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Cool, Hot & Swingin' Live

Stan Kenton Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (21 May 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tantara
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 705,620 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Opener
2. My Funny Valentine
3. What's New
4. Speak Low
5. Stompin' At The Savoy
6. Polka Dots And Moonbeams
7. Intermission Riff
8. September Song
9. Theme Variations
10. Don't Take Your Love From Me
11. I Remember You
12. Hav-A-Havana
13. Lover Man
14. Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
15. Out Of Nowhere
16. 23 degrees N 82 degrees W
17. Street Of Dreams into Artistry In Rhythm

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Among the most swinging of all the Kenton bands and loaded with accomplished soloists, such as Sam Noto, Carl Fontana, Lennie Niehaus, Bill Perkins, Jack Nimitz, Ralph Blaze and Mel Lewis. Recorded in concert in February 1956 at the Civic Auditorium in San Bernardino, California.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not complete, but not bad. 3 Jan 2013
Format:Audio CD
1. Live from The Civic Auditorium, San Bernardino, CA., however the announcements and applause are chopped off. t.t. 65 min.
2. 17 released tracks out of 43 from this date. Why not completely released on a 2-or 3-cd set?
3. Brightly recorded however there is sometimes minor audible distortion when listening with headphones.
4. Line-up: Ed Leddy ,Sam Noto, Phil Gilbert, Lee Katzman, Vinnie Tanno, tp ; Bob Fitzpatrick, Carl Fontana, Kent Larsen tb; Don Kelly btb;; Irving Rosenthal, Fred Fox fh; Jay McAllister tu ; Lennie Niehaus as; Bill Perkins, Spencer Sinatra ts; Jack Nimitz bar; Ralph Blaze g ;Curtiss Counce b; Mel Lewis d
5. The booklet states the c&a names plus the names of the soloists in the right sequence. The personnel is mentioned on the backside of the cd inlay.
6. Good solo contributions by the always consistent playing Lennie Niehaus, the creative Bill Perkins and the great Carl Fontana to mention some guys.
7. Recommended.
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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Powerful Set From a First-Class Kenton Band 8 Aug 2007
By John Tapscott - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Tantara producer Bill Lichtenauer has the knack of unearthing and releasing some rare and often unique Kenton material (eg. the highly recommended Neophonic concerts, as well as material from Kenton's final two road tours). It must be said that "Cool, Hot and Swingin'" is a bit more conventional in this regard. Except for two or three charts the music on this concert recording will sound very familiar to Kenton buffs. Indeed, the band itself is well-known to Kenton fans, being essentially the same band as heard on bootlegs from the band's March 1956 European tour and the monumental "Cuban Fire" album recorded in May of 1956.

The music on the appropriately titled "Cool, Hot & Swingin'" was recorded February 2, 1956 at the Civic Auditorium in San Bernadino California. For sonic reasons the producer edited out the audience applause which results in each track having a rather sudden ending, rather than a "ringing" ending which echoes in the listener's mind.

That being said, the music is well-recorded and played at the customary Kenton level of excitement and excellence. For 1956 Kenton toyed with the band's personnel a bit, dropping a saxophone, adding two French horns and turning one of the bass trombone chairs into a tuba chair. To be honest, this probably had less effect on the band's sound than Kenton had hoped. In typical Kenton fashion, the band swings hard through a program of charts dominated by Bill Holman's writing (twelve of the seventeen charts are Holman's; three are by Kenton; one is by Bill Russo; while the evergreen "Intermission Riff" is a head arragement).

Highlights include Holman's fresh charts on "What's New?" and Stompin' at the Savoy"; Carl Fontana's lyrical trombone on "Polka Dots and Moonbeams"; Bill Perkins' tenor saxophone on the great Holman arrangement of "Out of Nowhere"; and Mel Lewis driving the band powerfully on Russo's "23' N, 82' W." A particular delight is Bill Holman's obscure chart on "Speak Low" which features lovely passages by Ralph's Blaze's guitar and the French horns. Other fine soloists on the program include saxophonists Jack Nimitz (especially outstanding on "Funny Valentine") and Lennie Niehaus, trumpeters Lee Katzman, Ed Leddy and Sam Noto, and trombonists Kent Larsen and Bob Fitzpatrick. The trumpet section sounds very solid on this recording (moreso than on the European tour bootlegs where the section was reduced to four because of section leader Ed Leddy's illness).

There is much to enjoy on this recommended 63 minute program of Stan's Kenton's powerful music. "Cool, Hot and Swingin'" is a definite buy for Kenton buffs who will also enjoy the fine liner notes by Michael Sparke.
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