The Stage Door Swings

The Stage Door Swings

by Stan KentonStan Kenton


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Stan Kenton's orchestra was never the place to hear a nice tune played sweetly; arrangers including Kenton himself, Pete Rugolo, Bob Graettinger, and Bill Holman commonly emphasized the progressive end of jazz -- advanced harmonics, complex charts, powerful soloists -- much more than such a simple thing as swing. When Kenton decided to record an album of show tunes in 1958, however, he proceeded directly to Lennie Niehaus. Niehaus, an altoist with the Kenton band beginning nearly a decade earlier, had written a chart for "Pennies from Heaven" in 1953 that proved to be a highlight of the Sketches on Standards LP. (Kenton would probably have chosen Bill Russo, who had helmed his two previous standards LPs of the '50s, but he had left the band a few years earlier.) Kenton's band of 1958 didn't boast the firepower of earlier editions, but new arrivals Jack Sheldon and Bill Trujillo contribute a lot to the highlight, "The Party's Over" (which, Michael Sparke's liner notes tell us, was often used by the contrarian Kenton to begin his sets). Elsewhere, Niehaus gives himself a feature on the hard-swinging "Baubles, Bangles & Beads."

Product Details

Release Date: 08/16/2005
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0724347755125
catalogNumber: 77551
Rank: 146853


  1. Lullaby of Broadway
  2. The Party's Over
  3. Baubles, Bangles and Beads
  4. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
  5. Whatever Lola Wants
  6. Bali Ha'i
  7. Hey There
  8. Younger Than Springtime
  9. On the Street Where You Live
  10. I Love Paris
  11. I've Never Been in Love Before
  12. All at Once You Love Her

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stan Kenton   Primary Artist,Piano,Bandleader
Bill Perkins   Tenor Saxophone
Lennie Niehaus   Alto Saxophone
Billy Smiley   Bass Trombone
Jim Amlotte   Trombone
Bud Brisbois   Trumpet
Bill Catalano   Trumpet
Frank Huggins   Trumpet
Jack Sheldon   Trumpet
Kent Larsen   Trombone
Archie LeCoque   Trombone
Stephen Perlow   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Bill "Bojangles" Robinson   Baritone Saxophone
Bill Trujillo   Tenor Saxophone
Bill Robinson   Tenor Saxophone
Bill Smiley   Bass Trombone
Jerry Lestock McKenzie   Drums
Sunseri   Trumpet
Red Kelly   Bass
Bob Olson   Bass Trombone

Technical Credits

Lennie Niehaus   Arranger
Frank Loesser   Composer
Jerry Ross   Composer
Richard Adler   Composer
Michael Cuscuna   Reissue Producer
Dubin   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Lee Gillette   Producer,Audio Production
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Michael Sparke   Liner Notes
G. Forrest   Composer
R. Douglas Wright   Composer

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