Pete Rugolo

Born 25 December 1915, San Piero, Sicily
Died 16 October 2011, Los Angeles, California
Principle instrument piano
Kenton sideman no

If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight
Impressionism
Pete Rugolo

When Pete Rugolo joined the Stan Kenton Orchestra as staff arranger in 1945 he brought with him his love of jazz, Stravinsky and Bartók. Given free reign by Kenton he experimented constantly, creating a sound that was at the same time innovative and popular. Although Kenton himself was already creating experimental scores prior to Rugolo’s tenure, it was Rugolo who brought to the band the extra-jazz influences and the ultra-experimental approach that were to dominate the band throughout its existence. read more…

From the article, Pete Rugolo and Progressive Jazz, by Terry Vosbein. Presented at the IAJE International Conference, New York, January 2001.

Arrangements & compositions created for Kenton

* indicates original composition
+ denotes chart not written for Kenton, but played by the Kenton band

Abstraction * (Prologue Suite – Movement 3) (1947)
Across the Alley from the Alamo (1947) June Christy vocal
After You (1946) The Pastels vocal, vocal arranged by Dave Lambert
Afternoon of a Faun (1946) Al Anthony feature
All God’s Chillun Got Rhythm (1950) June Christy vocal
All the Things You Are (1947) Kai Winding feature
All the Things You Are (1948) June Christy vocal
All the Time (1946) Gene Howard vocal
Along With Me (1946) Gene Howard vocal
Angel Eyes + (1959) The Four Freshmen vocal Road Show
Artistry in Bolero * (1946)
Artistry in Bolero * (1958) Lush Interlude
Artistry in Boogie * (Tuxedo Boogie) (1946) co-composed with Kenton
Artistry in Gillespie * (Dizzy Like / Design for Brass) (1948)
Artistry in Percussion * (1946) Shelly Manne feature
Artistry in Rhythm (1947)
Artistry in Rhythm (1950) co-arranged with Kenton Innovations
Artistry in Rhythm (1958) Lush Interlude

Ballade for Drums * (1958) The Kenton Touch
Be Easy, Be Tender (1950) Jay Johnson vocal
The Bells of St. Mary’s (1946) Gene Howard vocal
Blue Moon (1947)
Blues in Riff * (Repetitious Riff / Hammersmith Riff) (1950)
Bongo Riff * (1947) Jack Costanza feature
But Then You Kissed Me (1950) Jay Johnson vocal
By the River Ste. Marie (1946) The Pastels vocal, vocal arranged by Dave Lambert

Candy + (1959) Four Freshmen vocal (TV: Music ’60 – The Jack Kane Hour)
Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man (1946) June Christy vocal
Can’t We Talk It Over? (1947)
Capitol Punishment * (Rhythm Incorporated – Part 2) (1947)
Chorale for Brass, Piano and Bongo * (Prologue Suite – Movement 2) (1947)
Cocktails for Two (1946)
Cocktails for Two (1947) Skip Layton feature
Collaboration * (1946) co-composed with Kenton
Collaboration * (1947) Kai Winding feature
Collaboration * (1958) Lush Interlude
Come Back to Sorrento (1946) Vido Musso feature
Come Rain or Come Shine (1946) June Christy vocal
Concerto of Love (Concerto to End All Concertos) (1963) choir Artistry in Voices and Brass
Concerto to End All Concertos (1958) Lush Interlude
Conflict * (1948) June Christy vocal
Conflict * (1949) June Christy vocal Innovations
Conflict * (1964) Milt Bernhart feature Neophonic
Cuban Carnival * (Cubana / Opus 69) (1946)
Curiosity (1947) June Christy vocal

Daydreams in The Night * (Machito) (1963) choir Artistry in Voices and Brass
Don’t Blame Me (1948)
Don’t Want That Man Around (1946) June Christy vocal
Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me (1947) The Pastels vocal
Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me (1948) June Christy vocal
Down in Chihuahua (1946) The Pastels vocal, vocal arranged by Dave Lambert, originally band vocal
Down in Chihuahua (1946) instrumental

Eager Beaver (1963) choir Artistry in Voices and Brass
East of the Sun (1948)
Easy-Riff * (1947)
Elegy for an Alto * (1947) George Weidler feature
Elegy for an Alto * (1958) The Kenton Touch
Embraceable You (1945) Gene Howard vocal
The End of The World (Early Duke) * The Kenton Touch
Everything Happens To Me (1947) Ray Wetzel vocal
Everything I Have is Yours (1947) Chico Alvarez feature

