Stompin' at Newport

Stompin' at Newport


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When you're a serious jazz collector, it is both frustrating and exciting to think about all the live recordings that are tucked away in people's private collections. It is frustrating to think of all the Lester Young, Ella Fitzgerald, John Coltrane, and Duke Ellington performances that were taped but will never see the light of day commercially; however, some live jazz recordings that have been gathering dust for decades eventually find their way to the general public. Stompin' at Newport, for example, boasts a Stan Kenton set that remained in the can for no less than 45 years; the performances were recorded at 1957's Newport Jazz Festival, but did not become commercially available until 2002. For decades, these performances remained in the private collection of the late Norman Granz, who directed 1957's Newport Festival. But eventually, Fantasy got the chance to release them on CD. Stompin' at Newport is unlikely to convert anyone who isn't already a confirmed Kenton addict; nonetheless, his hardcore followers will find the material to be solid and pleasing. Kenton's 1957 band is in fine form on familiar items such as "The Peanut Vendor," "Intermission Riff," and "Artistry in Rhythm," and the big band leader/pianist sees to it that some impressive soloists are featured -- people like tenor saxophonist Bill Perkins on "Yesterdays," alto saxophonist Lennie Niehaus on "The End of a Love Affair," and trumpeter Sam Noto on "Everything Happens to Me." Another highlight of the concert is Johnny Richards' "La Suerte de los Tontos," a Latin-flavored gem that appeared on Kenton's superb Cuban Fire! session of 1954. Although not essential and not recommended to casual listeners, Stompin' at Newport is an album that seasoned Kenton fans will be happy to add to their collections.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/04/2002
Label: Pablo
UPC: 0025218531221
catalogNumber: 5312

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stan Kenton   Primary Artist,Piano,Leader
Bill Perkins   Tenor Saxophone
Lee Katzman   Trumpet
Sam Noto   Trumpet
Lennie Niehaus   Alto Saxophone
Jim Amlotte   Trombone,Bass Trombone
Bill Catalano   Trumpet
Wayne Dunstan   Tenor Saxophone
Phil Gilbert   Trumpet
Archie LeCoque   Trombone,Bass Trombone
Ed Leddy   Trumpet
Stephen Perlow   Baritone Saxophone
Don Reed   Trombone,Bass Trombone
Kenny Shroyer   Trombone,Bass Trombone
Bill Robinson   Baritone Saxophone
Jerry Lestock McKenzie   Drums
Red Kelly   Bass

Technical Credits

Norman Granz   Producer
Jamie Putnam   Art Direction
Bob Fine   Engineer
Robert Gordon   Liner Notes

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