An expert on Stan Kenton, Sparke delivers a comprehensive history of Kenton's activities as a bandleader and creative force in jazz. Based largely on interviews with Kenton and members of the various incarnations of his orchestra, the book shows how the qKenton soundq evolved over four decades, focusing on the role that Kenton himself played in that development. While Sparke's style is sometimes a bit florid, his vast knowledge and enthusiasm for his subject is evident throughout the book. Likely to become the standard history of Kenton's orchestra, this book will be enjoyed by any reader interested in the history of big-band jazz. Annotation as2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com).The irony is that Getza#39; position was filled by Charlie Parker, an even more notorious user of banned substances. ... Gene Roland is a prime example, and in 1948 he had fired the little-known but talented trombonist Parky Groate, while retaininganbsp;...
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