Four Of A Kind – Ray Starling
This bright-toned swinger was originally written to feature the mellophone section of Stan Kenton’s big band. However, it can easily work with any instrumentation.
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- Recording: Stan Kenton - Horns Of Plenty, Vol. 2
- Recorded on: December 8, 1961
- Label: Tantara (TCD1118)
- Concert Key: C
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Trumpet - Dalton Smith, Marvin Stamm, Norman Baltazar, Bob Rolfe, Bob Behrendt
- Mellophone - Ray Starling, Dwight Carver, Keith LaMotte, Carl Saunders
- Trombone - Bob Fitzpatrick, Bud Parker, Dee Barton
- Bass Trombone - Jim Amlotte, Dave Wheeler
- Alto Sax - Gabe Baltazar
- Tenor Sax - Buddy Arnold, Paul Renzi
- Bari Sax - Allan Beutler, Joel Kaye
- Piano - Stan Kenton
- Bass - Pat Senatore
- Drums - Jerry Lestock McKenzie
Our lead sheets show the intro and coda from the big band arrangement. They also include a few notable countermelodies and lines that fill in around the melody, though not as many countermelodies as in our lead sheet for Mellophobia due to Four Of A Kind’s busier melody.
Another recording of Four Of A Kind comes from the same U.S. Air Force Reserve radio transcriptions as Mellophobia. This version, recorded a week after the "Horns Of Plenty, Vol. 2" performance, is opened up for more solos.
January 4, 1933 – May 15, 1982
As both a player and a composer/arranger, Ray Starling is most closely associated with Stan Kenton’s big band, specifically the expanded lineup of the 1960s that featured a section of four mellophones (also called mellophoniums). Read more...