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Live on the Road

  • 1. Speak Low
    2. Here's That Rainy Day
    3. Nada Mas
    4. Stompin' at the Savoy
    5. Everything Happens to Me
    6. Sunrise Lady
    7. Theme and Variations
    8. Big Sur
    9. Circe
    10. MacArthur Park
    11. I Remember You
    12. Espania
    13. Fall Ascending
    14. Eager Beaver
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 356

  • Credits
    ProducerMike Vax

    Big Band Featuring Alumni Of The Stan Kenton Orchestra.
    Mike Vax Big Band: Mike Vax (trumpet); Kim Richmond, Bruce Johnstone, Bob Keller, Pete Gallo, Joel Kaye (saxophone); Dennis Noday, John Harner, Steve Campos, Steve Huffsteter (trumpet); Roy Wiegand, Dale DeVoe, Curtis Fox, Kenny Shroyer, Mike Suter (trombone); Liz Sesler-Beckman (piano); Jim Widner (bass); Gary Hobbs (drums); John Akal (Latin percussion).
    Recorded live in Cambridge, Massachussets, and Windber, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
    Personnel: Mike Vax (trumpet); Joel Kaye (saxophone, alto saxophone); Kim Richmond (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Pete Gallio, Bob Keller (tenor saxophone); Bruce Johnstone (baritone saxophone); John Harner, Steve Huffsteter , Dennis Noday, Steve Campos (trumpet); Mike Suter, Roy Wiegand, Kenny Shroyer, Dale Devoe, Curtis Fox (trombone); Gary Hobbs (drums); John Akal (congas, percussion).
    Audio Mixer: Phil Edwards .
    Liner Note Authors: Mike Vax; Kim Richmond.
    Recording information: Cambridge, MA (2001); Gettysburg, PA (2001); Harrisburg, PA (2001); Pittsburgh, PA (2001); Windber, PA (2001).
    Arrangers: Dee Barton; Dave Wolpe; Johnny Richards ; Kim Richmond; Steve Huffsteter ; Bill Holman; Bruce Johnstone.
    In 2001, trumpeter Mike Vax organized a road tour for a big band mostly comprised of Stan Kenton alumni. Some of the selections released on this album (taken from various live concerts from the tour) are straight from the Kenton book, but others are adaptations or more recent originals, and the solos in all cases are spontaneous rather than taken off records. With such fine players as trumpeter Steve Huffsteter, altoist Kim Richmond, pianist Liz Sesler-Beckman, baritonist Bruce Johnstone, altoist Kim Richmond, and Vax being among the many soloists, the band swings such numbers as "Speak Low," Bill Holman's famous arrangement of "Stompin' at the Savoy," "Theme and Variations," "MacArthur Park," and "Eager Beaver." Johnstone, Huffsteter, and especially Richmond contribute arrangements very much in the Kenton style to this worthy project. ~ Scott Yanow

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