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Album Review

For this late-period (1979) Stan Kenton recording, the bandleader decided to present five of his top soloists from the era: baritonist Roy Reynolds, Tony Campise (mainly on flute), trombonist Dick Shearer, drummer Peter Erskine and Ramon Lopez on congas. Kenton himself is featured on piano during two numbers, but none of his sidemen make very strong impressions and the orchestra on the whole sounds like an anonymous college stage band. Fire, Fury and Fun is a lesser effort although Erskine (and trumpeter Tim Hagans) would become far more notable in future years.

Customer Reviews

Those who can..Do!

Those who can't, write reviews! This album is a first class example of what real musicians can do. As to the sucker who wrote that review...hey, sorry about your childhood! really.

Who wrote this review?

Stan Kenton was an innovator and the consummate professional. What he did for the future of jazz may never be equalled. His years of dedication to young musicians as well as countless workshops and "jazz camps" for school-age players is the stuff of legend. How dare you smug, lifeless music "critics" pan every Kenton effort from the 70's as "one of those college stage bands". You obviously have no gift yourself. Creep! You have no taste either.


Just found this and am thrilled it's on iTunes 'cause my old vinyl version was toast a long time ago! I grew up listening to this album and the lead reviewer is missing the point of the album. It's a showcase of the solo chops in the band at that time - not an ensemble album. The charts would loose thier luster if the band was outplaying (arrangement-wise) the featured guys. Every guy in this band is capable of "killing" and those that should on this album - do. As one that also "does", I can say this album is an excellent look at the band, with one layer peeled back. Thanks to flammaster and cali61 for proper props!

Fire, Fury and Fun, Stan Kenton and His Orchestra
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