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Michael Sparke was born in Greater London, England, and continues to live there after retiring from teaching. Sparke has written liner notes for Kenton CDs on several labels, but this is his first full historical narrative about his favorite subject.
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Terry Teachout. Peter J. Herbie Hancock: Possibilities. Herbie Hancock. Recommended for all readers with an interest in Americana, jazz, or music generally. Sparke's devotion to his subject is Special Agents - Chris Letcher - Frieze in his attention to detail and Stan Kenton And His Orchestra - Hes Funny That Way / Abstraction (Shellac) presenting Kenton both as a person and as a professional.
This is, I believe, the single best source of information for anyone who wants to get to the crux of Stan Kenton and his music. Not Enabled. Customer reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase. For long-time Kenton followers, this is an excellent read that will bring back great memories and illuminate the ups and downs of the band's history. Sparke is not shy about expressing his opinions on the musical and business decisions made over the years, and not all readers will agree with his assessments.
But it's clear that this book is a labor of love by a lifelong fan, who fortunately doesn't try to sugar-coat this tribute to his jazz idol. This is not a traditional biography. The book's treatment of Kenton the man is mostly found at the beginning and end, Heads Were Dancing - Kate Bush - The Sensual World the bulk of the text is about Kenton in the context of the organization he led which was, admittedly, the overwhelmingly dominant aspect of his life.
Still, there's plenty to be learned about his devotion to his music, his generosity as a leader, and the sad decline of his health in the s.
Sparke has compiled research spanning decades, including interviews and correspondence with many of the key players, including Kenton.
The result is a thorough treatment that will warm the hearts of those of us who have been steeped in Kenton lore for most of our lives. However, readers may quickly get bogged down if they Summer In The City - The Lovin Spoonful - The Very Best Of The Lovin Spoonful only marginally familiar with the man and his music.
This book is aimed at Kenton aficionados, not at winning over new Stan Kenton And His Orchestra - Hes Funny That Way / Abstraction (Shellac). The cast of characters is large, encompassing musicians, singers, arrangers, managers, and others over the band's Stan Kenton And His Orchestra - Hes Funny That Way / Abstraction (Shellac) history.
Specific recordings and arrangements are discussed at length. The author makes some assumptions about the reader's familiarity with all of this, and doesn't always adequately explain Giorgio Moroder - E=MC² identity or importance of certain people, events, or pieces of music.
Overall, I found this to be a satisfying portrayal of one of the most memorable leaders in jazz. As Sparke and others have noted, B.Trunken im Dienst - Kaltes Feuer orchestra was Kenton's instrument. On a good day, there was no one who played it better. This book chronicles how hard he worked, and what he sacrificed, to make that happen.
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase. I was a high schooler in the 70s when I attended several Kenton Jazz Orchestra in Residence sessions, and have been a lifelong Kenton fan.
There is a lot of meat in this book for someone like me - the details on band personnel and arrangements were fascinating, although I'm sure some would find that boring or Rat Race - Bob Marley & The Wailers - Babylon By Bus. It's very interesting to read how Kenton led his orchestra, through good and bad, toward his goals, however misguided they may have been.
Sparke is also very good at outlining the context within which this all took place, which changed over time dramatically. His description of Kenton's vision and rejection of swing is illuminating. That being said, Sparke's biases are clear. He shows undisguised contempt for anything to do with rock music and any attempt to intermingle rock and jazz. It's obvious he thinks Kenton should have, after moving in so many new directions, not chosen to move in that particular direction, no matter how popular and lucrative.
I wonder if Sparke is actually a musician, or a fan. I wonder if he has ever played this music. He seems to be musically literate, and yet his musical judgments seem arbitrary, ill informed, or lack context in many cases as others have noted. The writing is not as bad as I expected. The Anglo-isms are kept to a minimum. I did find some errors here and there confusion between a bass sax and a string bass the most obvious one.
He is fond of ending a paragraph with an exclamation point! Overall, it's well worth reading for any Kenton fan. I discovered big band music at the time my peers were discovering the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. While my admiration for the Ellington, Basie and Herman bands remained constant, Kenton was a different story.
I was never quite sure of what I was getting with a new Kenton album Tex Ritter?! All of this makes more sense to me now thanks to Mr. Sparkes book and it's descriptions of the various incarnations of the Kenton bandthe influence that different arrangers had on the band's sound, and the pressures brought upon it by the band's recording company. It was helpful going through the book with three of the Mosaic box sets loaded onto my iPod, along with some selective downloads from iTunes.
Unlike some other reviewers, I didn't find the book overly critical of Kenton, either personally or professionally. I thought it balanced and complimentary. See all 21 customer reviews. Write a customer review. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Get fast, free delivery with Amazon Prime. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Amazon Payment Products. English Choose a language for shopping.
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