The tracks on the Cuban Fire! CD numbered are an interesting set of recordings from a time of change for the Kenton orchestra beginning in These, along with two other recorded tracks, were intended to comprise an entirely fresh Stan Kenton LP release for Capitol Records later that year from the newly formed mellophonium orchestra.
Both Johnny Richards and long time Kenton staff composer Gene Roland are the primary writers and conductors for these later recording dates Kenton himself writes "Midnight Tales" for the project, which was never released ; neither staff writer made musical accommodations when writing for the new instrument.
The whole project was ditched after 11 frustrating hours of recording, only Album) 26 minutes of usable music. This one track composed by Richards one of only two swing, non-Afro Latin cuts from the CD proves wrong any doubts about the Kenton band being able to compete against the aforementioned bands.
The alto saxophone solo by Gabe Baltazar on Wagon is formidable and a real highlight of his Interlude - Stan Kenton - Stan Kenton In Hi Fi (Vinyl with Kenton; easily comparable to solos of earlier alto players with the band such as Lee KonitzLennie Niehausor Charlie Mariano.
The sax section make-up would stay the same until the band disbanded after Kenton's passing in the late s mellophoniums were discarded by the middle s. The trombone section is also transformed to have tuba anchoring the brass.
The first Kenton LP band was a far more symphonic sounding group than earlier versions or periods of the Kenton orchestra. The initial September sessions function to work through the orchestration and sonic problems presented by such a wide variety and number of instruments being recorded live in the studio. The Billboard Magazine sales tracking reported LP commercial success during the period of release of the original LP issue.
Critical reception was also positive, as evidenced by reviews from Down Beat and other music periodicals during AllMusic 's Scott Yanow described the album as "one of Stan Kenton's more memorable concept albums of the s". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Stan Kenton. University of North Texas Press.
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