For a relatively brief period the Los Angeles Neophonic orchestra was the world's only permanent resident orchestra devoted to contemporary music. This LP, conducted by the orchestra's inspiration, Stan Kenton, contains music by Hugo Montenegro, Johnny Williams, Allyn Ferguson, Jimmy Knight and Russ Garcia that attempts to combine together aspects of classical with jazz. Much of the time the results are somewhat pompous and stiff although there are several features for altoist Bud Shank; other soloists include Bob Cooper on oboe, trumpeter Gary Barone, vibraphonist Emil Richards and the tenor of Bill Perkins. The music, like the project, had good intentions but is uneven.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow