LIVE AND SCREAMIN'
Chicago Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra with Dennis Noday, guest trumpet soloist
(former lead trumpet with Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson)
Lenny King, Director
Scroll down to read review and liner notes
1. MAGIC FLEA (3:32) Sammy Nestico
(Don Stille, piano; Frank Catalano, tenor sax; Charlie Braughm, drums)
2. A TIME FOR LOVE (3:22) arr. Hank Levy
(Don Stille, piano; Jim Peterson, flugelhorn)
3. WHAT'S NEW? (5:50) arr. Bill Holman
(Mark Colby, tenor sax; Terry Connell, trumpet; Chris Sarlas, alto sax; Tim Coffman, trombone)
4. MARIA (3:17) arr. Don Sebesky
(Dennis Noday, trumpet; Mark Colby, tenor sax)
5. I REMEMBER STAN (6:19) Lennie Niehaus
(Don Stille, piano; Jim Peterson, flugelhorn)
6. FITZ (3:31) Gene Roland
(John Mose, trombone)
7. YESTERDAYS (5:13) arr. Bill Holman
(Mark Colby, tenor sax; Joey Tartell, lead trumpet)
8. El CONGO VALIENTE (5:02) Johnny Richards
(Jon Irabagon, alto sax; Terry Connell, trumpet; Mark Colby, tenor sax; Hary Kozlowski, trombone; Bob Chmel, drums; Al Keeler, Latin percussion)
9. BLUE (4:33) arr. Gordon Brisker
(Dennis Noday, trumpet)
10. GREASY SACK BLUES (5:11) Don Rader
(Don Stille, piano; Chris Sarlas, alto sax; Terry Connell, trumpet)
11. BUT BEAUTIFUL (4:49)arr. Lennie Niehaus
(Chris Sarlas, alto sax)
12. SPRING CAN REALLY HANG YOU UP THE MOST (5:46) arr. Frank Mantooth
(Hary Kozlowski, trombone; Charlie Braugham, drums)
13. HERE'S THAT RAINY DAY (3:16) arr. Dee Barton
(Randy Kulik, trumpet; Ron Mills, piano; Kirk Garrison, lead trumpet)
14. MACARTHUR PARK (8:35) arr. Adrian Drover
(Dennis Noday, trumpet; Mark Colby, tenor sax; Don Stille, piano)
CHICAGO METROPOLITAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA
Leader: Lenny King
Guest Soloist: Dennis Noday, trumpet
Saxes: **Chris Sarlas, lead alto; *Jon Irabagon, lead alto; Kent Lawson, alto & bari; Mark Colby, tenor; Frank Catalano, tenor; Ken Kistner, bari
Trumpets: **Joey Tartell, lead; *Kirk Garrison, lead; Terry Connell; Jim Peterson; **Tom Baker; *Amir Elsaffar; *Randy Kulik
Trombones: John Mose, lead; Hary Kozlowski; Tim Coffman; Tom Stark; John McAllister, bass & tuba
Rhythm: **Don Stille, piano; *Ron Mills, piano; David Rothstein, bass; **Charlie Braugham, drums; *Bob Chmel, drums; Al Keeler, Latin perc
* Tracks 8 and 13 only
** Not on tracks 8 and 13
Frank Catalano appears courtesy of Delmark Records
Kirk Garrison is a Yamaha performing artist.
Read the Liner Notes by John Burnett, WDCB-FM Jazz Radio:
Under the Direction of Lenny King, the Chicago Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra has achieved the distinction of producing a Kenton sound that equals the original. They specialize in performing the works of Stan Kenton and they also play the charts of Herman, Basie and others brilliantly.
There are several 'Big Bands' in the Chicago area and the Chicago Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra is the most recent. They have wasted no time in catching up with their peers and their popularity is underwritten by growing attendance levels at live performances and the enthusiasm shown by their lively and outrageously excited audiences.
Recorded live at FitzGerald's Night Club in Berwyn, Illinois, this album is an outstanding example of how Director Lenny King has generated superb Kenton sounds that would be difficult to parallel. Stan Kenton would have been proud and very surprised because when it comes to musical dynamics, this band has got it all. If you listen to each section, the expressive intent of Kenton and his arrangers shines in a fine example of tone color, power and precision.
Each section of the band is aware of what it takes to create the sounds of the big band stylists that we still revere today. The expressive long sustained passages and flow are truly amazing. Lenny King has done a great job in developing an authentic mirror image of those amazing bands of yesteryear.
The band plays regularly at FitzGerald's Night Club and other Chicago locations. They have also performed concerts with such artists as jazz trumpet player Dennis Noday and in June 1996, they appeared with the Four Freshman in a tribute to Stan Kenton at the Four Freshman Society Convention in Lincolnshire.
Director Lenny King has over 40 years of activity in jazz commencing with his early musical education at Illinois Wesleyan University and Illinois State University. Formerly Director of Bands and Coordinator of Fine Arts at Rolling Meadows High School, Lenny went on to lead and train many performing jazz groups that attained national recognition for their excellence.
Amongst the many Honors earned by Lenny King is The Citation for Excellence and the Outstanding Jazz Educator Award from the National Band Association in 1985. It should also be noted that the Rolling Meadows High School Band under his direction was selected to perform at the Mid-West National Band Clinic in 1978 and 1984, the MENC Convention in1984 and the NAJE National Convention in 1980. His jazz ensemble was also selected for the NAJE Project II record album.
In addition to his work as Director of the Chicago Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, Mr. King serves as guest conductor and as adjudicator for clinics and music festivals in the Mid-West area.
His total dedication to training, the development of students and young talented jazz musicians, combined with his sheer energy and extensive musical knowledge, makes him one of the few people around, who could produce an exact Kenton sound and do justice to other renowned jazz orchestras as well.
