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  • Audio CD (2 Jun 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Capitol Jazz
  • ASIN: B000093U3X
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,112 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. What's New
2. Stella By Starlight
3. I've Got You Under My Skin
4. Cherokee
5. Stompin' At The Savoy
6. Yesterdays
7. Sunset Tower (Bonus)
8. Opus In Chartreuse (Bonus)
9. Opus In Turquoise (Bonus)
10. Opus In Beige (Bonus)

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P.J.horn blower. on 15 Jan 2012
Format: Audio CD
I FIRST HEARD THIS RECORD AS IT WAS THEN POSSIBLY FIFTY YEARS AGO. I FELL IN LOVE WITH THE SAX PHRASING IN 'SUNSET TOWER'. ALL THOSE YEARS I HAVE CARRIED AROUND THAT SOUND IN MY MIND. THEN VIA AMAZON I HEARD IT AGAIN. NOW I HAVE FOUR OF THESE CDS. I MAY GET ANOTHER ONE. I HOPE I CAN OUT LIVE THE CDS. I AM NOW SEVENTY YEARS.. PJ..
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Kenton Swings! 28 May 2003
By John Tapscott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As Michael Sparke points out in his excellent notes to the CD reissue of Contemporary Concepts, "every Kenton orchestra swung, but not all the time, and some more than others. By common consent, the swingingest of all was the band of 1955..."
It's hard to imagine how this band couldn't swing hard. Al Porcino was leading the trumpets, the rhythm section consisted of Ralph Blaze on guitar, Max Bennett on bass, and the incomparable Mel Lewis on drums, who simply wouldn't play if the music wasn't swinging. Plus there were heavyweight swinging soloists in every section - all the saxes, including Chsrlie Mariano, Lennie Niehaus and Bill Perkins; trombonist Carl Fontana (one of the all time trombone greats); plus trumpeters Sam Noto and Stu Williamson. This was a great band, one of Kenton's finest.
But the biggest factor in the swinging success of this album was the writing of Bill Holman (6 charts) and Gerry Mulligan (1 chart). Holman was on the Kenton arranging staff in the early to mid '50's and this music represents a creative peak in his career. What Holman does with the six standards he arranged for this album is not only swinging, but exceptionally creative and memorable. These charts are now considered classics of big band arranging. Three of them, "Stella by Starlight" (featuring Mariano), "Stompin' at the Savoy", and "Yesterdays" (featuring Perkins), remained in the book for the rest of Kenton's band leading career which ended in 1978. These charts, along with "What's New" are still performed by Kenton Alumni and Tribute bands. In addition Lennie Niehaus burns through "Cherokee", taking a back seat to no one in his interpretation of this tune. "I've Got You Under My Skin" is another intriguing Holman chart which features a parade of five soloists, beginning with baritonist Don Davidson. "Limelight" is a typical Mulligan swinger, featuring the flowing trombone lines of Fontana.
The bonus tracks included on this 44 minute CD are Kenton's own "Sunset Tower" which featues Kenton's lovely saxophone scoring and powerhouse brass writing, along with a strong Fontana solo. The three "Opus's" come from Gene Roland's "Colors Suite" and feature strong, distinctive themes, along with some great brass playing and very interesting saxophone voicings. "Opus in Charteruse" became a favorite at Kenton concerts for years.
"Contemporary Concepts" is a truly magnificent and most enjoyable CD which I listened to 3 times on the day I received it and several times since then. Of course, I have had this music for years on a Creative World LP, but it is great to have it in clear, remastered sound on CD. It's not enough to say this CD is one of Kenton's best. I believe it is one of the best 10 big band jazz recordings ever made. Recommended without reservation.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
The Holy Grail of Kenton Albums 9 Jun 2005
By Joe F. Lowe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've worn out two LPs of this classic album, and now I get to buy the CD version for my Kenton collection. Does it get any better? This is without a doubt the most swinging Kenton album of all, with the best arrangements every played by Stan's band. To own the recording of Bill Holman's arrangement of "Stompin' at the Savoy" is more than worth the price of the entire album. Throw in Holman's arrangement of "I've Got You Under My Skin" and you have, what many musicians believe, the two very best charts ever written for ANY big band! If you don't own this album you have GOT to get it. You will treasure it for the rest of your life. This album is truly the Holy Grail of Stan Kenton's Orchestra and perhaps of any big band that has ever played jazz!!!!!!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A New Release of an Outstanding Recording!! 24 May 2003
