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Sketches on Standards

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Released  1953
Producer  Lee Gillette
Release date  1953
Genre  Jazz
Recorded  January 28 & 30, 1953
Artist  Stan Kenton
Label  Blue Note Records
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Studio  Capitol Recording Studios, Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, CA
Sketches on Standards (1953)  This Modern World (1953)
Similar  Stan Kenton And His Orchestra albums, Jazz albums

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.


Critical reception

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow noted "although these concise interpretations are not essential, the music is quite pleasing". 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".

Track listing

  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


  • Stan Kenton - piano, conductor
  • Conte Candoli, Buddy Childers, Don Dennis, Maynard Ferguson, Ruben McFall - trumpet
  • Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Bill Russo - trombone
  • George Roberts - bass trombone
  • Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz - alto saxophone
  • Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca - tenor saxophone
  • Bob Gioga - baritone saxophone
  • Sal Salvador - guitar
  • Don Bagley - bass
  • Stan Levey - drums
  • Stan Kenton (track 2), Lennie Niehaus (track 4), Bill Russo (tracks 1, 3 & 5-8) - arranger
  • Songs

    1Sophisticated Lady3:17
    2Begin the Beguine3:04
    3Lover Man2:50


    Sketches on Standards Wikipedia