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Concert in Miniature

Stan Kenton's outfit was one of the most popular bands playing on the West Coast and this series feature band remotes performing on the road.

71 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 31 hours, 23 min)
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For a musical form which valued improvisation and individuality, the Jazz world managed to produce some incredibly polarizing characters. Some artists find themselves persecuted by their peers for departing from the "purity" of Jazz, but how can one judge what is a departure and what is an innovation?

Stan KentonAs a Jazz man, Stan Kenton has been called progressive, controversial, innovative, influential, and a "cult figure". Although he trained and performed primarily as a pianist, the Kenton Sound became known as the "Wall of Sound" or "Wall 

of Brass". Born in Wichita, Kansas, 1911, Kenton grew up in Colorado before his family settled just outside of Los Angeles in Bell, California. Stan received piano lessons as a child, and by the time he graduated from Bell High School in 1930 he was working for several local dance bands. From the time he began performing professionally, it was obvious his temperament would make him a bandleader.

The first Stan Kenton Orchestra was formed in 1941 and spent the summer playing at the Rendezvous Lounge in Balboa Beach. He got what could have been a big break when his group was hired to appear as Bob Hope's band on the radio for the 1943-1944 season, but it seems to have been an unhappy experience for all involved and the job went to Les Brown. Things began to turn around when Kenton signed with newly formed Capitol Records in late 1943 and had a hit with "Eager Beaver".

By the end of the War, Kenton's outfit was one of the most popular bands playing on the West Coast. The "Big Band Sound" was beginning to wind down, and Kenton found that he was happier leading a concert orchestra than a dance band. His "Wall of Brass" stylings gained popularity, although at least one critic complained, "There is a danger of an entire generation growing up with the idea that jazz and the atom bomb are essentially the same natural phenomenon." He kept adding horns until, by the time Capitol released Innovations in Modern Music (1950), the Stan Kenton Orchestra was a 39-piece outfit with strings, a woodwind section, and two French horns. The album "swung despite the weight" of its huge staff, and afterward, Kenton trimmed back to a more reasonable 19-piece orchestra. This was basically the outfit he worked with for his Concert in Miniature series on NBC.

Stan Kenton

The Concert in Miniature series of band remotes began in the spring of 1952 and followed the Stan Kenton Orchestra on the road until the end of 1953. The series occurred during what is considered Kenton's most swinging period, and the music was considered "bombastic and unpredictable" but always maintained the Stan Kenton sound. Kenton's next big experiment came from 1960-63 when he built the band around a four-piece mellophonium section. Musically, the mellophonium is designed to take French horn parts in marching bands. The instrument uses less tubing than the French horn and appears similar to a large trumpet, its forward-facing conical bell being better suited for marching ensembles although mellophones are notoriously difficult to keep in tune. Nonetheless, Kenton cut 11 albums featuring the mellophonium section, two of which, Kenton's West Side Story (1961) and Adventures in Jazz (1961) were Grammy Winners.

After 1963, Kenton began working less and less with big name Jazz musicians and dedicating more time to encouraging Big Band music at the high school and college level. While on tour in Reading, Pennsylvania, in 1977, Kenton suffered a fall which resulted in a skull fracture. On August 17, 1979, he entered the hospital after a stroke, and he passed away on August 25 at the age of 67. A Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6340 Hollywood Blvd is dedicated honoring contributions to Recording by Stan Kenton.

