A fine first trumpeter, Paul Cacia has long had a love for the music of Stan Kenton. On this CD, he brings back 11 arrangements from Kenton's prime periods plus an eight-song medley. Among the Kenton alumni who are heard from are trumpeters Jack Sheldon and Buddy Childers, trombonists Carl Fontana and Dick Shearer, and altoist Lee Konitz. Singer Janine Cameo fills in for June Christy. In addition, some of the Kenton alumni have opportunities to reminisce briefly about the bandleader. The music is heartfelt yet creative, sounding like performances that could have been recorded by Kenton. Well worth searching for.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow