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  1. Mellophonium Magic 1962
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  2. Mellophonium Magic 1962

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Selections from Stan Keaton and his Orchestra, 1962. Songs are: All The Things You Are, Suddenly It's Spring, Reuben's Blues, Tuxedo Junction, Saga Of The Blues, Long Ago And Far Away, It Could Happen To You, Tenderly, A Foggy Day, Take The A Train, You Stepped Out Of A Dream, Take Me In Your Arms, East Of The Sun, and Artistry in Rhythm.

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The Stan Kenton band is not usually associated with dance gigs at amusement parks, but here's a live recording proving that it did happen. The arrangements are superb, the work of frequent contributors Lennie Niehaus, Gene Roland, Sam Donahue, and a couple of tunes by Stan himself. The audio quality is excellent for a live big band date in 1961.
Mellophoniums were difficult to play in tune across their full range, a fact that generally went unnoticed by the audience when the horns were playing as a section within the band. It's harder to hide when they're soloing, however, as can be heard in the solos in "Suddenly It's Spring" and "Tenderly." The solo in "Reuben's Blues" fairs a bit better.
The Niehaus arrangements are my favorites of this collection. His versions of "Long Ago and Far Away," "It Could Happen to You," and "A Foggy Day" swing more than you'd expect for these tunes and feature some excellent ensemble writing. An unusual chart for the Kenton band is Gene... Read more
This is an "unauthorized" recording made in 1961 of the Mellophonium band in concert. The sound is excellent and the band is well-disciplined and swinging. The selections are superior to those found in the Cuban Fire cd of this band.
There are a couple of clunky solos in cut two. The cheapo liner notes contain at least one error: you hear Stan single out drummer John Van Ohlen for applause, and he isn't listed as participating. Someone other than Kenton plays a joyous piano solo in one cut.
This is an excellent album, a must for Kenton fans. And don't forget to check out Marvin Stamm. Now there's a trumpet player.
Buy it.
quieter Kenton not as frantic
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