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    total playtime 31 hours, 23 min
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    Volume 1 - 36 shows - total playtime 15 hours 22 minutes
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    1. Concert In Miniature 520405 000 Intermission Riff.mp3
    2. Concert In Miniature 520412 000 Machito.mp3
    3. Concert In Miniature 520530 000 Young Blood.mp3
    4. Concert In Miniature 520603 001 Concept.mp3
    5. Concert In Miniature 520610 002 George Devine Million Dollar.mp3
    6. Concert In Miniature 520624 004 Francesca.mp3
    7. Concert In Miniature 520701 005 Minor Riff.mp3
    8. Concert In Miniature 520715 007 Washington Dc.mp3
    9. Concert In Miniature 520722 008 Sweets.mp3
    10. Concert In Miniature 520729 009 Collaboration.mp3
    11. Concert In Miniature 520805 010 Taboo.mp3
    12. Concert In Miniature 520826 013 Limelight.mp3
    13. Concert In Miniature 520902 014 Love For Sale.mp3
    14. Concert In Miniature 520909 015 Cuban Incident.mp3
    15. Concert In Miniature 520916 016 Taboo.mp3
    16. Concert In Miniature 520923 017 Francesca.mp3
    17. Concert In Miniature 520930 018 Young Blood.mp3
    18. Concert In Miniature 521007 019 Solitaire.mp3
    19. Concert In Miniature 521014 020 Swing House.mp3
    20. Concert In Miniature 521021 021 Francesca.mp3
    21. Concert In Miniature 521028 022 Young Blood.mp3
    22. Concert In Miniature 521104 023 My World Is Music.mp3
    23. Concert In Miniature 521111 024 These Foolish Things.mp3
    24. Concert In Miniature 521118 025 Invention Guitar And Trumpet.mp3
    25. Concert In Miniature 521125 026 Young Blood.mp3
    26. Concert In Miniature 521202 027 Happy Talk.mp3
    27. Concert In Miniature 530101 028 Walkin Shoes.mp3
    28. Concert In Miniature 530110 029 Collaboration.mp3
    29. Concert In Miniature 530112 030 Swinghouse.mp3
    30. Concert In Miniature 530127 031 Esthete On Clark Street.mp3
    31. Concert In Miniature 530131 032 Sweets.mp3
    32. Concert In Miniature 530203 033 Walkin Shoes.mp3
    33. Concert In Miniature 530210 034 Fascinatin Rhythm.mp3
    34. Concert In Miniature 530217 035 Swinghouse.mp3
    35. Concert In Miniature 530224 036 Fascinatin Rhythm.mp3
    36. Concert In Miniature 530303 037 Limelight.mp3
    Volume 2 - 35 shows - total playtime 16 hours 0 minutes
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    1. Concert In Miniature 530324 039 New Conceptsartistry Rhythm.mp3
    2. Concert In Miniature 530414 040 Fascinatin Rhythm.mp3
    3. Concert In Miniature 530421 041 Walking Shoes.mp3
    4. Concert In Miniature 530428 042 Walking Shoes.mp3
    5. Concert In Miniature 530508 043 Collaboration.mp3
    6. Concert In Miniature 530512 044 Swinghouse.mp3
    7. Concert In Miniature 530519 045 Fascinatin Rhythm.mp3
    8. Concert In Miniature 530526 046 Over Rainbow.mp3
    9. Concert In Miniature 530602 047 Jump For Joe.mp3
    10. Concert In Miniature 530609 048 Swinghouse.mp3
    11. Concert In Miniature 530616 049 Have Havana.mp3
    12. Concert In Miniature 530623 050 Opener.mp3
    13. Concert In Miniature 530630 051 Theme And Variations.mp3
    14. Concert In Miniature 530707 052 Young Blood.mp3
    15. Concert In Miniature 530714 053 Theme And Variations.mp3
    16. Concert In Miniature 530721 054 Opener.mp3
    17. Concert In Miniature 530728 055 Bill Holmans Work.mp3
    18. Concert In Miniature 530804 056 Have Havana.mp3
    19. Concert In Miniature 530811 057 Frivolous Sal.mp3
    20. Concert In Miniature 530818 058 Artistry In Bolero.mp3
    21. Concert In Miniature 530825 059 Behind Scenes.mp3
    22. Concert In Miniature 530901 060 Behind Scenes.mp3
    23. Concert In Miniature 530908 061 Behind Scenes.mp3
    24. Concert In Miniature 530922 062 Behind Scenes.mp3
    25. Concert In Miniature 530929 063 Zoot.mp3
    26. Concert In Miniature 531006 064 23 Degrees N 82 Degrees W.mp3
    27. Concert In Miniature 531020 066 Prologue.mp3
    28. Concert In Miniature 531027 067 Theme And Variations.mp3
    29. Concert In Miniature 531103 068 Theme And Variations.mp3
    30. Concert In Miniature 531110 069 Portraits Of Standards.mp3
    31. Concert In Miniature 531117 070 Remedymore Music.mp3
    32. Concert In Miniature 531124 071 Develope Of Jazz Music.mp3
    33. Concert In Miniature 531201 072 Music For All Occasions.mp3
    34. Concert In Miniature 531208 073 Theme To West.mp3
