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Live at Redlands University

Stan Kenton and His Orchestra

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Album Review

This double album is pretty definitive of Stan Kenton's later orchestras. Few of the musicians ever became even minor names; not counting veteran saxophonist Willie Maiden, trumpeters Mike Vax and Warren Gale, trombonist Dick Shearer and drummer John Von Ohlen are the only recognizable players. The arrangements are generally workmanlike and sometimes dramatic but rarely memorable (those of Bill Holman and Willie Maiden excepted) and the old favorite "Peanut Vendor" (here renamed "More Peanut Vendor") gets the most spirited performance. By this point Stan Kenton had so influenced the college stage band movement (and was largely forced economically to use younger musicians) that his orchestra itself sounded like one of the faceless college orchestras. Still, these versions of "Artistry in Rhythm" and "Granada" make up in emotion for the general lack of creative spontaneity and should satisfy fans of those anonymous student big bands.

Customer Reviews

Know of What You Speak...!

The first review for this album is so far from reality and is an embarrassment to Mr. Kenton and the quality musicians who played on this session. The only High School musicians on this recording were in the audience applauding, while spending the day with the Kenton sidemen, as it was a jazz clinic for young players both high school & college alike. As the album states, it was recorded at, Redlands University in northern California. As for the compositions, I would agree that the Bill Holman & Ken Hanna charts are the standouts but the entire album evokes an emotional level unknown to most jazz big band albums. This album is a classic in the Kenton realm and is a must have for all Kenton fans. No one plays, "Here's That Rainy Day" in a more pensive, gut-wrenching style, ending with that Kenton Tour de Force, for which he is so famous. It is Kenton's trademark and he began most concerts with this piece. Yes, it is a trombone showcase, which is another Kenton trademark. In any event, listen to this album before you make reckless comments in regard to musicianship, Kenton's lack of funding for quality musicians and naming and giving credit to only a few compositions. I have been listening to this album since it was released back in the 70s and each time I listen, I hear something new and even more exciting. There will never, ever be another Stan Kenton. Filmshooter Stamford, CT

Live At Redlands University

The live, instrumental version of "Hey Jude" is worth the price of the album just to hear it! If you're a fan of stratospheric trumpet work in the vein of Maynard Ferguson, or Chase, it's a real thrill.

Excerpt from the CD insert:

This two-record album was recorded live at a special concert at Redlands University under the most unique circumstances. Unique because the audience consisted of student musicians, music educators, and the teaching staff which had gathered for this year's week of "Kenton Classics."...

The "Jazz Orchestra In Residence" concept evolved from the many fruitful and informative years of the "Kenton Classics." This new idea places the full Kenton Orchestra in a college or university for three days to a week, where they work in conjunction with the music and humanities department as a closely related and integrated extension of both. By exposing students to the professional standards of actual performing demonstrations, the band creates exciting examples that establish goals for the young musicians to pursue.

Outstanding Artistry in Kenton!

Please ignore the iTunes Reviewer on this classic concert of Kentonia. This is Stan at the top of his game in every respect. Some of the other purchasers have mentioned the composers of the charts but please don't overlook the magnificent Hank Levy chart "Chiapas." Hank wrote for Stan up to and including his last studio LP, "Journey to Capricorn (also on iTunes and a monster album)." Levy and my old pal Willie Maiden as well as Ken Hanna and the legendary Bill Holman seal this deal. As for the Kenton standby "Here's That Rainy Day" let me just say that in the Kenton biography "Straight Ahead" the author notes that the student trombone players, in the audience, sat with their mouths agape at hearing the trombone section play so beautifully at a tempo at which a trombone was never meant to be played...you simply can't play a trombone this slowly, in a five man section, and make it work unless your name is Stan Kenton. This concert came at the end of one of Stan's week long college clinics for budding jazz musicians and those of us who only had to drive three hours, each way, to get there. This concert really shows off Warren Gale's lip and technique as well as that of Mike Vax and "Baron" Von Ohlen on drums not to mention the tight and expected Kenton section work. This is jazz as art music...and that's what Stan was going for. Just buy it. It's classic big band jazz.

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