Adapter: George Acevedo.
Personnel: Stan Kenton (piano); Ernie Bernhardt (vocals, trumpet); Phil Ayling (flute, alto flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, oboe, English horn, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Ron Foster (flute, alto flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Mark Shrode (flute, piccolo, alto saxophone); Jim Snodgrass (flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone); Adrian Tapia (flute, clarinet, alto saxophone); Michael Francis (bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet, baritone saxophone, bass saxophone); Gabe Baltazar (alto saxophone); Paul Renzi, Sam Donahue (tenor saxophone); Wayne Dunstan (baritone saxophone, bass saxophone); Marvin Holladay (baritone saxophone); Gary Pack (trumpet, flugelhorn); Bob Rolfe, Larry McGuire, Dalton Smith, Bob Behrendt, Phil Grossman, Jack Caudill, Tony Farrell, Lee Coffey, Greg Wallen, Marvin Stamm, Bud Brisbois, Steve Spiegl (trumpet); Kathy Tapia, Jacob VanVelzen, Stanley Steele, Marni Johnson (French horn); Bob Fitzpatrick, Jack Spurlock, Bud Parker, Jeff Apmadoc, Bobby Grove, Paul Heydorff, Tom Baker (trombone); Dave Wheeler (bass trombone, tuba); Jim Amlotte (bass trombone); Clive Acker, David Coy (tuba); Greg Mathieson (piano); Clana Stein (acoustic bass); Bill Von Ravensberg (electric bass); Wynonna Smith, Jerry Lestock McKenzie (drums); Gene Strimling, Ruth Ritchie (percussion).
Liner Note Authors: Bill Lichtenauer; Dr. Jack Wheaton.
Recording information: Hollywood, CA (03/15/1961-06/17/1961); Moonlight Gardens, Coney Island Park, Cincinnati, OH (03/15/1961-06/17/1961).
Director: Dr. Jack Wheaton.
Photographer: Ron Taft.
Arrangers: Ernie Bernhardt; Jack Spurlock; Wayne Dunstan; Gene Roland; Gerry Mulligan; Lennie Niehaus; Marty Paich; Sam Donahue; Stan Kenton; Bill Holman.
This is the first of three double CDs that match a disc of live performances from Stan Kenton's Mellophonium Orchestra of 1961 with a CD from a younger, comparable band, in this case the Collegiate Neophonic Orchestra of Southern California. Kenton's orchestra had been expanded to 23 with the addition of four mellophoniums, a sort of low-budget French horn that was difficult to play in tune. One of the last significant bands that Kenton led before his orchestra largely became a college stage band, this version features trumpeter Marvin Stamm, altoist Gabe Baltazar, tenor saxophonist Sam Donahue, and 14 brass. Its repertoire is comprised primarily of standards including "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea," "Body and Soul," Gerry Mulligan's "Walking Shoes," and "Stompin' at the Savoy," all played the Kenton way. The Neophonic Orchestra, directed by Jack Wheaton, has very few recognizable names, but the soloists are solid and the ensembles are stirring. Among the difficult pieces that they interpret impeccably are "Tribute to a Poltegeist," "Three Sounds for Neophonic Orchestra," and "Crescendo and Diminuendo for Quintet and Neophonic Orchestra." The latter, which lasts over 16 minutes, has the group joined by the Shelly Manne Quintet. All three volumes of Horns of Plenty are heartily recommended to Stan Kenton fans. ~ Scott Yanow