Become a member and get exclusive access to articles, live sessions and more!
Start Your Free Trial

Stan Kenton: Tunes and Topics

JazzTimes may earn a small commission if you buy something using one of the retail links in our articles. JazzTimes does not accept money for any editorial recommendations. Read more about our policy here. Thanks for supporting JazzTimes.

Although there is no ghost band playing the Stan Kenton sound, the legend and legacy of 37 years’ work is being kept alive via sporadic releases of ’70s concerts by Tantara Productions. The indie label’s fourth issue features two CDs of music with a bonus of a fascinating interview with Kenton on two separate CDs.

The two hours-plus concert was recorded October 6, 1970 at a hotel in Dayton, Ohio. The sound quality is excellent, with very little audience-noise distraction. The band creates a storm of sound on 20 tracks, with “Bogota,” “The Peanut Vendor” and “Malaguena” the most exuberant and electrifying. Ballad readings of “Here’s That Rainy Day” and “What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?” are richly rhapsodic.

Start Your Free Trial to Continue Reading

Become a JazzTimes member to explore our complete archive of interviews, profiles, columns, and reviews written by music's best journalists and critics.