Stan Kenton

Stan Kenton and Friends

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This collection features the great bandleader Stan Kenton accompanied by a dizzying variety of entertainment figures from the 1940s, '50s, and '60s, in a series of live recordings taken from TV shows, award ceremonies, and concerts. Here, a young Ginger Rogers sings the '40s swing favorite "Shoo Shoo Baby," bebop scenester Harry "The Hipster" Gibson clowns his way through "Down the Road A-piece," and Duke Ellington finds his way into a version of "Take the 'A' Train" with typical elegance, while Mel Torme croons a characteristically velvety smooth "Moonlight in Vermont." Displaying both the Kenton band's evolution into one of the 1950s' premier experimental jazz big bands and the respect with which Kenton was regarded by his peers, this selection is a fascinating aural document.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:27
2
3:36
3
3:02
4 3:52
5
2:39
6 4:24
7
2:15
8
2:41
9 2:09
10
feat: Patti Page
1:56
11 3:23
12 2:12
13
5:58
14
5:20
15
feat: Mel Tormé
2:10
16
5:24
17
feat: June Christy
3:02
18
7:34
19
6:19
20
2:22
21
1:37
22
2:19
23
0:50
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