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Customer Reviews

Stan Kenton Clearwater Jazz Series

The days represented in this music were GREAT days! So glad to have been a witness to such great music created by one of the most important figures in jazz music...America's musical gift to the world...from the moody, multi-layered emotive arrangements of Ken Hanna, to Hank Levy's interesting rhythmic treatments to Kenton's own signature pieces...this is music to believe in!

Biography

Born: December 15, 1911 in Wichita, KS

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

There have been few jazz musicians as consistently controversial as Stan Kenton. Dismissed by purists of various genres while loved by many others, Kenton ranks up there with Chet Baker and Sun Ra as jazz's top cult figure. He led a succession of highly original bands that often emphasized emotion, power, and advanced harmonies over swing, and this upset listeners who felt that all big bands should aim to sound like Count Basie. Kenton always had a different vision. Kenton played in the 1930s in...
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