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  • Audio CD (January 31, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CREATIVE WORLD
  • ASIN: B000001P34
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,899 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Chicago III Suite: Canon
2. Chicago III Suite: Mother
3. Chicago III Suite: Once Upon A Time
4. Chicago III Suite: Free
5. From Blood, Sweat & Tears: Alone
6. From Blood, Sweat & Tears: Inner Crisis
7. First Child
8. The Rise And Fall Of A Short Fugue

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 23, 2001
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This is one of Kenton's last albums, again revealing that he was constantly reaching for new expressions of jazz. This is a most challenging, often swinging, sometimes beautiful, occasionally flawed (especially the saxaphone solo on the last cut)recording that deserves to be in the collections of all Kenton fans. The trumpet section has chops of steel!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Puggo on December 9, 2011
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This album will mean different things to different people.

For folks who were in their high school jazz band in the mid-1970s, or for anyone who attended one of those week-long Kenton orchestra-in-residence workshops (I attended FIVE), this is an essential album that includes definitive versions of classic charts. Thousands of school stage bands played pieces from this album; you'll probably be able to hum along with "Alone", "Free", and "Inner Crisis". Trombonists around the country memorized Dick Shearer's interpretation of "Alone" (while bassists copied Mike Ross' bass licks), and the Blue Devils turned this arrangement of "Free" into a drumcorps anthem. Count ME in with this camp -- I listen to this album and feel like I'm 15 all over again. If you're like me, you MUST own this album. Furthermore, if like me you later advanced more deeply into jazz, you'll discover things on the album that you probably ignored or didn't understand before (more below).

If you are an older fan of 1950s Kenton, this album may be a bit frustrating. There are flashes of the old Kenton sound, particularly on the ballads, and on "Rise and Fall of a Short Fugue". But much of the time you'll wonder why all the rock beats. That said, I do remember that my grandfather enjoyed this album and his Kenton albums were from the 1950s.

If you are a knowledgeable jazz listener or musician, you'll find this album to be an interesting mix of brilliancies and failures. The arrangements are what the album is really about, and for the most part they are all excellent. As a kid, the essential track was "Alone", and I didn't understand "Rise and Fall of a Short Fugue".
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 21, 2005
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Stan Kenton had one of the greatest big bands ever. I personally think his band was beter than Buddy Rich's! Kenton plays Chicago is an amazing addition to all the great albums by him, like, Journey to Capricorn, Kenton 76, and Adventures in Jazz. He made fun, challenging, and versatile arrangements of some great Chicago songs, Free and Mother being my personal favorites. I would highly reccomend this album for any fan of Kenton or jazz in general. The trombones rock out in Mother and Free, and the trumpet players chops are made of iron. Buy this album!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Murphy on November 16, 2002
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This album is exciting. The arrangements of Chicago and Blood, Sweat, and Tears are probably better than the originals (no vocals). Bob Curnow did all the arrangements, and much to my surprise (being a band director who has played his concert music) the arrangements are smoking. Not sure where the flaws are at- this album burns for 34 minutes. The short length is my only concern, but the music is quite good. Highly recommended.
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