Stan Kenton: La Guera Baila


La Guera Baila


Stan Kenton (piano)


Cuban Fire! (Capitol Jazz 96260)

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Stan Kenton (piano), Lennie Niehaus (alto sax), Gene Baltazar (alto sax), Bill Perkins (tenor sax), Lucky Thompson (tenor sax), Billy Root (baritone sax), Carl Fontana (trombone), Sam Noto (trumpet), Curtis Counce (bass), Mel Lewis (drums),

Marvin Holliday (baritone sax), Ed Leddy, Lee Katzman, Phil Gilbert, Al Mattaliano (trumpet); Vinnie Tano (trumpet, flugelhorn), Bob Fitzpatrick, Kent Larsen (trombone); Irving Rosenthal, Julius Watkins (french horn); Jay McAllister (tuba), Gene Roland (mellophone); Ralph Blaze (guitar); Pete Chivily (bass); Art Anton (drums), Tommy Lopez, George Acevedo (congas); George Laguna (timbales), Roger Mozian (claves), Mario Alvarez (maracas)


Composed by Johnny Richards


Recorded: New York, NY, May 23, 1956


Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

I love the entire Cuban Fire Suite. In fact, I love all of the music that Johnny Richards wrote for the Kenton band. This album represents one of the first and finest fusions of jazz and Afro-Cuban music. This ballad features wonderful solos. Mel Lewis’s drumming throughout is, as always, perfect. My professor from college, George Gaber, plays timpani on several tracks of the album. For power combined with lyricism, this is hard to beat.

Reviewer: Peter Erskine (for Desert Island Dozens)

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