Flame * (Artistry in Bolero) (1963) choir Artistry in Voices and Brass
Francesca (1951)
Freddy (1955) Ann Richards vocal
Fugue for Rhythm Section * (1947)

Get Happy
(1950) June Christy vocal Innovations
Gloomy Sunday (1948) June Christy vocal
Gone with the Wind (1947) June Christy vocal
Great Scott + (1953) June Christy vocal (1953 European tour)

Hambeth * (Theme for Trombone) (1948) Milt Bernhart feature
He Was a Good Man, as Good Men Go (1947) June Christy vocal
Here Goes * (194?)
He’s Funny That Way (1946) June Christy vocal
His Feet Too Big for De Bed (1946) June Christy & The Pastels vocal, arranged by Dave Lambert
Hollywood Turmoil * (1947)
The Hot Canary (1951) Maynard Ferguson feature
How High the Moon (1947) June Christy vocal, from a Neal Hefti combo arrangement
A Hundred Years from Today (1948) June Christy vocal

I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me (1946) June Christy vocal
I Cover the Waterfront (1947) vocal
I Don’t Know Why, I Just Do (1946) Gene Howard vocal
I Get a Kick Out of You (1947) Vido Musso feature
I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good (1947) June Christy vocal
I Got the Sun in The Morning (1946) June Christy vocal
I May Be Wrong (1946) June Christy vocal
I Told Ya I Love Ya, Now Get Out (1947) June Christy vocal
I Want to Be Happy + (1957) June Christy vocal (1959 Road Show Tour)
If I Could Be With You (1946)
If I Should Lose You (1947) June Christy vocal
I’ll Bet You Do (1947) June Christy and The Pastels vocal
I’ll Never Be the Same (1945) Boots Mussulli feature
I’ll Remember April (1947) June Christy vocal
I’ll Remember April (1950) June Christy vocal Innovations
I’ll Remember April (1951)
Ill Wind (1948) June Christy vocal
I’m So in the Mood (1950) Jay Johnson vocal
I’m Yours (1946) Gene Howard vocal
Imagination (1950) June Christy vocal Innovations
Impressionism * (1946)
In a Sentimental Mood (1947)
Interlude * (1947) Stan Kenton feature
Interlude * (1958) Lush Interlude
Intermezzo * (1951) full band
Intermezzo * (1951) saxes only
Intermission Riff (1963) choir Artistry in Voices and Brass
Introduction to A Latin Rhythm * (Prologue Suite – Movement 1) (1947)
It Could Happen to You + (1960) June Christy vocal (National Guard Transcription)
It’s A Most Unusual Day + (1959) June Christy vocal (Road Show tour)
It’s A Pity to Say Goodnight (1946) June Christy vocal
It’s Love (Sunset Tower) (1963) choir Artistry in Voices and Brass
I’ve Got the World on a String (1946)
I’ve Had My Moments (1948) June Christy vocal

Journey to Brazil * (Prologue Suite – Movement 4) (1947)
June’s Bop * (1948) June Christy vocal
Just Squeeze Me (1947) The Pastels vocal

Lament * (1947) Laurindo Almeida feature
Laura (1948)
Let There Be Love + (1960) June Christy vocal (1959 Playboy Jazz Festival)
Lonely Woman (April 1947) Milt Bernhart feature
Lonely Woman (November 1947) June Christy vocal
Lonesome Road (1949) Innovations June Christy vocal
Love for Sale (1948)
Love for Sale (1950) Innovations
A Lovely Way To Spend an Evening + (1956) June Christy vocal (1965 TV The Big Bands)
Lover (1946)
Lover Man (1946) Kai Winding feature
Lullaby in Rhythm (1948) June Christy vocal
Lush Waltz * (1958) Lush Interlude
Lush Waltz * (1965) Laurindo Almeida feature Neophonic

Machito * (1946)
Machito * (1958) Lush Interlude
The Man I Love (1947) Laurindo Almeida feature
The Man I Love + (1952) June Christy vocal (1953 European tour)
Mardis Gras (Carnival Samba / Playtime in Brazil) (1950) band vocal Innovations
Metronome Riff (Pete’s Riff) *(1947) for Metronome All-Stars
The Midnight Sun + (1953) June Christy vocal (1953 European tour)
Minor Riff * (1947)
Minor Riff * (1958) The Kenton Touch
Mirage * (1950) Innovations
Monotony * (January 1947) Artistry in Rhythm band
Monotony * (1947) Progressive Jazz band
Monotony * (1958) The Kenton Touch
Moonlove (Collaboration) * (1963) choir Artistry in Voices and Brass
My Heart Belongs to Only You + (1953) June Christy vocal (1953 European tour)
My Shining Hour + (1958) June Christy vocal (1959 Playboy Jazz Festival)

