Stan Kenton

Full Name Stanley Newcomb Kenton
Born
15 December 1911, Wichita, Kansas
Died: 25 August 1979, Hollywood, California
Principle instrument
piano

Artistry in Rhythm
Opus in Pastels
Stan Kenton

Stan Kenton utilized dozens of composers and arrangers during the more than three decades that he led a jazz orchestra. Many were giants in their own right who went on to have critically acclaimed careers. But it was always Kenton himself who was the architect of the sounds emanating from his bands. read more…

From the article, Stan Kenton: Master Dramatist, by Terry Vosbein. Presented at the IAJE International Conference, New York, January 2006

Capitol albums arranged by Kenton

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Kenton With Voices (1957)

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The Ballad Style of Stan Kenton (1958)

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Unissued Ballad Album (1961)

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The Romantic Approach (1961)

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Stan Kenton! Tex Ritter! (1962)

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Artistry In Bossa Nova (1963)

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Kenton / Wagner (1964)

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Plays For Today (1966)

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The World We Know (1967)

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Finian’s Rainbow (1968)

Arrangements & compositions

No list can ever be complete. There were hundreds of arrangements written and performed of which no record remains. This is the most accurate list to date. Pieces that were co-written or arranged with Pete Rugolo are not listed. Dynaflow is omitted because it is the author’s view that Kenton made little or no contribution to the arrangement. Titles are placed in the first year in which they appeared. Duplicate titles imply different arrangements.

* indicates original composition

007 * (1965)
109 *
112 *

A-Ting A-Ling
(1955)
Adios
(1941)
After You
(1957)
All About Ronnie
(1957)
All the Things You Are
(1961)
Alone Too Long
(1954)
Anna
(1966)
April In Paris
(1961)
Arkansas Traveler
(1941)
Around the Town (One Twenty)
(1945)
Artistry in Blues *
(1957)
Artistry in Bossa Nova
(Artistry in Bolero) (1963)
Artistry in Rhythm *
(1940)
Artistry in Rhythm *
(Production on Theme) (1943)
Artistry in Rhythm * (1963)
Artistry in Tango *
(1951)
Artistry Jumps * (1945)
Autumn In New York
(1961)
Autumn Leaves
(1961)
Ay, Ay, Ay
(1940)

Balboa Bash *
(Number Seven) (1944)
The Bandit of Brazil
(1962)
Begin the Beguine
Begin the Beguine
(1945)
Beside Balboa Bay
(1958)
Blues
(1947)
Blues in F Minor (1942)
Body and Soul
(1940)
Body and Soul
(1961)
Brasilla *
(1963)

Casanova
(1955)
Changing Times *
(1967)
Christmas Medley
(1961)
Cimarron
(1962)
Concerto for Doghouse *
(A Setting in Motion) (1941)
Concerto to End All Concertos *
(1946)
Concerto to End All Concertos * (1963)
Cool Water
(1962)
Cumana
(1966)
La Cumparsita
(1941)

Dancing in The Dark
(1957)
Dark Eyes
(1955)
The Days of Wine and Roses
(1967)
Don’t Let Me Dream
(1945) Gene Howard vocal
Don’t Take Your Love From Me
(1954)
Dragnet
(1966)

Eager Beaver *
(1943)
Eager Beaver *
(1957)
Eager Beaver *
(1963)
Early Autumn
(1958)
Easy Go *
(1950)
Easy to Love
(1947)
Elegy
(1941)
Empty Saddles
(1962)
The End of a Love Affair
(1958)
Etude for Saxophones *
(1940)

Falling
(1955)
Fantasy *
(1946)
Flamenco *
(1957)
Flamingo
(1942)
Fools Rush In
(1961)

Girl Talk
(1967)
Gloomy Sunday
(1967)
God Has His Arms Around Me
(1957)
Goodbye
Great Come-And-Get-It Day
(1968)
The Green Leaves of Summer
(1962)

The Handwriting’s on The Wall
(1955)
Harbor Lights
(1958)
Harlem Folk Dance
(1941)
Harlem Holiday *
(A Message to Harlem) (1947)
High Noon (1962)
Hold Back the Dawn
(1942)
Home on The Range (1962)
How Am I To Know?
(1958)
How Deep Is the Ocean?
(1958)
How Many Hearts Have You Broken
(1944) Gene Howard vocal
Hush-A-Bye

I Can’t Get Started
(1941)
I Don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You
(1958)
I Don’t Want to Walk Without You
(1961)
I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good
(1941)
I Knew You When
I Only Have Eyes for You
(1944)
I Understand
(1961)
I Was the Last One to Know
(1960)
If I Had Love (1941)
If I Had You
(1961)
If This Isn’t Love
(1968)
I’ll Be Around
(1943)
I’ll Be Seeing You
I’ll Close My Eyes
(1958)
I’ll Remember April
(1944)
Ill Wind
(1958)
I’m Glad There Is You
(1961)
I’ve Got the World on A String
(1952)
Imagination
(1961)
Imagine *
(1967)
In the Blue of The Evening
(1958)
Interchange *
(1967)
Interlude
(1957)
Interlude
(1963)
Invitation
(1967)
It Was a Very Good Year
(1966)
It Was a Very Good Year
(1967)
It’s Been a Long, Long Time
(1945) June Christy vocal
Jump for Joe
(1963)
June Christy *
(1950)

