Sunday, November 16, 2014
Stan Kenton Artistry in Rhythm Capitol 1947
There's a bunch of Kenton comps that go by this title and there's even an album previously discussed, New Concepts of Artistry in Rhythm. It's all because this is widely considered his signature album during his big band period.
It's an enjoyable collection of music. If someone just threw it on and listened to it today, I'm not sure they'd call it jazz. It sounds much more like a soundtrack score. The stuff Kenton was doing wasn't really for dancing, he was trying to advance the art form and usually comes off pretty pompous in liner notes.
The best moments and the ones I think people can grab onto easier now-a-days are the tracks featuring a cool-toned June Christy, "Willow Weep For Me" and "Ain't No Misery in Me."
Ain't No Misery in Me