Stan Kenton: Eager Beaver


Eager Beaver


Stan Kenton (piano)


Kenton In Hi-Fi (Capitol B2-98451)

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Stan Kenton (piano), Vido Musso (tenor sax solo),

Ed Leddy, Maynard Ferguson, Vinnie Tano, Pete Candoli, Don Paladino (trumpets), Carl Fontana, Bob Fitzpatrick, Milt Bernhart, Kent Larsen, Don Kelly (trombones), Lennie Niehaus, Arthur “Skeets” Herfurt (alto saxes), Bill Perkins, Spencer Sinatra (tenor saxes), Jack Nimitz (baritone sax), Stan Kenton (piano), Ralph Blaze (guitar), Don Bagley (bass), Mel Lewis (drums)


Composed and arranged by Stan Kenton


Recorded: Hollywood, February 12, 1956


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

In 1943, Stan Kenton vied for personnel with the military draft. Kenton was a formidable presence, but no match for Uncle Sam. Uncle Stan decided a trademark tune la Glenn Miller's "In the Mood" would help him survive the war even with raw recruits. Thus was born "Eager Beaver," a term that had lately gained currency to describe raw recruits anxious to please their drill sergeants. This track, Drill Sgt. Kenton's 1956 remake, boasts musicians and recording quality superior to his 1943 original, but in either case "Eager Beaver" is a fitting tribute to the industriousness of North America's largest rodent (and Oregon's official mammal).

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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  • 1 Phil B Smith // May 12, 2009 at 06:11 PM
    I bought this LP in the 50's and its still as fresh a piece of music you will ever hear....It is probably the greatest LP ever recorfed, If you get the chance to buy it, BUY it, you will not be dissapointed............PERFECTION IN A GROOVE
  • 2 Frank D // Jun 05, 2009 at 05:05 AM
    First heard this played by a drum and bugle corps in NYC, the St. Catherine's Queensmen, in 1961. They did it justice, and turned me on to Stan.