Post Tagged with: "Stan Kenton"

Chris Connor – Sings Gentle Bossa Nova (1965, reissue)

You’re forgiven for forgetting that Chris Connor, one of the premier cool-jazz vocalists, took a quick detour into popular music in the mid-1960s.

Movies: Stan Kenton – Artistry in Rhythm: Portrait of a Jazz Legend (2011)

Stan Kenton would have been 100 this year and, in many ways, he’s as misunderstood now as he was in his own time.

Forgotten series: Nat ‘King" Cole – Welcome to the Club (1959)

Forgotten series: Nat ‘King" Cole – Welcome to the Club (1959)

The King has been dead for nearly a half century. Not that you’d know it with all the reissues, television specials and creepy rip offs from Nat Cole’s daughter over the last pair of decades. He’s funny that way. Cole has had more output over that period than many living jazzers, and he’s brought more surprises — this album (sinceRead More

One Track Mind: Shorty Rogers and His Giants, "Martians Go Home" (1955)

One Track Mind: Shorty Rogers and His Giants, "Martians Go Home" (1955)

A canny mixture of an old-school swinging style with the then-new cool sound, even if its name sounds like a goof. Shorty Rogers, who’d first garnered attention as part of bands led by Woody Herman (both the first and second Herds) and then Stan Kenton, had a way of confounding expectations. Born Milton Rajonsky in 1924, Rogers was one ofRead More

Gerry Mulligan, Shorty Rogers, Miles Davis- Birth of the Cool, Vol. 2 (1992)

NICK DERISO: Volume 2 gives an idea of how considerable a wake the 1940s Miles Davis Nonet left. Taking its name from Davis’ legendary 1950 recording, this welcome, if belated, compilation scoops up all of the Capitol cuts from the early ’50s by two of the nonet’s most important disciples, Shorty Rogers and his Giants and the Gerry Mulligan Tentette.Read More

Guilty pleasures: June Christy

NICK DERISO: This is a woman who could fall to whispery sweet nothings, even from the highest precipice, effortlessly. Start with “Something Cool,” issued on Capitol in 1955 and recorded with Pete Rugolo — Stan Kenton’s one-time musical director — and an orchestra. June tumbles, she sidesteps and old Pete, he keeps right up, letting Christy coo to her heart’sRead More