Personnel: Stan Kenton (piano); Kay Brown (vocals); Lee Konitz, Vinnie Dean (alto saxophone); Richie Kamuca, Bill Holman (tenor saxophone); Bob Gioga (baritone saxophone); Conte Candoli, Buddy Childers, Maynard Ferguson, Don Dennis, Ruben Mcfall (trumpet); Bob Fitzpatrick, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Bill Russo (trombone); George Roberts (bass trombone); Sal Salvador (guitar); Don Bagley (bass); Stan Levey (drums); Derek Walton (percussion).
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois in September 1952.
Includes liner notes by Pete Welding.
Stan Kenton's 1952 Orchestra was a very interesting transitional band, still performing some of the complex works of the prior Innovations orchestra but also starting to emphasize swing. This CD contains the rather pompous "Prologue" and Bill Holman's complex "Invention for Guitar and Trumpet" (starring guitarist Sal Salvador and trumpeter Maynard Ferguson) but also Gerry Mulligan's boppish "Young Blood" and Bill Russo's features for trumpeter Conte Candoli ("Portrait of a Count"), trombonist Frank Rosolino ("Frank Speaking") and altoist Lee Konitz ("My Lady"). ~ Scott Yanow