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Kenton With Voices/Artistry in Voices and Brass

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Stan’s collaborations with vocal groups like the Four Freshmen are legendary, so you know this pair of vocal-oriented albums are liable to be very tasty! Stan himself arranged 1957’s "Kenton with Voices" for the vocal talents of Ann Richards and the male quartet the Modern Men, while 1963’s "Artistry in Voices and Brass" took Pete Rugolo arrangements of classic Kenton compositions like "Artistry in Rhythm" and "Intermission Riff," added lyrics by Milt Raskin, re-titled them and set them to an 18-voice choir (Stan was never accused of thinking small)! We’ve also added three unreleased bonus tracks ("Sunday’s Child," "Thanks for You," and "Orchids in the Moonlight") for a total of 26 tracks of sublime orchestra and vocals. A Collectors’ Choice Music exclusive!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Dancing In The Dark
  2. Sophisticated Lady
  3. Softly
  4. Eager Beaver
  5. Women Usually Do
  6. After You
  7. Temptation
  8. Walk Softly
  9. Opus In Chartreuse
  10. All About Ronnie
  11. Interlude
  12. Lullaby Of The Leaves
  13. Flame
  14. Moonlove
  15. Painted Rhythm
  16. These Wonderful Things
  17. Eager Beaver
  18. Daydreams In The Night
  19. Intermission Riff
  20. Concerto (of Love)
  21. Solitaire
  22. It's Love
  23. Night Song


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 8, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • ASIN: B00008A8I7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,306 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A CD bargain with two good Kenton long players on the one disc. 'Kenton with Voices' (1957) was his first full-length album with voices, Ann Richards and the Modern Men quartet, 'Artistry in Voices and Brass' (1964) featured an eighteen-voice choir.

I liked the mix of tracks with lyric and wordless vocals. The 'Artistry in Voices' tracks are interesting (apart from having a crisper sound than 'Kenton with Voices') because there are only five trombones and a rhythm section providing the backing for the singers. The arrangements were by Pete Rugolo and had no lyrics but luckily Milt Raskin, for some reason, had written lyrics to eleven of Kenton's best known themes and they are part of the thirteen tracks featured here. Just listen to 'Painted Rhythm', 'Intermission Riff' or 'It's Love' to hear how well he succeeded. You get to hear two versions of 'Eager Beaver', too. The first version is from 'Kenton with Voices' with a wordless vocal, the second, from 'Voices and Brass', now has the lyrics by Raskin and is a super up-tempo number.
If you liked the sound of big band vocal groups from the Fifties you'll enjoy this seventy-seven minute Kenton twofer.

This CD is another from Collectors' Choice and they continue to re-issue great back catalog material. A minor criticism concerns the inlay card, it reproduces the back covers from the two Kenton LPs but so small that the interesting original text can't be read. Other companies neatly solve this problem by printing the back LP cover life-size and then folding it in four to fit the jewel box size.
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"Daydreams in the Night" - vocal chorus

Five Big Stars!! This is classic Kenton but with female and male voices emulating orchestral instruments on his classic arrangements. In the tradition of the Hi-Los. Kenton's spare but beautiful piano is evident throughout but subdued, giving the voices center stage. This is one of my Top 25 favorite jazz albums of all time.

There are six "Pieces D'Resistance". "DayDreams in the Night", with it's very effective low register voices in the beginning and the surprise entrance of the high voices, all with the classic Kenton "punchy" trombones over a hard-driving latin rhythm. Mesmerizing! A similar high-low voice-entry pattern is used with "Solitaire", but at a slow balladic tempo with the female voices being especially ethereal: listen to this one at sunset and it will overpower you! "It's Love" is simply a wonderful vocal updating of another Kenton instrumental classic, with really effective swirling double/triple tempo vocal scatting, a really hip lyric, all over a swinging tempo. "Eager Beaver" is a very familiar Kenton song, notable for it's extended dramatic pauses, with wonderful lyrics underpining the entire performance. "I Will Follow You" gets a beautiful extended treatment from the voices with orchestral fills. Trombones dominate the background support. "Night Song" (the lyric version of Kenton's signature "Artistry in Rhythm") runs the gamut of tempos, from Kenton's beautiful solo piano exposition of the theme to the manic uptempo inter-twining of voices and orchestra. Of special note is the amazing seven-note figure beautifully scatted by a solo female voice.
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Great vocal plus jazz band with the kenton sound. Great romantic music for anyone who remembers Kenton and Anita Kerr. After you've heard this, also get one of Jackie Gleason's big band CDs (Great trumpet music)! (Yes, that Jackie Gleason. But he had great taste in arangements and in music).
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I owned the vinyl version of Kenton with voices in the 50's and to get it now on CD was, to me, a real blast from the past. The recording is great and the album shows another side to the amazing artistry of the Stan Kenton orchestra. This is one of the best albums he did. Although, the other albums now available, like Artistry in Rythmn and Kenton in HIFi are better as they show the real band in all it's glory.
This album, though, to me is 5 stars. The other album, I was not even aware of so I can't rate that.
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