Richard Torres, Norm Smith (tenor saxes), Willie Maiden, Jim Timlin (baritone saxes), Gary Todd (bass), John Von Ohlen (drums), Efrain Logreira (congas)


Composed by Ken Hanna


Recorded: Redlands University, Redlands, CA, August 4 & 5, 1970


Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

Like Gene Roland, Ken Hanna began writing for the Kenton band in 1944. He joined the trumpet section in 1946, and then led his own dance band during the '50s. (One of the band's albums was in the Stan Kenton Presents series on Capitol Records and is now very hard to find.) Long retired from music, he wrote "Tiare" for the Kenton Neophonic Ensemble in 1968, and rescored it slightly in 1970 for the touring band. Written in 4/4 + 3/4 (in effect, the piece is in 7), it opens dramatically, then becomes a romantic ballad with Shearer playing the melody. The remainder is played freely with a lovely solo by Davis, continues to build and then ends as dramatically as it began. Its success with audiences convinced Hanna to go back on the road with the old man, writing the finest music of his career.

Reviewer: Jeff Sultanof

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