Stan Kenton (1911–1979) shaped his first complete orchestra in 1940 and shortly drew record-breaking crowds to listen to and dance to his fascinating sound. He endured to travel and list unrelentingly for the following 4 many years. Stan Kenton: this can be an Orchestra! sums up the enchanting bandleader on the top of his powers, hands waving energetically, his face a learn of focus as he cajoled, coaxed, strained, and bought the final ounce of strength from each musician lower than his keep watch over. Michael Sparke’s narrative captures that enthusiasm in phrases: a lucid account of the evolution of the Kenton Sound, and the 1st ebook to provide a severe evaluate of the position that Stan performed in its construction. “Michael Sparke’s publication, the 1st basic heritage of the Kenton Orchestra, is the easiest assessment but of Kenton’s 40-year musical development.”—The Wall road magazine
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