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Stan Kenton
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Stan Kenton (1911–1979) formed his first full orchestra in 1940 and soon drew record-breaking crowds to hear and dance to his exciting sound. He continued to tour and record unrelentingly for the next four decades. Stan Kenton: This Is an Orchestra! sums up the mesmerizing bandleader at the height of his powers, arms waving energetically, his face a study of concentration as he cajoled, coaxed, strained, and obtained the last ounce of energy from every musician under his control. Michael Sparke’s narrative captures that enthusiasm in words: a lucid account of the evolution of the Kenton Sound, and the first book to offer a critical evaluation of the role that Stan played in its creation. “Michael Sparke’s book, the first general history of the Kenton Orchestra, is the best evaluation yet of Kenton’s 40-year musical development.”—The Wall Street Journal

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xi
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  1. Prelude
  2. pp. 1-5
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  1. 1. Balboa Bandwagon (1941)
  2. pp. 6-12
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  1. 2. Hollywood Highs and Big Apple Blues (1941-1942)
  2. pp. 13-20
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  1. 3. Hanging On (1942-1943)
  2. pp. 21-27
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  1. 4. Dance Band Days (1944-1945)
  2. pp. 28-35
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  1. 5. A New Beginning (1945)
  2. pp. 36-42
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  1. 6. The Arrival of Rugolo (1946)
  2. pp. 43-48
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  1. 7. The Artistry Orchestra (1946)
  2. pp. 49-56
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  1. 8. Artistry off the Rails (1947)
  2. pp. 57-62
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  1. 9. Progressive Jazz (1947)
  2. pp. 63-70
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  1. 10. The Lost Years (1948-1949)
  2. pp. 71-79
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  1. 11. Innovations in Modern Music (1950-1951)
  2. pp. 80-93
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  1. 12. New Concepts of Artistry in Rhythm (1952)
  2. pp. 94-104
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  1. 13. If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Belgium (1953)
  2. pp. 105-116
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  1. 14. "Kenton Presents Jazz" (1954-1955)
  2. pp. 117-125
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  1. 15. Stompin' at the Savoy (1955)
  2. pp. 126-132
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  1. 16. Fuego Cubano! (1956)
  2. pp. 133-142
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  1. Photo Section
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  1. 17. Back to Balboa (1957-1958)
  2. pp. 143-150
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  1. 18. Standards in Silhouette (1958-1959)
  2. pp. 151-161
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  1. 19. The Restless Searcher (1960)
  2. pp. 162-169
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  1. 20. Four of a Kind: The Mellophonium Orchestra (1961)
  2. pp. 170-180
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  1. 21. Adventures in Time (1962-1963)
  2. pp. 181-193
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  1. 22. Adventure in Emotion: The LA Neophonic (1964-1968)
  2. pp. 194-201
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  1. 23. Marking Time (1965-1966)
  2. pp. 202-206
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  1. 24. Delights and Disappointments (1967-1969)
  2. pp. 207-219
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  1. 25. The Creative World of Stan Kenton (1970)
  2. pp. 220-231
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  1. 26. Macumba! (1971)
  2. pp. 232-239
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  1. 27. Height of Ecstasy (1972-1973)
  2. pp. 240-256
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  1. 28. Kenton Goes Rock (1973-1974)
  2. pp. 257-267
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  1. 29. The Road to "No Where" (1975-1976)
  2. pp. 268-278
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  1. 30. Accident! (1977)
  2. pp. 279-285
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  1. 31. Wounded Warrior (1978)
  2. pp. 286-294
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  1. 32. The End of an Era (1979)
  2. pp. 295-301
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  1. Postlude
  2. pp. 302-308
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 309-324
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  1. Bibliography
  2. p. 325
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 327-345
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