Kenton in Hi-Fi

Kenton in Hi-Fi

by Stan Kenton


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After years of big band experimentation, Stan Kenton seemed to settle into a more grounded groove on 1956's In Hi-Fi. To his credit, Kenton did keep things swinging before, even in the midst of high brow bombast like the string-laden, 39 piece Innovations in Modern Music orchestra and numerous jazz meets Stravinsky projects. This uncanny balance of flow and brains came out of Kenton's own tempered direction and fine contributions by the likes of arranger Pete Rugolo, trumpeter Shorty Rogers, alto saxophonist Art Pepper, and singers Anita O'Day and June Christy. Thanks to a seamless mix of dazzling charts and liberal doses of Lunceford and Ellington-inspired swing, the marriage certainly works on Kenton in Hi-Fi. Old hits like "Eager Beaver" and "Artistry In Boogie" sparkle in the warm glow of '50s stereo technology, while fiery renditions of "Lover" and "The Peanut Vendor" show the famous muscle of the Kenton band. With the stellar playing of tenor saxophonist Vido Musso, trumpeter Pete Candoli, and drummer Mel Lewis to look forward to, one can see why this album was not only one of Kenton's most popular releases, but a critical success as well.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/02/1992
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0077779845125
catalogNumber: 98451

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stan Kenton   Primary Artist,Piano
Laurindo Almeida   Guitar
Maynard Ferguson   Trumpet
Mel Lewis   Drums
Shelly Manne   Percussion
Red Mitchell   Bass
Bill Perkins   Tenor Saxophone
Bud Shank   Flute,Alto Flute
Don Bagley   Bass
Pete Candoli   Trumpet
Carl Fontana   Bass,Trombone
Vido Musso   Tenor Saxophone
Sam Noto   Trumpet
Lennie Niehaus   Alto Saxophone
Jim Amlotte   Trombone
Israel Baker   Violin
Milt Bernhart   Bass,Trombone
Larry Bunker   Percussion
Bob Fitzpatrick   Bass,Trombone
Frank Flynn   Percussion
David Frisina   Violin
Benny Gill   Violin
Chico Guerrero   Bongos,Timbales
Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt   Alto Saxophone
Armand Karpoff   Cello
Kent Larsen   Bass,Bass Trombone
Ed Leddy   Trumpet
Dan Lube   Violin
Alfred Lustgarten   Violin
Virginia Majewski   Viola
Joe Mondragon   Bass
Alexander Neiman   Viola
Erno Neufeld   Violin
Jack Nimitz   Baritone Saxophone
Lou Raderman   Violin
Nathan Ross   Violin
Kenny Shroyer   Trombone
Paul Shure   Violin
Spencer Sinatra   Tenor Saxophone
Marshall Sosson   Violin
David Sterkin   Viola
Vinnie Tanno   Trumpet
Joseph Saxon   Cello
Eleanor Slatkin   Cello
Ralph Blaze   Guitar
Murray Kellner   Violin
Don Kelly   Trombone
Kurt Reher   Cello
Don Paladino   Trumpet
Sanford Schonbach   Viola
Alex Neimann   Viola

Technical Credits

Stan Kenton   Composer
Pete Rugolo   Composer
Ted Daryll   Producer,Reissue Producer
Bob Russell   Composer
Ray Wetzel   Composer
Moisés Simóns   Composer
L. Wolfe Gilbert   Composer
Marion Sunshine   Composer

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Kenton in Hi-Fi 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The title should have been almost the Kenton in HI-FI album. All tracts except 15 , 16, & 17 were not on the Kenton In HI-FI album. These tracts were recorded on an album titled Lush Interlude recorded in 1958. These recordings were string versions of original 1956 Kenton in HI-FI and are just not the same sound as the 1956 album. I was extremely disappointed that this was done to deface the original sound. Otherwise this is the best recording of the Kenton in HI-FI cuts.