Up until the breakup of his Mellophonium Orchestra in 1963, all of Stan Kenton's big bands had major soloists and future stars. But during his final decade, his orchestras would mostly consist of younger (and one would expect inexpensive) players, few of whom went on to greater heights. This LP consists of seven Dee Barton charts of his originals. Barton was the band's drummer and, along with tenor-saxophonist Kim Richmond (who would later develop into a top arranger himself), is about the graduate of this particular group to have a significant jazz career. The music is well-played but not overly memorable, sort of like this edition of the Stan Kenton Orchestra.
Stan Kenton Conducts the Jazz Compositions of Dee Barton Review
by Scott Yanow