By Dubbie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Stan Kenton has been such an under-rated talent for so long that it is a true shame.
His attention to a creative interpretation of music, along with his unique use of instrumentation and rhythm -- are beautifully heard on this album from the mid-1950s - now available - FINALLY on a professionally recorded audio CD.
Contemporary Concepts!! The man IS THE DEFINITION of contemporary, inventive, distinctive jazz, without ever wasting a note or a musical phrase.
He was ahead of his time then and this music can STILL hold its own with any "jazz recording of a standard". You have never heard these songs in THIS way.
I loved this record album when I was a kid. I made an audio cd of it a few years ago on my computer for my car stereo and still play it often.
NOW, it is finally available from one of the best names in jazz (Blue Note) and I am purchasing a copy today! I could not promise you a better listening experience and musical memory.
Buy this outstanding Kenton recording! You will not be sorry!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
What a band 2 April 2004
By Richard J. Boivin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album is a classic. When I first heard the original LP 50 years ago, the arrangements blew me away. I was just a teenager but knew Kenton was a one of a kind leader. When I heard 'Yesterdays", I knew I heard something awesome. A friend of mine who didn't like Kenton admitted that Perkins solo on this was the best he had ever heard. It still is a classic. The whole album is intriguing and it doesn't get old. Holman and Mulligan were greats then and are giants now. What awesome jazz minds they were. I'm thrilled to have this on CD, even if it is MONO. The reproduction is excellent. It's worth buying and exploring the legendary Stan Kenton.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Truly Contemporary Set of Standards Featuring ....... 6 Dec 2007
By Robert J. Ament - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
six arrangements by the renowned Bill Holman who still makes recordings with his own big band. This is big band bop at its best, playing standards that vary into themes within themes featuring excellent sidemen. From an earlier Kenton review I reiterate that you get your money's worth with Kenton with the full band sound featuring 5 trumpets, 5 saxes and 5 trombones. Over the history of the band, personnel came and went but the Kenton alumni reads like a Who's Who in Jazz. This band is no exception with such fine soloists as alto saxists Charlie Mariano and Lennie Niehaus, the tenor work of Bill Perkins, trombonist Carl Fontana and trumpeters Sam Noto and Stu Williamson..........and not the least of all the drumming of Mel Lewis pushing the band throughout the whole set.

I forgot to mention the seventh tune of the original album, "Limelight" was arranged by its composer, Gerry Mulligan. There are four bonus tracks on this cd, one composed by Kenton and the other three by Johnny Roland, another great Kenton arranger, are opuses devoted to the color spectrum.

Truly, it's hard to pick favorites and I can only give you a few impressions. "I've Got You Under My Skin" is totally different from the one on "Portraits On Standards" (1953). I was thrilled (no other adjective is sufficient) to have been fortunate to hear tenor man Bill Perkins perform live "Yesterdays", one of his best and most poignant solos. Finally, Capitol Records back in 1956, had a number of big bands under contract (contrarian to the times) including Les Brown, Stan Kenton, Billy May, Harry James, Ray Anthony and Woody Herman. They turned out a double LP titled, appropriately enough, "Dance To The Bands". That has never been re-released!.....but a number of the selections have surfaced as bonus tracks on other releases.

Johnny Roland's "Opus In Turquoise" is one of those tracks and its on this album......to me a real bonus! It does appear in another release of this year on an unfamiliar label.

Kenton's music still sounds great after all these years which is a tribute to the man's creativity and really, negates all of his critics back at that time. He was well ahead of his time and I'm glad that the popularity of his recordings at this time reflect this!
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