Stan Kenton and his orchestra record ‘Cuban Fire!’ for Capitol (1956)

‘Cuban Fire!’ by Stan Kenton & his orchestra is an album (one of the most influential Latin jazz large-ensemble recordings of all time), recorded on May 22–24, 1956 and releaseed the same year by Capitol.

Track Listing : 1.Fuego Cubano (Cuban Fire) (Johnny Richards) – 06:02 . 2.El Congo Valiente (Valiant Congo) (Johnny Richards) – 05:53 . 3.Recuerdos (Reminiscences) (Johnny Richards) – 05:01 . 4.Quien Sabe (Who Knows) (Johnny Richards) – 04:49 . 5.La Guera Baila (The Fair One Dances) (Johnny Richards) – 05:09 . 6.La Suerte De Los Tontos (Fortune Of Fools Or Fools Luck) (Johnny Richards) – 04:20

Musicians : Stan Kenton – Piano, Conductor . Lennie Niehaus – Alto Saxophone . Bill Perkins – Tenor Saxophone . Lucky Thompson – Tenor Saxophone . Bill Root – Baritone Saxophone . Al Mattaliano – Trumpet . Ed Leddy – Trumpet . Lee Katzman – Trumpet . Phil Gilbert – Trumpet . Sam Noto – Trumpet . Vinnie Tanno – Trumpet . Irving Rosenthal – French Horn . Julius Watkins – French Horn . Bob Fitzpatrick – Trombone . Carl Fontana – Trombone . Don Kelly – Trombone . Kent Larson – Trombone . Jim Mcallister – Tuba . Ralph Blaze – Guitar . Curtis Counce – Bass . Mel Lewis – Drums . George Gaber – Timpani . Saul Gubin – Timpani . Mario Alvarez – Maracas . Willie Rodriguez – Bongos . Roger Mozian – Claves . George Laguna – Timbales

Production : Produced By Lee Gillette

Recorded On May 22–24, 1956 At The Riverside Plaza Hotel In New York City.

Released 1956 By Capitol.

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jazz.com
The title track begins freely and powerfullyand then calms down at the introduction of the melody played by Larsen with a muted Noto improvising under him (a favorite Richards device). Thompson and Fontana also solo. This album was so successful that it helped launch Richards as a leader. […]

allmusic
With such soloists as tenor-great Lucky Thompson (on Fuego Cubano,) trombonist Carl Fontana, altoist Lennie Niehaus, Bill Perkins on tenor and trumpeters Sam Noto and Vinnie Tannoand plenty of raging ensembles, this is one of Stan Kenton‘s more memorable concept albums of the 1950s. […]

Zappaholic @ RateYourMusic
What makes it so interesting is that Stan Kenton took orchestras in different directions than other leaders. Cuban Fire! doesn’t swing so much but it’s quite complex and explosive. […]

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