"Live and Screamin' is a metaphor that illustrates the way in which the Chicago Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra gets the attention of it's audience every time they perform in public. The audience gets what it wants; the jazz arrangers who made the big bands famous!
In showcasing trumpet star Dennis Noday for this album the accolade for initiative must go to Lenny King. The brilliance of Noday's playing in Maria and McArthur Park and the charts that were used, clearly identifies the versatility of this band in it's endeavor to produce the sounds of Maynard Fergerson, Stan Kenton and others.
Dennis Noday is not only exciting to listen to, but also plays with great feeling, power, and expression. His interpretation of Blue was passionate and soulful. His performance of each number made it clear that his comfort level with the band and his respect for the musicians supporting him, was infinite. Even Maynard would applaud!
For me, this is one of the most versatile and accomplished big bands I have ever heard. As a broadcaster and 'jazz host' I am always pleased to air any of the Lenny King cuts. As a listener and regular attendee at Fitgerald's Night Club, I scream as loudly as anyone else in the club after the band has finished a number. Lenny and the band have become my friends and I enjoy sharing those evenings with them. I suggest that now you have bought and listened to this album you too, will find yourself following the band around. If you do, it will be time well spent!
Jazz Host " All Things Jazz"
90.9FM WDCB Radio
Glen Ellyn / Chicago, Illinois
Read the CD Review by Jack Bowers, All About Jazz Magazine:
Live and Screamin'
The Chicago Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra (Lakeside Jazz)
by Jack Bowers
Stan lives! If you really want to know what big bands are all about, and why some people remain helplessly enchanted by their nearhypnotic charm, go directly to Track 3, do not pass go, and listen closely to Bill Holmans breathtaking arrangement of Whats New?, brilliantly interpreted by Lenny King's superlative Chicago Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra (in whose ranks are some of the areas finest Jazz musicians). If that doesnt convince you that the big bands arent yet breathing their last, Id guess that nothing will. I believe my pulse rate must have doubled while the CMJO was reinvigorating that classic Holman chart, and I was grinning from ear to ear (always an indication of unbridled enjoyment). But this is no more than one should anticipate from King's impressive orchestra, which has been dazzling Chicagoans for nearly four years with its marvelous interpretations of music written by or for Stan Kenton or performed by Stans fondly remembered big bands. Now, with Live and Screamin, recorded in front of a remarkably attentive and wellbehaved audience at FitzGeralds nightclub in suburban Berwyn, the rest of the country and the world has a chance to learn what Chicago already knows, namely, that the venerated spirit of Kenton is alive and well in the Windy City thanks to the enterprising and talented CMJO. And not the spirit of Kenton alone, as the orchestra doesnt confine itself to his music.
The highoctane opener, Magic Flea, is a Basie chart written by the peerless Sammy Nestico. Woody Herman is represented by Don Raders funky Greasy Sack Blues, Maynard Ferguson by Don Sebeskys arrangement of Maria and Adrian Drovers treatment of MacArthur Park (each of which features the glassshattering trumpet of Dennis Noday). Noday also solos on Gordon Briskers splendid arrangement of Bobby Shews tribute to Blue Mitchell, Blue. Besides Whats New?, the songs associated with Kenton include A Time for Love (arranged by Hank Levy), the Lennie Niehaus tribute I Remember Stan, Holmans enchanting arrangement of Yesterdays (featuring the outstanding tenor saxophonist Mark Colby), Gene Rolands Fitz (especially appropriate in light of the venue), Johnny Richards fiery El Congo Valiente, the Niehaus arrangement of But Beautiful, and Dee Bartons treatment of Heres That Rainy Day. Completing the program is the standard Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most (another terrific arrangement, this one by Frank Mantooth), which I believe June Christy or someone else (Chris Connor?) may have sung with the Kenton band.
While the Holman charts (the first of which includes galvanizing solos by Colby, Terry Connell, Chris Sarlas and Tim Coffman) are in a class by themselves, everything on this spellbinding disc goes far beyond noteworthy. The ensemble is alert and explosive, the rhythm section alive and kickin butt, the soloists (especially Colby, Connell, Sarlas, pianist Don Stille and trombonists Tim Coffman, John Mose and Hary Kozlowski) sharp and resilient, and Noday's Maynard impression almost letterperfect. Nowhere is the Kenton imprint more conspicuous than on I Remember Stan, wherein Stilles unaccompanied piano is a virtual mirror image of Stans, while Niehaus perceptive arrangement and Jim Peterson's softflowing flugel solo reframe perfectly the magic that was and always will be Kenton.
In one listener's humble opinion, this is no less than a screamin' masterpiece, and wherever Stan is, he must be smiling. If you can find a copy, grab it!
Track Listing: Magic Flea; A Time for Love; Whats New?; Maria; I Remember Stan; Fitz; Yesterdays; El Congo Valiente; Blue; Greasy Sack Blues; But Beautiful; Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most; Heres That Rainy Day; MacArthur Park (68:30).
Personnel: Lenny King, leader; Dennis Noday, guest trumpet soloist; Chris Sarlas, John Irabagon, Kent Lawson, Mark Colby, Frank Catalano, Ken Kistner, saxophones; Joey Tartell, Kirk Garrison, Terry Connell, Jim Peterson, Tom Baker, Amir Elsaffar, Randy Kulik, trumpets; John Mose, Hary Kozlowski, Tim Coffman, Tom Stark, trombones; Joh McAllister, bass trombone, tuba; Don Stille, Ron Mills, piano; David Rothstein, bass; Charlie Braugham, Bob Chmel, drums; Al Keeler, Latin percussion.