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Kenton ’56

This week on Afterglow we’ll feature one of the more swinging Stan Kenton units, his 1956 “Contemporary Concepts” orchestra.

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Stan Kenton's Cool Hot & Swingin' Live

This week on Afterglow we’ll feature previously unreleased concert recordings from Stan Kenton’s 1956 “Contemporary Concepts” orchestra—one of the more swinging Kenton units, featuring soloists such as saxophonists Lennie Niehaus, Jack Nimitz, and Bill Perkins, trombonist Carl Fontana, and drummer Mel Lewis, tackling a dozen of arranger Bill Holman’s charts.

We’ll also hear new music from singer Jackie Ryan and sides from Tony Bennett, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Chet Baker and more.

Music Heard On This Episode

You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To
Jackie Ryan — You and the Night and the Music (Open Art, 2007)
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You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To
Jackie Ryan — You and the Night and the Music (Open Art, 2007)

Notes: Cole Porter song. New release.

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Deep in a Dream
Chet Baker — Deep in a Dream (Blue Note, 1959)
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Tenderly
Clifford Jordan/John Jenkins — Clifford Jordan/John Jenkins/Bobby Timmons (Prestige/New Jazz, 1957)
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Exactly Like You
Nina Simone — The Colpix Years (Rhino, 1959)
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The Opener
Stan Kenton — Cool, Hot and Swingin' (Tantara, 1956)
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My Funny Valentine
Stan Kenton — Cool, Hot and Swingin' (Tantara, 1956)
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Stompin' at the Savoy
Stan Kenton — Cool, Hot and Swingin' (Tantara, 1956)
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Polka Dots and Moonbeams
Stan Kenton — Cool, Hot and Swingin' (Tantara, 1956)
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While We're Young
Jackie Ryan — You and the Night and the Music (Open Art, 2007)

Notes: New release.

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The Very Thought of You
Jackie Ryan — You and the Night and the Music (Open Art, 2007)
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You Are There
Jackie Ryan — You and the Night and the Music (Open Art, 2007)

Notes: New release.

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Intermission Riff
Stan Kenton — Cool, Hot and Swingin' (Tantara, 2007)
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You Go to My Head
Billie Holiday — Lady Day: Master Takes and Singles (Columbia/Legacy, 1940)
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317 E. 32nd St.
Lennie Tristano — Live in Toronto 1952 (Jazz Records, 1952)

Notes: With Warne Marsh and Lee Konitz on saxophones.

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It Had to Be You
Tony Bennett — Sings the Ultimate American Songbook (Columbia/Legacy, 1964)

Notes: From a new anthology. Originally appeared on WHEN LIGHTS ARE LOW.

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What's New
Stan Kenton — Cool, Hot and Swingin' (Tantara, 1956)
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Don't Take Your Love From Me
Stan Kenton — Cool, Hot and Swingin' (Tantara, 1956)
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Out of Nowhere
Stan Kenton — Cool, Hot and Swingin' (Tantara, 2007)
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23 Degrees North, 82 Degrees West
Stan Kenton — Cool, Hot and Swingin' (Tantara, 1956)
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My Old Flame
Joe Pass/Sarah Vaughan — Guitar Virtuoso (Pablo, 1978)
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Slow Motion Blues
Lester Young — Complete Lester Young on Verve (Verve, 1951)
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The Sun Died
Betty Carter — At the Village Vanguard (Verve, 1970)
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Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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