    35. Concert In Miniature 531215 074 Swinghouse.mp3
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    1. Concert In Miniature 520405 000 Intermission Riff.mp3
    2. Concert In Miniature 520412 000 Machito.mp3
    3. Concert In Miniature 520530 000 Young Blood.mp3
    4. Concert In Miniature 520603 001 Concept.mp3
    5. Concert In Miniature 520610 002 George Devine Million Dollar.mp3
    6. Concert In Miniature 520624 004 Francesca.mp3
    7. Concert In Miniature 520701 005 Minor Riff.mp3
    8. Concert In Miniature 520715 007 Washington Dc.mp3
    9. Concert In Miniature 520722 008 Sweets.mp3
    10. Concert In Miniature 520729 009 Collaboration.mp3
    11. Concert In Miniature 520805 010 Taboo.mp3
    12. Concert In Miniature 520826 013 Limelight.mp3
    13. Concert In Miniature 520902 014 Love For Sale.mp3
    14. Concert In Miniature 520909 015 Cuban Incident.mp3
    15. Concert In Miniature 520916 016 Taboo.mp3
    16. Concert In Miniature 520923 017 Francesca.mp3
    17. Concert In Miniature 520930 018 Young Blood.mp3
    18. Concert In Miniature 521007 019 Solitaire.mp3
    19. Concert In Miniature 521014 020 Swing House.mp3
    20. Concert In Miniature 521021 021 Francesca.mp3
    21. Concert In Miniature 521028 022 Young Blood.mp3
    22. Concert In Miniature 521104 023 My World Is Music.mp3
    23. Concert In Miniature 521111 024 These Foolish Things.mp3
    24. Concert In Miniature 521118 025 Invention Guitar And Trumpet.mp3
    25. Concert In Miniature 521125 026 Young Blood.mp3
    26. Concert In Miniature 521202 027 Happy Talk.mp3
    27. Concert In Miniature 530101 028 Walkin Shoes.mp3
    28. Concert In Miniature 530110 029 Collaboration.mp3
    29. Concert In Miniature 530112 030 Swinghouse.mp3
    30. Concert In Miniature 530127 031 Esthete On Clark Street.mp3
    31. Concert In Miniature 530131 032 Sweets.mp3
    32. Concert In Miniature 530203 033 Walkin Shoes.mp3
    33. Concert In Miniature 530210 034 Fascinatin Rhythm.mp3
    34. Concert In Miniature 530217 035 Swinghouse.mp3
    35. Concert In Miniature 530224 036 Fascinatin Rhythm.mp3
    36. Concert In Miniature 530303 037 Limelight.mp3
    Volume 2 - 35 shows - total playtime 16 hours 0 minutes
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    1. Concert In Miniature 530324 039 New Conceptsartistry Rhythm.mp3
    2. Concert In Miniature 530414 040 Fascinatin Rhythm.mp3
    3. Concert In Miniature 530421 041 Walking Shoes.mp3
    4. Concert In Miniature 530428 042 Walking Shoes.mp3
    5. Concert In Miniature 530508 043 Collaboration.mp3
    6. Concert In Miniature 530512 044 Swinghouse.mp3
    7. Concert In Miniature 530519 045 Fascinatin Rhythm.mp3
    8. Concert In Miniature 530526 046 Over Rainbow.mp3
    9. Concert In Miniature 530602 047 Jump For Joe.mp3
    10. Concert In Miniature 530609 048 Swinghouse.mp3
    11. Concert In Miniature 530616 049 Have Havana.mp3
    12. Concert In Miniature 530623 050 Opener.mp3
    13. Concert In Miniature 530630 051 Theme And Variations.mp3
    14. Concert In Miniature 530707 052 Young Blood.mp3
    15. Concert In Miniature 530714 053 Theme And Variations.mp3
    16. Concert In Miniature 530721 054 Opener.mp3
    17. Concert In Miniature 530728 055 Bill Holmans Work.mp3
    18. Concert In Miniature 530804 056 Have Havana.mp3
    19. Concert In Miniature 530811 057 Frivolous Sal.mp3
    20. Concert In Miniature 530818 058 Artistry In Bolero.mp3
    21. Concert In Miniature 530825 059 Behind Scenes.mp3
    22. Concert In Miniature 530901 060 Behind Scenes.mp3
    23. Concert In Miniature 530908 061 Behind Scenes.mp3
    24. Concert In Miniature 530922 062 Behind Scenes.mp3
    25. Concert In Miniature 530929 063 Zoot.mp3
    26. Concert In Miniature 531006 064 23 Degrees N 82 Degrees W.mp3
    27. Concert In Miniature 531020 066 Prologue.mp3
    28. Concert In Miniature 531027 067 Theme And Variations.mp3
    29. Concert In Miniature 531103 068 Theme And Variations.mp3
    30. Concert In Miniature 531110 069 Portraits Of Standards.mp3
    31. Concert In Miniature 531117 070 Remedymore Music.mp3
    32. Concert In Miniature 531124 071 Develope Of Jazz Music.mp3
    33. Concert In Miniature 531201 072 Music For All Occasions.mp3
    34. Concert In Miniature 531208 073 Theme To West.mp3
    35. Concert In Miniature 531215 074 Swinghouse.mp3
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    71 recordings on 34 Audio CDs
    total playtime 31 hours, 23 min

