The smooth voices of the Modern Men and Ann Richards combine with the great Kenton orchestra in fresh stylings of familiar songs
This is Stan's first full-length album featuring voices. Beyond that, it's a great addition to such past successes as his September Song and Tampico. The songs he presents range from easy-going ballads like Sophisticated Lady to the swinging Temptation and Kenton favorites like Eager Beaver. The arrangements are all by Stan, and they provide imaginative settings for the Modern Men and Ann Richards. Ann's warm and relaxed voice is spotlighted in Softly, Women Usually Do, and Opus in Chartreuse.
The Modern Men are four young singers from the West Coast. Discovered by Kenton, they now join the impressive array of star performers he has introduced. Their-names are Bob Smart, Paul Salamunovich, Tony Katics, and Al Oliveri, and that's how they are grouped in the photo, going clockwise from Bob in the lower left. Every selection of this, their debut recording, displays the Men's outstanding versatility and the bright sound that promises a bright future.
All these fine vocal performances are handsomely backed by the orchestra, and the result is wonderfully listenable music enhanced by the distinctive Kenton touch.
"Record Review. Kenton with Voices." Billboard, 1 July 1957: 38.
KENTON WITH VOICES (1-12”)—Stan Kenton. Capitol T 810
These vocal scorings for the Modern men have a strong flavor of the Four Freshmen, who also once worked with Kenton. Repertoire is a blend of the familiar like “Dancing in the Dark” and “Sophisticated Lady,” with more specialized material such as “Eager Beaver” and “Interlude.” Thrush Ann Richards offers three tunes in an easy-going, pleasant, semi-jazz style. A good production thruout and the cover of Kenton with surrealist paintings should be a good stopper.