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Kenton's West Side Story

West Side Story (Related Recordings), Stan KentonAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 1, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol Jazz
  • ASIN: B000005GY4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,570 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Mixing deep emotion with high drama, Kenton and arranger Johnny Richards triumphed with this 1961 adaptation of 10 West Side Story themes. The film's producers were reputedly blown away by these interpretations: I Feel Pretty; Maria; Cool; America; Somewhere; Tonight; Something's Coming , and more!

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4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7 out of 5 stars
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By C. Law
Format:Audio CD
This is one that ranks up there with the Beatles'"Abbey Road," Coltrane's "A Love Supreme," Brubeck's "Time Out," Sinatra At the Sands," etc., as one of the great albums of ANY genre!! Take a marvelous Bernstein score and give it to collaborators Stan Kenton and Johnnie Richards (who had previously scored BIG on "Cuban Fire") and you end up with a sum greater than the parts. The producers who brought "West Side Story" to the screen were heard to lament after hearing this album, "If we'd known about THIS at the time, THIS would have been the movie score!" Almost all of the score is heard, arranged for the famous "Mellophone Band," with featured soloists Gabe Baltazar, Conte Candoli, Bob Fitzpatrick, Dwight Carver, a percussion section anchored by drummer Jerry McKenzie (with George Acevedo, Mike Pacheco & Larry Bunker) and, of course, Stan. (You jazz and Kenton fans can see where THIS has to lead...). If you loved the show or the movie or just the MUSIC, you're okay here, too! This is just GREAT MUSIC. ( The three ballads, done with Richards' scoring for the mellophones up in the stratosphere, will make those little hairs stand up on the back of your neck, and are worth the price of the CD by themselves!!). All of the fire, fun, beauty and emotion of Leonard Bernstein's monumental creation are captured for the ages on this CD. But writing is BORING...LISTENING is ENJOYING!! (I'm sure not gifted enough to describe how great this sounds would be like trying to describe a sunrise!). BUY THIS CD....if you don't agree it's magnificent, please have your hearing checked right away!!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is my favorite Stan Kenton album! January 20, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Only creative collaboration of Johnny Richards and Stan Kenton could improve upon Bernstein's original West Side Story music. And did they! If you like Stan Kenton and the score from this classic musical, you'll love this album.
The instrumentation of each piece captures the emotion of the original. I am continually amazed at the intricate orchestration to produce a coherent sound. Kenton uses the mellophonium to maxiumum benefit, adding an almost vocal dimension to the music. Luckily, you can sample several of the pieces on line. They are among my favorites. Give them a listen.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If I could add a PLUS+++ to 5, I'd do it. March 15, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Wow! This is one of the CD's that gets played almost daily! Crisp arrangements, great score, dynamite delivery. Very highly recommended.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Lovers of big band jazz and serious brass sections will truly enjoy this. You will recognize the melodies imediately, but you will be literally blown away by Kenton's orchestra. You won't hear the original soundtrack again without a small feeling of regret that these arrangements didn't make it into the movie...
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never cool anymore. October 9, 2002
Format:Audio CD
When I bought this record in 1965 my father said he would kill me if I played that record again. But I kept playing it over and over again. Only our neighbours didn't liked this record. The mellophonium section is 5 stars. Arrangements 5.5 stars and the whole band is heavenly. I still have the original Lp in MONO and Stereo and the Cd version. It's a shame Stan Kenton didn't lived untill he was 90.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow December 26, 2001
By ferrbo
Format:Audio CD
This is absolutely one of the most innovative interpretations of an American classic you will ever hear. Even if you have no idea of the contribution of Stan Kenton, it is virtually impossible not to be thrilled with this recording. For fans of Kenton, fans of Bernstein or fans of band music this is a sure winner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stan Kenton's Finest Performance May 17, 2011
By TjS
Format:Audio CD
I purchased the original LP on Capitol Records in January 1962. Kenton's West Side Story was originally recorded in September 1961. Playing the LP over and over and listening to the great Kenton Orchestra with arrangements by
Johnny Richards was a thrill to behold. Alas, the LP finally became worn and scratched.
I recently purchased Kenton's West Side Story remastered cd on and was elated to hear the clarity and
fantastic performance that I had been missing on my LP playing on a 1960 Magnavox Stero system and later on my
components system.
Utilizing my Pioneer Audio-Video Receiver, Pioneer CD Player, and new MTX Speakers, I get to hear all the highs and
lows available. I consider Kenton's West Side Story to be the greatest achievement for the Kenton Orchestra.
I give this cd a 5 Star Plus rating. You will not be disappointed when you hear the great sounds on this cd.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Kenton, but not true to Bernstein's score October 30, 2008
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If you want to hear Lenny Bernstein's score played as he composed it, this is not the CD to listen to. However, if you are a fan of big band swing music in general and Stan Kenton in particular, you will enjoy listening to this CD. Kenton's version of West Side Story is a free interpretation; arrangements, phrasing, and rhythms are altered to fit Kenton's exotic style. For example, the prologue from the opening scene is played with a relaxed shuffle beat, not the tense syncopated rhythms and phrasing that Bernstein intended. One does not tamper with a work of a genius without incurring the risk of degrading it. Fortunately, in this case, Kenton can be forgiven, because this is his band at its best.

My favorite track on this CD is Cool, a free interpretation which swings and rocks the rafters. I can listen to it again and again. Another hard-swinging track is Something's Coming.

Perhaps the world needed a refreshing new interpretation of West Side Story in 1961, when this CD was recorded. However, a half century after Lenny Bernstein composed his masterpiece, the listener may prefer to hear the music as the composer intended it to be played.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
The music of Westside Story is fantastic. In this album , Stan Kenton provides a jzzz interpretation of that great music. His use of brass in unique and beautiful Great album.
Published 4 months ago by Russell J. LeBlanc
5.0 out of 5 stars I consider it to be the definitive interpretation
Bernstein proved his genius when he and Stephen Sondheim scored the musical, but Johnny Richards' arrangement took this to a new level. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mike Tarrani
5.0 out of 5 stars Westside Story with a kick;Stan Kenton's exciting version.
I love this recording;I had only an audio tape previously and now this will give me plenty of enjoyment,thank you. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Graeme L.
5.0 out of 5 stars I Got CD
This cd id great. You can hear the big band. Sounds like you are watching the movie all over again.
Published 18 months ago by Visa
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Kenton recordings ever!
West side story can be a little sentimental in it's film version...not so here! Excellent arrangements for a big band with that unique brass sound that was the Kenton... Read more
Published on June 2, 2012 by Mr. DAVID Geer
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz Classic!
West Side Story is still playing on stage today, gathering a new audience. The Stan Kenton interpretation is a great example of how great a big band can sound. Read more
Published on April 7, 2011 by Peter M. Boam
4.0 out of 5 stars Kenton West Side Story
Excellent replacement for my long since worn out LP
It certainly ranks up there with the best of Kenton recordings
Published on June 28, 2008 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Best brass section ever...
This is an absolutely stunning album. If you are "into" high-register trumpet playing, your jaw will be on the floor after the first shake in the Prologue. Read more
Published on June 23, 2008 by B. D. Leslie
5.0 out of 5 stars A Winner!
This album received a Grammy Award in 1961 for the best big band jazz recording of the year. The producers of the motion picture of the same title, commented when they heard... Read more
Published on September 17, 2007 by Joe Marquez
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