    Concert in Miniature Disc A001

    1. Concert In Miniature 520405 000 Intermission Riff
    2. Concert In Miniature 520412 000 Machito

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    Concert in Miniature Disc A002

    1. Concert In Miniature 520530 000 Young Blood
    2. Concert In Miniature 520603 001 Concept

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    Concert in Miniature Disc A003

    1. Concert In Miniature 520610 002 George Devine Million Dollar
    2. Concert In Miniature 520624 004 Francesca

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    Concert in Miniature Disc A004

    1. Concert In Miniature 520701 005 Minor Riff
    2. Concert In Miniature 520715 007 Washington Dc
    3. Concert In Miniature 520722 008 Sweets

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    Concert in Miniature Disc A005

    1. Concert In Miniature 520729 009 Collaboration
    2. Concert In Miniature 520805 010 Taboo

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    Concert in Miniature Disc A006

    1. Concert In Miniature 520826 013 Limelight
    2. Concert In Miniature 520902 014 Love For Sale

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    Concert in Miniature Disc A007

    1. Concert In Miniature 520909 015 Cuban Incident
    2. Concert In Miniature 520916 016 Taboo

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    Concert in Miniature Disc A008

    1. Concert In Miniature 520923 017 Francesca
    2. Concert In Miniature 520930 018 Young Blood

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    Concert in Miniature Disc A009

    1. Concert In Miniature 521007 019 Solitaire
    2. Concert In Miniature 521014 020 Swing House

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    Concert in Miniature Disc A010

    1. Concert In Miniature 521021 021 Francesca
    2. Concert In Miniature 521028 022 Young Blood
    3. Concert In Miniature 521104 023 My World Is Music
    4. Concert In Miniature 521111 024 These Foolish Things

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    Concert in Miniature Disc A011

