Sketches on Standards

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Sketches on Standards
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RecordedJanuary 28 & 30, 1953
StudioCapitol Recording Studios, Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, CA
LabelCapitol H 426
ProducerLee Gillette
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Sketches on Standards (subtitled Request selections from the Kenton Dance Library) is an album by pianist and bandleader Stan Kenton featuring performances of jazz standards recorded in 1953 and originally released on the Capitol label as a 10-inch LP.[1][2][3][4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[5]

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow noted "although these concise interpretations are not essential, the music is quite pleasing".[5] On All About Jazz Jack Bowers said "One can’t help noticing that, unlike many of today’s inseparable clones, Kenton’s soloists — most of them, anyway — are almost instantly identifiable. No one, for example, would mistake Konitz, Candoli, Rosolino or Kamuca for anyone else, and their resourceful improvisations sound as fresh today as they did half a century ago".[6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Sophisticated Lady" (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Mitchell Parish) - 3:19
  2. "Begin the Beguine" (Cole Porter) - 3:04
  3. "Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)" (Jimmy Davis, James Sherman, Ram Ramirez) - 2:50
  4. "Pennies from Heaven" (Arthur Johnston, Johnny Burke) - 3:00
  5. "Over the Rainbow" (Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg) - 3:05
  6. "Fascinating Rhythm" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) - 2:46
  7. "There's a Small Hotel" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) - 2:43
  8. "Shadow Waltz" (Al Dubin, Harry Warren) - 2:37
  9. "Harlem Nocturne" (Earle Hagen) - 3:06 *bonus track on CD
  10. "Stella By Starlight" (Victor Young - Ned Washington) - 3:18 *bonus track on CD
  11. "Dark Eyes" (Traditional) - (2:12) - *bonus track on CD
  12. "Malaguena" (Ernesto Lecuona) -(2:31) - *bonus track on CD
  13. "Spring is Here" (Rodgers and Hart) (3:19) - *bonus track on CD
  14. "I'm Glad There Is You (F. Madeira J. Dorsey) (4:14) - *bonus track on CD



  1. ^ Vosbein, P. Stan Kenton Discography accessed April 11, 2016
  2. ^ Watts, R., Edwards, D., Eyries, P. and Callahan, M. Capitol Album Discography, Part 3: 10" Albums: 300 to 449 accessed April 11, 2016
  3. ^ The Capitol Sessions of Stan Kenton: 1953
  4. ^ Maynard Ferguson Discography accessed April 11, 2016
  5. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. Sketches on Standards – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  6. ^ Bowers, J. All About Jazz Review, June 1, 2002