Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Sunny Song of the Day - Stan Kenton

Hear Stan Kenton perform "Sunny"


Track 1 on The World We Know lp
Stan Kenton and His Orchestra       3:01  Three minutes, one second

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Remarkably, after over two decades as an active recording artist, Stan Kenton (piano/arranger) could still pull off efforts as interesting as World We Know (1968). Combining divergent reworkings of pop music standards with his own undeniably unique originals, Kenton applies his trademark intricate and individual harmonic phrasings. The consistent results bear out his ability to augment his highly stylized arrangements within a framework of familiarity. While there is no mistaking this platter for rock or even what would be considered as 'pop' circa 1968, Kenton's adaptation of Bobby Hebb's soulful "Sunny" is given a spry up-tempo demeanor, building from a bop-influenced piano line to a full-blown big band drill. 


 REVIEW from blog Artwork by Manic Mark

The World We Know 
Stan Kenton And His Orchestra 
Capitol Records ST 2810 1968 

This is a great Kenton album. The LP kicks off with an inventive and subdued cover of Sunny, but the mood quickly grows a bit more "somber". The vibe becomes more moody, slow and smoky. The "spy/secret agent" flavored track titled Interchange interjects energy at the end of side one, but side two jumps right back into bluesy covers of Invitation, Girl Talk and This Hotel. Kenton's Changing Times presents a more upbeat tune that features cool tempo changes. The LP closes out with yet one more moody track and one of my favorite songs, Gloomy Sunday. Good stuff! Sunny Imagine A Man And A Women Theme For Jo Interchange Invitation The World We Knew This Hotel Changing Times Gloomy Sunday http://artworkbymanicmark.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-world-we-know-stan-kenton.html

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