New Concepts of Artistry in Rhythm

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New Concepts of Artistry in Rhythm
Studio album by Stan Kenton



Label (s) Capitol

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New Concepts of Artistry in Rhythm is a jazz album by Stan Kenton . It was recorded for Capitol Records from September 8-16, 1952 , and released in 1953.

The music

When West Coast bandleader Stan Kenton recorded New Concepts of Artistry in Rhythm , he worked with a 21-piece orchestra that he had formed after the commercial fiasco of his previous Neophonic Orchestra . The most famous West Coast musicians of the time played here in 1952 , such as trumpeter Maynard Ferguson , trombonist Frank Rosolino , alto saxophonist Lee Konitz , tenor saxophonists Richie Kamuca and Bill Holman as well as Sal Salvador on guitar and swinging drummer Stan Levey .

The album contained music specially written for this "excellent Rosolino Konitz band" ( Brian Priestley ), such as "Inventions for Guitar and Trumpet" by Bill Holman and other pieces by arranger and trombonist Bill Russo and Gerry Mulligan , Johnny Richards and Shorty Rogers . After Richard Cook and Brian Morton, it is considered one of the best Kenton albums with one of his best bands; "They capture the energy and fire of one of Kenton's most swinging bands." "It was a dramatic production, with dissonant and experimental elements, and thundering phrases similar to the Hollywood film scores customary at the time ; like the bombastic" Prologue: This is an Orchestra! "With Kenton as the narrator who introduced the individual band members, including the Personalities of the musicians, which with Frank Rosolino (who is meant in Russo's Frank Speaking ) gets a tragic note in (much) later retrospect, when Kenton said: "This fellow who has few of any moody moments." Cook and Morton raise the heavyweight brass section of the band stand out, as well as the hard swinging rhythm section , "and there are some wonderful soloist interjections in almost every piece, like Sal Salvador in" Invention ", from Konitz in" Young Blood "and" My " Lady ", by Rosolino at" Swing House ".

By the way, Portrait of a Count doesn't mean Count Basie , but Conte Candoli .

Editorial note

The original LP, which was released in the 1950s, was later added to the "Prologue"; previously this was available on two sides of a 78 record. The tracks " You Go to My Head ", "Taboo", "Lonesome Train" and "Swing House" were not included on the original 10-inch album.

The titles

Buddy Childers and Stan Kenton, approx. 1947/48 collage photograph by William P. Gottlieb .
# title composer length
1. Prologue (This is an Orchestra!) Bill Russo 9:59
2. Portrait of a Count Bill Russo 3:16
3. Young Blood Gerry Mulligan 3:14
4th Frank Speaking Bill Russo 3:13
5. 23 Degrees North, 82 Degrees West Bill Russo 3:11
6th Taboo Margarita Lecuona , SK Russell (text) 3:19
7th Lonesome Train Gene Roland 2:48
8th. Invention for Guitar and Trumpet Bill Holman 2:54
9. My lady Bill Russo 3:20
10. Swing house Gerry Mulligan 2:56
11. improvisation Bill Russo 6:22
12. You go to my head J. Fred Coots , Haven Gillespie 3:20


Individual evidence

  1. Cook and Morton rated the album in the Penguin Guide to Jazz with the second highest grade; quoted after Cook and Morton, p. 831
  2. Richard Cook, cit. in Collin Larkins' book: All Time Top 1000 Albums , London, 1994
  3. cit. after Cook and Morton, p. 831