PORTRAITS ON STANDARDS was originally released as a 10 inch LP in 1953. This version adds seven tracks.
Personnel includes: Stan Kenton (piano); Lee Konitz, Art Pepper, Bud Shank (alto saxophone); Zoot Sims (tenor saxophone); Buddy Childers, Stu Williamson, Conte Candolin (trumpet); Frank Rosolino, Milt Bernhart (trombone); Joe Gibbons, Laurindo Almeida, Sal Salvador (guitar); Don Bagley (bass).
Reissue producer: Michael Cuscuna.
Recorded at Universal Studios, Chicago, Illinois; Capitol Studios, Los Angles, California between September 20, 1951 and May 6, 1954. Includes liner notes by Michael Sparke.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Stan Kenton (piano); Ralph Blaze, Joe Gibbons, Sal Salvador , Laurindo Almeida (guitar); Vinnie Dean, Harry Klee, Lee Konitz, Art Pepper, Ronnie Lang, Bud Shank (alto saxophone); Bart Calderell, Bill Holman, Bob Cooper (tenor saxophone); Bob Gioga, Tony Ferina, Hank Levy (baritone saxophone); Conte Candoli, Don Dennis, Don Fagerquist, Ernie Royal, Ruban McFall, John Howell , Don Paladino, John Coppola , Maynard Ferguson, Pete Candoli, Buddy Childers (trumpet); Milt Bernhart, Bob Fitzpatrick, Frank Rosolino, Harry Betts, Herbie Harper, Bill Russo (trombone); George Roberts (bass trombone); Stan Fletcher (tuba); Shelly Manne, Stan Levey (drums).
Liner Note Author: Michael Sparke.
Recording information: Capitol studios, Los Angeles, CA (09/20/1951-05/06/1954); Universal Studios, Chicago, IL (09/20/1951-05/06/1954).
Arrangers: Stan Kenton; Bill Russo.
While most of Stan Kenton's recordings in the 1950s tend to be complex and sometimes bombastic, his versions of standards could often be sentimental and very melodic. This LP from the Creative World catalog (music originally released by Capitol) alternates between ballads and boppish romps, mostly featuring the 1953-1954 orchestra, a band that could often swing hard. With such major soloists as altoist Art Pepper (featured on "Street of Dreams"), trumpeter Conte Candoli, Zoot Sims on tenor, altoist Lee Konitz, and trombonist Frank Rosolino, Kenton's orchestra could hold its own with any big band of the period. The arrangements (all by either Bill Russo or Kenton) showcase these talents at their best. ~ Scott Yanow