Stan Kenton: Artistry in Rhythm: Portrait of a Jazz Legend
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Stan Kenton in 2011, this documentary by award-winning
jazz filmmaker Graham Carter covers all facets of Kenton s
amazing career and includes much of the groundbreaking
music that was performed by the Stan Kenton Orchestra
over the years.
Stan Kenton is acknowledged as one of the pioneers in
developing contemporary big band jazz, with a career as
bandleader starting in the early 1940s and lasting through
the late 1970s. Kenton was responsible for helping bring
many jazz stars to fame, including June Christy, Maynard
Ferguson, and Lee Konitz. Many great arrangers wrote for
the Kenton band including Bill Holman, Bill Russo, Lennie
Niehaus, Gerry Mulligan, and Pete Rugolo. Kenton was one of
the pioneers of integrating Afro-Cuban rhythms with big band
jazz, and was at the forefront of introducing jazz education to
colleges and high schools throughout the world.
Documentary on big band jazz legend Stan Kenton.
Interviews with over 20 people associated with Kenton s
long and successful career.
Hundreds of images from the Kenton archives.
Rare film and television performances by the Stan
Top Customer Reviews
There are a few flaws and omissions that insiders will notice, including Audree Coke Kenton's questionable assertion that she and Stan were married in Tijuana. More could have been done with Stan's children. One daughter has a new book on her usually absentee father that is stained with often incredible anger. One wife blew her brains out. A son....well, in short, more could have been said.
The film clips are especially enjoyable. I saw the band in person from 1951 until the end, in 1978, and the thrill remains. A great bandleader deserved a great portait, and we can all be pleased that the film makers have done their art on a very high level.
Kenton was dedicated to the advancement and education of music and this documentary presents that beautifully. His career from start to finish is covered. Any student of music or lover of jazz should absolutely have this in their collection. Highly recommended.
If your a Kenton fan, get this disc!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I attended several of Kenton's concerts in the late '40s and I really enjoyed reliving those times through the music. Ah to be young again!Published on October 4, 2013 by Sir James
Kenton took his band musically to new levels. He was able to raise the group's performances
to a concert plateau.
I have not viewed this because I gifted it unopened to a friend who produced and performed in Kenton tribute concerts with the high-school age students he was teaching at the... Read morePublished on April 12, 2013 by 5FingersPianomanJoe
Greatly disappointed , while the interviews were interesting I could have that from a book. I expected alot more footage of the great man and his band in concerts. Oh wellPublished on August 6, 2012 by tp36