Never Too Late to Pray (1945) Gene Howard vocal
Night Song (Artistry in Rhythm) (1963) choir Artistry in Voices and Brass
Now He Tells Me (1947) vocal

On the Sunny Side of the Street (194?)
Once in A While (1947)
One Love (1947)
Opus A Dollar Three Eighty * (Opus a la Kenton) (1944)
Opus in Chartreuse (1958) The Kenton Touch
Orange Colored Sky (1950) Nat King Cole vocal
Orange Colored Sky (1961) Nat King Cole vocal
Out of Space * (Monotony) (1963) choir Artistry in Voices and Brass (not used on album)
Over the Rainbow (1947) June Christy vocal

Pagliacci (1950) Vido Musso feature
Painted Rhythm (1958) The Kenton Touch
Painted Rhythm (1963) choir Artistry in Voices and Brass
Pavane (for a Dead Infanta) (1948)
Peg O’ My Heart
(1946)
Pepper Pot * (Double Date) (1951) Art Pepper feature
Pete’s Idea * (1948)
Please Be Kind (1947) June Christy vocal
Prelude to A Kiss (1951) Jay Johnson vocal

Ray-June * (1948) June Christy and Ray Wetzel vocal
Rhythm Incorporated * (1946)
Rhythms at Work (1948)
Riff * (1950)
Rika Jika Jack (1946) June Christy vocal
A Rose for David * (1958) The Kenton Touch

Safranski (Artistry in Bass) * (1946) Eddie Safranski feature
Salute * (1949) Innovations
Salute * (1958) The Kenton Touch
Santa Lucia (1950) Vido Musso feature
Save the Bones for Henry Jones (1947) Ray Wetzel & Eddie Bert vocal
Say It Isn’t So (1947)
September in the Rain (1946) June Christy vocal 
September Song (1946) June Christy vocal
Sepulveda (1946) Ray Wetzel vocal
Show Me A Big Man (1947) June Christy vocal
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (1948)
Solitaire (1963) choir Artistry in Voices and Brass
Something Cool + (1953) June Christy vocal (1953 European tour)
Song for Trombone * (1947) Ray Klein feature
Soothe Me (1947) June Christy vocal
Sophisticated Lady (1946) Eddie Safranski feature
The Spider and The Fly (1947) June Christy & The Pastels vocal
Stan’s Riff (1947)
Stardust (1947)
Sweet Lorraine (1946) June Christy vocal

Tampico (1947) (adaption of Roland’s arrangement for short film “Let’s Make Rhythm”) June Christy & The Pastels vocal
Temptation (1947)
That’s All + (1956) June Christy vocal (1959 Playboy Jazz Festival)
That’s the Least You Can Do (1946) Gene Howard vocal
Theme for Alto * (1948) George Weidler feature
A Theme for My Lady * (Theme for Alto) (1958) Lush Interlude
Theme for Sunday (1958) The Kenton Touch
Theme to the West * (1946) co-composed with Kenton, Stan Kenton feature
Theme to the West * (1958) Lush Interlude
There Is No Greater Love (1947) The Pastels vocal
There’s No You (1951) Jay Johnson vocal
These Wonderful Things * (Lush Waltz) (1963) choir Artistry in Voices and Brass
They Didn’t Believe Me (1948) June Christy vocal
This Is My Theme * (1947) June Christy vocal
Three Bop (Three Mothers) * (1948)
Three Little Words (1948) Ray Wetzel vocal

Unison Riff * (The Fatal Apple)  (1946, rev. 1947)
Until the Real Thing Comes Along (1946) Gene Howard vocal
Untitled Original (1948) (origin of A Rose for David)

Wait and See (1945) Gene Howard vocal
Whee Baby + (1953) June Christy vocal (1953 European tour)
When Your Lover Has Gone (1947)
Where or When (1946) Gene Howard vocal
Who’s Got a Tent for Rent? (1946) Ray Wetzel vocal
Who’s That Knocking? (1946) Red Dorris vocal
Willow Weep for Me (1946) June Christy vocal

Yardbird Suite (1948)
Yesterdays (1946)
You Go to My Head (1945)
You’re Blasé (1948) June Christy vocal
You’re Mine, You (1948)

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah (1947) The Pastels vocal, vocal arranged by Dave Lambert

Thanks to Kenton scholar/author Michael Sparke for his meticulous assistance in making this list as accurate as possible.