Opus In Chartreuse – Gene Roland
Roland's easy swinger makes an art of simplicity.
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- Recording: Stan Kenton - Contemporary Concepts
- Recorded on: July 22, 1955
- Label: Capitol (Cap 3243)
- Concert Key: F
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium)
- Alto Sax - Lennie Niehaus, Charlie Mariano
- Tenor Sax - Bill Perkins, Dave Van Kriedt
- Baritone Sax - Don Davidson
- Trumpet - Al Porcino, Ed Leddy
- Trumpet - Sam Noto, Stu Williamson, Bob Clark
- Trombone - Bob Fitzpatrick, Carl Fontana
- Trombone - Gus Chappell, Kent Larsen, Don Kelly
- Piano - Stan Kenton
- Guitar - Ralph Blaze
- Bass - Max Bennett
- Drums - Mel Lewis
"Here's the way Kenton publicist Noel Wedder starts his bio of Gene: 'Gene Roland, without a doubt, was one of the most skilled, inventive and underrated arranger/composers ever associated with the Kenton Orchestra.' Roland was the only arranger to write for Kenton in all four decades of the band's existence."
In a 1963 Downbeat article, we learn how the young Roland honed his arranging skills: " . . . Roland [went] to the Eighth Army Air Force Band, a 60-piece orchestra, in which he stayed for two years, and in which his primary job was to write dance-band libraries. He wrote six different ones."
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September 15, 1921 – August 11, 1982
The only composer with the distinction of working for Stan Kenton for all four decades of Kenton’s band’s existence, Gene Roland was born in Dallas, Texas, and began studying the piano at age eleven. Over the course of his career, he mastered many instruments, from trombone to trumpet to mellophonium to drums, but his real success came through his talent as an arranger and composer. Read more...