Personnel includes: Stan Kenton (arranger, piano); Bill Holman, Gerry Mulligan, Gene Roland (arranger); Charlie Mariano, Lennie Niehaus (alto saxophone); Bill Perkins, Dave Van Kriedt (tenor saxophone); Don Davidson (baritone saxophone); Sam Noto, Stu Williamson, Al Porcino, Ed Leddy (trumpet); Carl Fontana, Bob Fitzpatrick, Gus Chappell, Kent Larsen (trombone); Ralph Blaze (guitar); Max Bennett (bass); Mel Lewis (drums).
Recorded at Universal Studios, Chicago, Illinois; Goldwyn Studios and Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, California on July 20 & 22, 1955 and February 9 & December 12, 1956. Includes liner notes by Michael Sparke.
Personnel: Stan Kenton (piano); Ralph Blaze (guitar); Lennie Niehaus, Charlie Mariano (alto saxophone); Richie Kamuca, Bill Perkins, Spencer Sinatra (tenor saxophone); Don Davidson, Jack Nimitz, Pepper Adams (baritone saxophone); Phil Gilbert, Bobby Clark , Don Paladino, Al Porcino, Pete Candoli, Sam Noto, Stu Williamson , Ed Leddy, Lee Katzman (trumpet); Fred Fox , Irving Rosenthal (French horn); Bob Fitzpatrick, Kent Larsen, Gus Chappell, Jim Amlotte, Carl Fontana (trombone); Don Kelly, Kenny Shroyer (bass trombone); Jay McAllister (tuba); Mel Lewis (drums).
Liner Note Author: Michael Sparke.
Recording information: Capitol studios, Los Angeles, CA (07/20/1955-12/12/1956); Goldwyn Studios, Los Angeles, CA (07/20/1955-12/12/1956); Universal Studios, Chicago, IL (07/20/1955-12/12/1956).
Arrangers: Gene Roland; Gerry Mulligan; Stan Kenton; Bill Holman.
This is one of the less important Stan Kenton LP reissues on Creative World. Six veteran standards (all arranged by Bill Holman) and Gerry Mulligan's "Limelight" (with a chart from its composer) were adapted for the 1955 Stan Kenton Orchestra; all but "Limelight" are currently available on CD. The music swings well (with drummer Mel Lewis pushing the rhythm section) and such talented soloists as altoists Charlie Mariano and Lennie Niehaus, tenor-saxophonist Bill Perkins, trombonist Carl Fontana and trumpeters Sam Noto and Stu Williamson are well-featured. Nothing all that innovative occurs but this accessible set should be of interest to fans of bop (in addition to Kenton's loyal audience) who do not already have the music on CD. ~ Scott Yanow