Product Description & Reviews
The always-ambitious Kenton orchestra became yet more so on this 1960 classic, expanding to 27 pieces and tackling a six-part suite written and arranged by Johnny Richards. A stellar array of soloists keep the Cuban fire raging as you hear Fuego Cubano; Carnival; Recuerdos; Quien Sabe; Early Hours , and more! Composer-arranger Johnny Richards created the music for this concept album, recorded in 1956. It required a very large band for its execution, combining Stan Kenton's usual brass emphasis with five Latin percussionists led by Willie Rodriguez on bongos. The results are admirable: music filled with heat and energy and sudden sharp contrasts in moods and voices. There are excellent solo contributions from a band that included trumpeter Sam Noto, trombonist Carl Fontana, and saxophonists Lennie Niehaus, Lucky Thompson, and Bill Perkins, but the real stars are Richards and the collective ensemble, who bring extraordinary precision and energy to a highly demanding score. The results are among the finest moments of Kenton's career, not only for the authentic use of Latin rhythmic elements but also for Richards's success in integrating extended composition techniques with jazz improvisers. The CD also includes five pieces by Richards and Gene Roland recorded in 1960 by the "Mellophonium" version of Kenton's orchestra. --Stuart Broomer
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|Item Weight:||0.2 pounds|
|Item Size:||4.9 x 0.4 x 0.4 inches|
|Package Weight:||0.18 pounds|
|Package Size:||4.97 x 0.54 x 0.54 inches|
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