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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A Presentation Of Progressive Jazz - Stan Kenton

This Is My Theme
A Presentation (Concert) Of Progressive Jazz
Stan Kenton And His Orchestra
Capitol Records T172

1947 was the recording date for the original tracks (from the back cover). Also from the back cover: Come Rain Of Come Shine, Theme For Alto were recorded in Hollywood in 1951. So, I take it that this is an early 50s reissue with the two tracks, as mentioned above, plus the tracks titled Introduction To A Latin Rhythm and Thermopolae added to fill out this 12 inch pressing. The original tracks were apparently issued as a four record EP set and a Capitol 10 inch (L172). There is also a reference to Kenton's City Of Glass project.

Also from the back cover: Kenton's Progressive Jazz has its roots firmly and deeply planted in three widely separated areas of music, all almost equally important. The extreme atonal and polytonal ideas of Bela Bartok and Stravinsky from the harmonic face of Stan's music, augmented by the individualized approach of Pete Rugolo, who was influenced and trained by the great French modernist, Darius Milhaud. Afro-Cuban rhythms and sound from the second important facet in Kenton music; the third face is just as definitely etched, and is known as plain big band jazz, with a swing all its own.

June Chirsty did the vocals on the sample above and  Lonely Woman and Come Rain or Come Shine.


1947 Session:

Saxes - Bob Cooper, Bob Gioga, George Weidler, Warner Weider (on Monotony only), Art Pepper (on Monotony, Elegy and Fugue only), Frank Paparelli
Trumpets - Chico Alvarez, Buddy Childers, Ken Hanna, Al Porcino, Ray Wetzel
Trombones - Eddie Bert, Harry Betts, Milt Bernhart, Harry Forbes, Bart Varsalona
Guitar - Laurindo Almeida
Bass - Eddie Safranski
Bongos - (out on Fugue) Jack Costanzo
Latin Rhythm - (on Impressionism, Lament and Fugue only) Rene Touzet, Jose Luis Manual, Frank Grillo, Carlos Vidal (last three men on Cuban Carnival and last two on Latin Rhythm)
Drums - Shelly Manne

1951 Session:

Saxes - Bart Cladarell, Bob Cooper, Bob Gioga, Art Pepper, Bud Shank
Trumpets - Maynard Ferguson, John Howell (on Theme For Alto only) Chico Alvarez, Ray Wetzel, Shorty Rogers (on Rain Or Shine only), Conte Candoli, Stu Williamson, John Coppola
Trombones - Harry Betts, Dick Kenney, Bob Fitzpatrick (on Theme For Alto only) Milt Bernhart, Bart Varsalona (on Rain Or Shine only), Bill Russo, George Roberts
Tuba - (on Rain Or Shine only) Stan Fletcher
Bass - Don Bagley
Guitar - Ralph Blaze
Drums - Shelly Manne

Stan Kenton plays piano and conducts on all selections.

Cuban Carnival
Lonely Woman
Theme For Alto
Elegy For Alto
This Is My Theme
Fugue For Rhythm Section
Introduction To A Latin Rhythm
Come Rain Or Come Shine


  1. This must be a later 12" version.

    I happened to snag the original 10" LP (was also released as a 4 record 78rpm album set) about a month before your blog post here! All recordings are indeed from late 1947, just before the 2nd recording ban of the 1940's - stratospheric stuff that was decades ahead of its time.

    Came across this post in doing a bit of research, as I plan on holding a 60 side "Kentonfest" at my YouTube channel in the coming weeks & months and this entire album (my 10" copy - 8 sides) will be part of it.

    You may have heard Tink mention me in some of her YouTube videos - she refers to me simply as "Swing Man". ;)

    1. Howdy Swing Man! Thanks for stopping by to say hey and to part with some of the amazing insight you have on recordings! This album, I must say, is one of my all time personal favorites.

  2. You bet. :)

    Yeah, this one's quite a listen - got a couple of the track here (on the 12" version) on 78 that weren't included on the original 10" version. The upcoming "Kentonfest" will be a musical journey, for sure - covering mainly his work on Capitol from 1943-1947, but also some of his work on Decca from 1942.


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