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New Concepts of Artistry in Rhythm

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This 1952 Kenton classic is the ultimate nexus of swinging band and innovative composer. Maynard Ferguson, Lee Konitz, Conte Candoli and others play Invention for Guitar and Trumpet; Young Blood; Portrait of a Count , and more including bonus tracks!

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Band leader/pianist Stan Kenton is known for his superheated, shouting brass sections and eccentric conceptualizations for big bands, and this 1952 recording shows why. The set opens with "Prologue (This Is an Orchestra!)," in which Kenton delivers a spoken-word explanation of the unit's purpose and introduces the members to the listener. The star-studded lineup includes Lee Konitz and Vinnie Dean on alto saxophones, Richie Kamuca and Bill Holman on tenor saxophones, Bob Gioga on baritone, five trumpets (including Maynard Ferguson), five trombones (including Frank Rosolino), and Sal Salvador on guitar. The CD reissue contains four additional tracks not on the original release. --John Swenson


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Prologue (This Is An Orchestra!)Stan Kenton 9:59Album Only
  2. Portrait Of A CountStan Kenton 3:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Young BloodStan Kenton 3:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Frankly SpeakingStan Kenton 3:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. 23 Degrees North - 82 Degrees WestStan Kenton And His Orchestra 3:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. TabooStan Kenton 3:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. Lonesome TrainStan Kenton 2:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Invention For Guitar And TrumpetStan Kenton And His Orchestra 2:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. My LadyStan Kenton 3:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. Swing HouseStan Kenton 2:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. ImprovisationStan Kenton 6:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. You Go To My HeadStan Kenton 3:20$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 24, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B000005HFC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,011 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Caponsacchi HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 8, 2004
Format: Audio CD
A controversial, marginal jazz figure to some (Kenton barely rated a mention in Ken Burns' 20-hour jazz series on PBS) and a giant who attracts cult-like devotion from many others, Kenton's career from 1941 to 1979 provides plenty of musical evidence for all hypotheses about his originality and influence, not to mention the perennial question of whether he "swings." Of all his recordings, "New Concepts" is the most non-controversial and perhaps the most musical. The emphasis is on fresh, swinging mainstream jazz influenced by the innovations of Bird, Miles, and the beboppers. I can think of no other recording by Kenton, and perhaps by any other musician, that features so many great arrangers and players--from Bill Russo and Bill Holman to Maynard, Rosolino, and Lee Konitz. In fact, in the company of these cutting-edge arrangements and inventive solos, the inclusion of a "pretentious" Kenton production number--"This Is an Orchestra," narrated with great dramatic flare by Stan himself--is a welcome bonus.
The band of 1956 ("Kenton in Hi-Fi" and "Cuban Fire") proved to be Stan's most popular ensemble, but musicians and serious listeners will want to pick up the 1952 "New Concepts" album first. With this one in the collection, you might be forgiven for indulging yourself in Kenton's 44-piece Innovations Orchestra as well as the garish but bracing Wagnerian textures and brassy brilliance of the Neophonic and Mellophonium ensembles that would come later. I won't tell anyone (especially since at the moment I'm luxuriating in the sheer sonic sensuousness of the trombone choir on Stan's "Here's That Rainy Day").
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Thom Neko on February 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Just found Kenton's New Concepts in Artistry in Rhythm after a long search. It's like renewing a friendship with an old friend. In my opinion the Prologue is a classic and the entire album is wonderful. I guess I just don't agree with those who said Kenton didn't swing. Maybe I'm one of the "cult" members (never been a cult member before!) or just maybe Stan, even many years after his death, is still so far ahead of his time (as I believe he always was) that there are many who "just don't get it."
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Onouty on March 28, 2001
Format: Audio CD
After emerging from his psuedo-symphonic fling, Kenton assembled a hardbodied, swinging (detractors take note) band of phenomenal soloists who were equal to the sometimes overtaxing arrangements. There are some astounding performances here, and those who like to say Kenton's band didn't swing should take another listen to this session. From a jazz perspective, this is probably Kenton's best and most lasting album
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "sideman" on October 19, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This CD is an intimate portrait of one of the best bands ever. It's a "MUST" for any Stan Kenton fan. I never tire of hearing it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By diamondjohn@webtv.net on July 4, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Invention for Guitar and Trumpet amazes me every time I hear it. If you've never heard this one, Maynard and Sal will blow you away. The entire album is a talent showcase with no "space fillers".
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Roger Curavo on November 19, 2001
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I have been looking for Prologue this is an Orchestra for quite a few years. I was excited to find such a well produced album. I have enjoyed every song on it. This takes me back to when I saw the Kenton Orchestra in 1955-6? in Detroit. This CD is all that I expected and more. Roger Curavo St. Petersburg Fl
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 19, 1999
Format: Audio CD
While indicative of the Kenton style, it's not as "in your face" as are CUBAN FIRE and ADVENTURES IN TIME. For a treat, track down PORTRAITS IN STRINGS for a wonderful neophonic sound.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Yogi Bill on April 25, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Everything comes together here: The Russo compositions and arrangements, the unique Kenton ensemble voicings, and the soloists. It is perfect, timeless music, way up there with anything Elligton ever did. The entire album is totally fresh, original and brilliant, and the solo work is superb. This was the original progressive jazz of the early '50's -No wonder the beatniks and bohemians, Keroac, Ginsberg and all, thought Kenton was cool. It was because of Russo, Lee Konitz, Maynard Furguson,Frank Rosolino, Bill Holman,and others who made these sessions what they were. Apparently Stan didn't even play, but we know he brought it all together. Just as was said of Sinatra, this was Stan's world and these guys were lucky to be in it. They each benefited from the Kenton Band grounding influence without which they would have sounded adrift, but with the rich ensemble underpinnings the soloists always stayed 'at home' with their work, the band providing the structured, saturated environment for them to 'blow'. Every jazz purist has got to love this work.
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