During the 1930s and '40s, entire sessions were held to produce what were called "transcription" recordings that were sold to radio stations for broadcast purposes. Some but not all of this material was released commercially at a later date. In 1997 the Hep historic reissue label dug up 25 Capitol Transcription Performances recorded by Stan Kenton & His Orchestra between November 27, 1945 and July 19, 1946. This is an uncommonly fine crop of Kenton, with six excellent vocals by June Christy and arrangements by Kenton, Pete Rugolo, Gene Roland, and saxophonist Boots Mussulli, who is featured on "I Surrender Dear" and "Body and Soul." Highlights (in addition to June Christy who sounds superb) include Eddie Safranski's bass solo on "Tea for Two," trumpeter Ray Wetzel's snappy vocal on "Who's Got a Tent for Rent," and one of Kenton's more attractive conceptual works, "Reed Rapture," which is performed by the sax and rhythm sections only. This delightful package of progressive post-war big-band swing is highly recommended as a glowing example of how Kenton's orchestra blossomed after he spent some five years defining, refining, and redefining its sound.
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