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Viva Kenton Original recording remastered

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Afro-cuban music has been an important part of the Kenton sound since the late '40s. When the 1957 album Cuban Fire proved to be one of the band's most successful, Stan Kenton approached composer-arranger Gene Roland about writing a new all-Latin album. The result was Viva Kenton, recorded in New York in 1959 with a driving four-man percussion ensemble added to the orchestra. Soloists on this gem include Conte Candoli, Don Sebesky and Charlie Mariano. Added to the original album are six tracks from the 1961 album "Artistry In Bossa Nova". All the selections are newly remixed and mastered in 24 bit.

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  1. Mexican Jumping Bean 4:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Siesta 3:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Cha Cha Sombrero 4:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Chocolate Caliente 3:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. Aqua Marine 2:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Opus In Chartreuse Cha Cha Cha 2:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. Cha Cha Chee Boom 3:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Adios 3:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Mission Trail 3:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. Artistry In Rhythm 3:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. Artistry In Bolero 2:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. Interlude 2:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. Jump For Joe 3:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. Opus In Pastels 3:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
15. Concerto To End All Concertos 3:15Album Only
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 7, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B0009IW9SO
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #633,574 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Gibson on July 22, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Most of the selections fall into the subtlety category--most danceable and refreshingly Latin. The soloists are most apt and the arrangements seem to spotlight their best efforts. The Latin tempos are secure and the percussion keeps them pleasant. I particularly like the novelty gang-sing on Chocolate Caliente; the reminisces of Opus in Chartreuse, Adios, Opus in Pastels, Artistry (both versions), and Concerto. The trombone of Don Sebesky is a surprise on Chartreuse--altho' quite pleasant. I could say something complimentary about all of the cuts, but then I'm a most biased Kenton fan. If anyone likes the Stan sound, plus subtle tempos and solos from (to me) new artists, they will love this journey south..
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Matthew G. Sherwin HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 21, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Stan Kenton conducted his band for several decades during the twentieth century; and they often drew upon classical and Latin influences when they performed. This CD gives us excellent examples of Kenton and his band mates using Latin musical influences of the early 1960s to make some mighty beautiful music.

The CD starts with a number called "Mexican Jumping Bean;" and when the liner notes comment that this number "moves at a fast lick" they sure weren't kidding! The ultra fast tempo mimics the action of a jumping bean to get the track set off to a very strong start.

"Siesta" starts off with some great bass; and when the entire band gets playing in a minor key the number really shines! The slower tempo suggests that this would be very romantic music for dancing, too. The arrangement uses the horns and percussion very well. In addition, "Cha Cha Sombrero" really sounds like that awesome cha cha music everyone loved in the early 1960s. The horns are great and the beat is perfect for dancing, also.

"Chocolate Caliente" features some great vocals; the men sing of how they want nothing more in life than the pleasure of hot chocolate. The melody moves along at an even beat and the men harmonize well. This somewhat silly, playful ode to hot chocolate is sure to please you!

Other gems on this CD taken from the record album of the same name include "Opus In Chartreuse Cha-Cha-Cha" which boasts a magical yet classic cha cha music type of continental flair; and "Mission Trail" has another beat that will grab your attention. "Mission Trail" is music that practically begs you to dance to it; it's THAT good. Great percussion and horns on "Mission Trail," too!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By W. BUTLER on March 11, 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Take one look at Stan Kenton's discography during the late 50's, and it's clear "Viva Kenton" was cut during one of his low periods when to generate cash for the band (and Capitol Records) he recorded a string of "ballad" albums with a sad or romantically happy girl on the cover. If you're looking for authentic Big Band Jazz steer clear of these Bert Kaempfert confections. But as Stan has always specialized in Latin-American rhythms one had every reason to hope "Viva Kenton" might be an interesting jazz project as 11 of the 12 songs were composed and/or arranged by Gene Roland who did a fantastic job on "Adventures in Blues" made 2 years later in 1961.

And it's true his first 3 tracks auger well. But from then on, as "a concept album" things start to go awry. The Cha Cha Cha may be an official latin dance but has limited jazz potential. Especially when band members perform 2 amateurish sing-alongs. Then 2 quiet arrangements are played back-to-back. Who one wonders decided the most dynamic number - Stan's Latin "Artistry in Rhythm" should be the last track - instead of where it is in any Kenton concert - at the start? Perhaps this was Stan's generous concession to Gene Roland.

Although "Viva Kenton" was re-released by Capitol some of the transfers sound unusually flat. For a direct comparison listen to 4 of these tracks on an Italian "Giants of Jazz" CD of a Jan 30 1960 concert at Barstow California. Despite not being a studio recording, with the saxes closely miked Roland's arrangements have full Kentonian warmth - and in the 4 months since the recording session the band has got them down pat.

Now the really irritating disappointment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jim wilson on May 19, 2014
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The sound quality of the Hallmark CD is so poor it is difficult to distinguish a trumpet from an alto saxophone. I'll digitize my vinyl LP and reuse the jewel box.
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