You though I was sick of posting Broadway albums after October, right? Well think again. Here is this, which I purchased for $1.20. I think it the time, I was amassing various cover versions of Hair and this one popped up. Still on vacation at the time of you reading this so lets hope it went OK.
Stan Kenton has been on this site before. Twice I believe. One good record. One not so good record. Well here is this released in 1969, a year after the musical had become a sensation. Pretty good stuff which by the way is my standard response when I do not want to put much effort into this. Half the songs have vocals or at least a chorus. The others do not. Musically, this is a pretty entertaining. Could have really gone either way as when classical. old school band leaders interpret modern music, the results can be mixed. Fortunately for Kenton, this record does well. Key musicians include Bud Shank, Gene Cipriano, Jack Sheldon, Bill Hood, and Gil Falco.
For a sample, I thought “Colored Spade” was really funky. So here it is.