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Standards in Silhouette - Stan Kenton

Standards In Silhouette: Stan Kenton (1959)

Remixed, remastered and reissued on CD in 1998. From new liner notes by Michael Sparke:" 21 years of age and still something of an idealist, Bill Mathieu entered the real world as staff arranger for the Kenton band. Mathieu's talent had enabled him to come up with the near-impossible, an original and especially beautiful slant on writing concert arrangements of popular ballads, that made them sound fresh and different. Mathieu's special skill lay in almost recomposing standard melodies with his own additional themes, an art aspired to by many writers, but rarely accomplished with the flair and ingenuity that Mathieu achieves."

Standards in Silhouette on Blue Note Records is available at CD Universe