Kentonova *
(1963)

The Lady in Red
(1954)
Lady Luck
(1960)
Lamento Gitano
(1940)
The Last Round-Up
(1962)
Laura
(1951)
Lazy Daisy
(1952)
Lemon Twist
(1957)
Loco-Nova *
(1963)
Love Death from “Tristan und Isolde”
(1964)
Love Turns Winter to Spring
(1941)
Lullaby of The Leaves
(1957)

Malaguena (1955)
Malaya
Mambo Rhapsody
(1952)
A Man and A Woman
(1967)
Memphis Lament
(1941)
Mexican Dance * (1956)

Michelle (1966)
Midnight Tales
(1960)
Moon Song
(1944)
Moon Song
(1958)
Moonlight in Vermont
(1961)
More Love Than Your Love (1954)
More Than You Know
(1940)
More Than You Know
(1946)
More Than You Know
(1958)
Music and Rhythm
(1942)
My Guy’s Come Back
(1945)
My Love
(1960)

The Nango (1941)
Never on Sunday
(1966)
Night Watch *
(1951)
The Night We Called It a Day
(1958)
Nobody Like My Baby
(1960)
Number 1 *
(1965)

O Come, All Ye Faithful (1961)
Oh! You Crazy Moon
(1961)
Oh! You Crazy Moon
(1963)
Old Devil Moon
(1968)
Once in a While
(1961)
Ooh, What I Dreamed About You
(1945) Gene Howard vocal
Opus for Timpani *
(Concerto for Tympani) (1965)
Opus in Chartreuse
(1957)
Opus in Chartreuse
(1963)
Opus in Pastels *
(1940)
Opus in Pastels *
(Strings, Bass, Drums) (1958)
Opus in Pastels *
(1963)
Orchids in The Moonlight
(1957)
Original – Dec 66 *
(1966)
Our Waltz
(1944)
Over the Rainbow
(1961)

Painted Rhythm *
(1945)
Painted Rhythm *
(1963)
People
(1968)
Pilgrims’ Chorus from “Tannhaeuser”
(1964)
Prelude to “Tristan und Isolde”
(1964)
Prelude to Act I of “Lohengrin”
(1964)
Prelude to Act III of “Lohengrin”
(1964)

Red River Valley
(1962)
Reed Rapture *
(1940)
Ride of the Valkyries
(1964)

Saber Dance
(1966)
Say It Isn’t So
(1944) Gene Howard vocal
Say It Isn’t So
(1961)
Sentimental Serenade
(1956)
September Song (1951)
September Song
(1962)
Serenade in Blue
(1958)
The Shadow of Your Smile
Shelly Manne *
(1950)
She’s Funny That Way (1944) Gene Howard vocal
Siegfried’s Funeral Music from “Goetterdaemmerung”
(1964)
Skoot
(1954)
Softly (1957)
Soliloquy
(1952)
Somewhere My Love (Lara’s Theme)
(1966)
Sophisticated Lady
(1941)
Sophisticated Lady
(1957)
Sophisticated Samba
(1956)
The Sound of Music
(1966)
Southern Scandal *
(1945)
Spanish Eyes
(1966)
Special Delivery
(1945)
St. James Infirmary
(1940)
St. Louis Blues
(1941)
St. Louis Blues
(1945)
Stardust
(1940)
Stardust Boogie
(1951)
Stars in My Eyes
(1945)
Steady
Strangers in The Night
(1966)
Street of Dreams
(1951)
Street of Dreams
(1961)
Suddenly
(1954)
Summer Idyll
(1941)
Sunday Kind of Love, A
(1958)
Sunday’s Child
(1957)
Sunny
(1967)
Sunset Tower *
(Something New) (1950)
Sweet and Lovely
(1961)
Sweet Dreams, Sweetheart (1944) Gene Howard vocal

Taboo
(1940)
‘Tain’t No Good (1943)
Temptation
(1957)
Tenderly
(1952)
Tenderly
(1961)
Thanks for You
(1957)
That’s for Me
(1940)
Theme (Artistry in Rhythm)
(1941)
Theme for Jo *
(1967)
Theme for Sunday *
(1950)
Theme for Sunday * (1961) mellophoniums
Theme from “The Chastity Belt”
(1968)
Theme from “The Odd Couple”
(1968)
Theme from “Villa Rides”
(1968)
Theme from Peyton Place
(1965)
Then I’ll Be Tired of You
(1958)
These Foolish Things
(1961)
The Things We Did Last Summer
(1958)
This Hotel
(1967)
Tribute to A Flatted Fifth
(1941)
Trumpet Symphonette *
(1941)
Two Guitars (1941)

Under A Blanket of Blue
(1954)
Untitled
(1966)

The Very Thought of You (1944)

Wagon Wheels
(1962)
Walk Softly
(1957)
We’ll Be Together Again
(1958)
Wedding March from “Lohengrin”
(1964)
When I’m Not Near the Girl I Love
(1968)
When Stars Looked Down
(1958)
When Your Lover Has Gone
(1961)
Winter in Madrid
(1955)
Winter in Madrid
(1961)
Women Usually Do
(1957)
The World We Knew *
(1967)
Would It Make Any Difference To You
(1942)

Yesterday
(1966)
You Alone
(1941)
You Betcha
(1944)
You’re Mine, You!
(1961)