Stan Kenton

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For this LP, Stan Kenton's Orchestra performs seven Johnny Richards arrangements and two from Marty Paich, along with Bill Holman's "Royal Blue." The 1958 Kenton big band had several excellent soloists, and there is a generous amount of individual space for tenor saxophonist Bill Perkins, altoist Lennie Niehaus, trumpeter Sam Noto, and trombonist Archie LeCoque, among others, during a set dominated by modern versions of standards. Well-played if not quite essential music.

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