[JPL] Kenton discovery: Cool, Hot & Swingin'

EdBride at aol.com EdBride at aol.com
Sun Oct 14 11:55:43 EDT 2007


 
Perhaps the most swinging of Stan Kenton’s bands is vividly portrayed and  
well-preserved in "Kenton: Cool, Hot & Swingon’," a new release of a live  
concert/dance, from Tantara Productions. It features basically Stan’s  “
Contemporary Concepts” band from 1956 --the favorite of many followers--, with  the 
likes of Lennie Niehaus, Bill Perkins, Curtis Counce, Sam Noto, Bob  Fitzpatrick, 
and Mel Lewis kicking things off. Or just kicking. Twelve of the 17  
arrangements/compositions are from Bill Holman. 
That producer Bill Lichtenauer continues to discover –or people provide  him 
with—nicely-recorded material is a marvelous thing for Kenton followers. The  
legendary Wally Heider is responsible for the quality of this big-band  
recording. One of the nice things about it, to my ears, is that it is not  
over-produced like some of Kenton’s studio work could be (no dastardly echo  here). All 
the instruments come through clear and, occasionally, loud. It is  Kenton, 
after all. With few exceptions, it’s impeccable, and certainly  air-worthy. 
Tantara is a low-budget operation, and is not bulk-mailing to  broadcasters 
through any national promotional list. JPLers who wish their own  copy can 
email Bill at _Tanprod at aol.com_ (mailto:Tanprod at aol.com) , or send a note to me, 
on- or off-list, and I’ll  make sure he receives the note and that you receive 
the CD. Please include full  snail-mail address. 
More information at  tantaraproductions.com. 
Ed 




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