Stan Kenton & His Orchestra: Stan Kenton (piano); Chuck Carter (soprano & baritone saxophones, flute); Quinn Davis (alto saxophone, flute); Richard Torres, Chris Galuman (tenor saxophone, flute); Willie Maiden (baritone saxophone); Ray Brown (trumpet, flugelhorn); Jay Saunders, Dennis Noday, Mike Vax, Mike Snustead (trumpet); Dick Shearer, Mike Jamieson, Fred Carter, Mike Wallace (trombone); Phil Herring (bass trombone, tuba); John Worster (bass); Jerry McKenzie (drums); Ramon Lopez (percussion).
Recorded live at Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Personnel: Stan Kenton (piano); Chuck Carter (flute, soprano saxophone, baritone saxophone); Quinn Davis (flute, alto saxophone); Chris Galuman, Richard Torres (flute, tenor saxophone); Willie Maiden (baritone saxophone); Jay Saunders, Mike Snustead, Mike Vax, Ray Brown , Dennis Noday (trumpet); Dick Shearer, Fred Carter, Mike Jamieson, Mike Wallace (trombone); Phil Herring (bass trombone, tuba); Jerry Lestock McKenzie (drums).
Audio Mixers: Bud Morris; Andrew Richardson .
Recording information: 06/21/1972-06/22/1972.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Ramon Lopez; Ken Hanna; Andrew Richardson .
This CD (which was reissued in 1991) features Stan Kenton's mostly anonymous 1972 orchestra performing charts mostly by Hank Levy and Ken Hanna. Best known among the sidemen are trumpeter Mike Vax (who is not featured), trombonist Dick Shearer, and veteran baritonist Willie Maiden, who is also not really heard from. Although the soloists have spirit, none are particularly distinctive, but some of the arrangements are fairly memorable, most notably "Levy's Samba Siete," Maiden's "Boilermaker," "Blues Between & Betwixt" (one of five numbers actually recorded later the same day, after the Butler University concert) and "Fragment of a Portrait." Kenton attempts some humor on "St. James Infirmary," taking a worthwhile vocal, although the jokes don't really cut it. Overall, however, this is one of the better late-period Stan Kenton albums. ~ Scott Yanow