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Beautiful, exciting music,
This review is from: Kenton In Hi-Fi (Audio CD)This record both on vinyl and now on CD has given me so much pleasure since I was a kid of 17 in 1956.
From the hauntingly beautiful tracks, Interlude and Collaboration to the exciting Artistry in Boogie and Peanut Vendor and then the majestic Concerto it has thrilled me every time I put it on. This music was so far ahead of its time that even today it still feels fresh and undated.This band was like a gallery of some of the top players of their time:-Vido Musso and Lennie Niehaus saxes, Milt Bernhart and Carl Fontana trombones, Maynard Ferguson, Sam Noto and Pete Condoli trumpets Mel Lewis on drums and even Laurindo Almeida, Bud Shank and Shelly Manne on the last three tracks, I mean, c'mon!
Kentons piano is as good and lyrical as any of the band leader/piano players, the sax of Vido Musso is rich and sexy and the trombone section is wonderful. The band is so tight and when Sam Noto in a piece like Boogie is blowing your mind the arrangement just seems to blow some more and blows me away still. Despite being in mono the Hi Fi is great. If you think you like Kenton this CD is for you. You won' find one much better and to cap it all the sleeve notes are good and informative re. dates places etc. This is a classic of the genre