    1. Concert In Miniature 521118 025 Invention Guitar And Trumpet
    2. Concert In Miniature 521125 026 Young Blood

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    Concert in Miniature Disc A012

    1. Concert In Miniature 521202 027 Happy Talk
    2. Concert In Miniature 530101 028 Walkin Shoes

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    Concert in Miniature Disc A013

    1. Concert In Miniature 530110 029 Collaboration
    2. Concert In Miniature 530112 030 Swinghouse

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    Concert in Miniature Disc A014

    1. Concert In Miniature 530127 031 Esthete On Clark Street
    2. Concert In Miniature 530131 032 Sweets

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    Concert in Miniature Disc A015

    1. Concert In Miniature 530203 033 Walkin Shoes
    2. Concert In Miniature 530210 034 Fascinatin Rhythm

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    Concert in Miniature Disc A016

    1. Concert In Miniature 530217 035 Swinghouse
    2. Concert In Miniature 530224 036 Fascinatin Rhythm

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    Concert in Miniature Disc A017

    1. Concert In Miniature 530303 037 Limelight
    2. Concert In Miniature 530324 039 New Conceptsartistry Rhythm

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    Concert in Miniature Disc A018

    1. Concert In Miniature 530414 040 Fascinatin Rhythm
    2. Concert In Miniature 530421 041 Walking Shoes

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    Concert in Miniature Disc A019

    1. Concert In Miniature 530428 042 Walking Shoes
    2. Concert In Miniature 530508 043 Collaboration

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    Concert in Miniature Disc A020

    1. Concert In Miniature 530512 044 Swinghouse
    2. Concert In Miniature 530519 045 Fascinatin Rhythm

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    Concert in Miniature Disc A021

    1. Concert In Miniature 530526 046 Over Rainbow
    2. Concert In Miniature 530602 047 Jump For Joe

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    Concert in Miniature Disc A022

    1. Concert In Miniature 530609 048 Swinghouse
    2. Concert In Miniature 530616 049 Have Havana

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    Concert in Miniature Disc A023

    1. Concert In Miniature 530623 050 Opener
    2. Concert In Miniature 530630 051 Theme And Variations

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    Concert in Miniature Disc A024

    1. Concert In Miniature 530707 052 Young Blood
    2. Concert In Miniature 530714 053 Theme And Variations

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    Concert in Miniature Disc A025

    1. Concert In Miniature 530721 054 Opener
    2. Concert In Miniature 530728 055 Bill Holmans Work

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    Concert in Miniature Disc A026

    1. Concert In Miniature 530804 056 Have Havana
    2. Concert In Miniature 530811 057 Frivolous Sal

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    Concert in Miniature Disc A027

    1. Concert In Miniature 530818 058 Artistry In Bolero
    2. Concert In Miniature 530825 059 Behind Scenes
    3. Concert In Miniature 530901 060 Behind Scenes

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    Concert in Miniature Disc A028

    1. Concert In Miniature 530908 061 Behind Scenes
    2. Concert In Miniature 530922 062 Behind Scenes

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    Concert in Miniature Disc A029

    1. Concert In Miniature 530929 063 Zoot
    2. Concert In Miniature 531006 064 23 Degrees N 82 Degrees W

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    Concert in Miniature Disc A030

    1. Concert In Miniature 531020 066 Prologue
    2. Concert In Miniature 531027 067 Theme And Variations

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    Concert in Miniature Disc A031

    1. Concert In Miniature 531103 068 Theme And Variations
    2. Concert In Miniature 531110 069 Portraits Of Standards

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    Concert in Miniature Disc A032

    1. Concert In Miniature 531117 070 Remedymore Music
    2. Concert In Miniature 531124 071 Develope Of Jazz Music

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    Concert in Miniature Disc A033

    1. Concert In Miniature 531201 072 Music For All Occasions
    2. Concert In Miniature 531208 073 Theme To West

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    Concert in Miniature Disc A034

    1. Concert In Miniature 531215 074 Swinghouse

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