Stan Kenton

Intermission Riff 1952-1956

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This album contains 20 examples of Stan Kenton's post-swing big-band style, circa 1952 to 1956. Kenton had disbanded his large Innovations in Modern Music Orchestra the year before these recordings began, but he was, as ever, ambitious. The inclusion, for example, of the multi-part, seven-minute "Concerto to End All Concertos" indicates that. Often, Kenton drew on the familiar repertoire of show tunes and song standards -- "Fascinating Rhythm," "Lover," "Stella by Starlight," "Lover Man" -- but the charts could go off in unexpected directions, and the soloing often took in aspects of bebop. Kenton caught flak for calling this style "progressive jazz," but it certainly was a development over the old days of swing, and in many ways it has remained challenging and innovative.

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Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:37 SpotifyAmazon
2 4:14 SpotifyAmazon
3 4:34 SpotifyAmazon
4 3:22 SpotifyAmazon
5 3:02 SpotifyAmazon
6 2:43 SpotifyAmazon
7 2:37 SpotifyAmazon
8 7:03 SpotifyAmazon
9 2:32 SpotifyAmazon
10 3:05 SpotifyAmazon
11 3:17 SpotifyAmazon
12 2:53 SpotifyAmazon
13 3:14 SpotifyAmazon
14 2:52 SpotifyAmazon
15 2:48 SpotifyAmazon
16 3:07 SpotifyAmazon
17 5:11 SpotifyAmazon
18 3:04 SpotifyAmazon
19 2:38 SpotifyAmazon
20 2:30 SpotifyAmazon
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