Full performer name: Four Freshman/Stan Kenton & His Orchestra.
Four Freshman: Ken Albers, Bob Flanigan, Bill Comstock, Ross Barbour.
Stan Kenton & His Orchestra: Stan Kenton (piano); Chuck Carter (soprano & baritone saxophones, flute); Quinn Davis (alto saxophone, flute); Richard Torres, Chris Galuman (tenor saxophone, flute); Willie Maiden (baritone saxophone); Ray Brown (trumpet, flugelhorn); Jay Saunders, Dennis Noday, Mike Vax, Mike Snustead (trumpet); Dick Shearer, Mike Jamieson, Fred Carter, Mike Wallace (trombone); Phil Herring (bass trombone, tuba); John Worster (bass); Jerry McKenzie (drums); Ramon Lopez (percussion).
Recorded live at Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana.
The Four Freshmen are in their element on this CD, where they are accompanied by the brash, brassy sounds of Stan Kenton's Orchestra. Both the Freshmen and Kenton's music relies on a doubling-or quadrupling-up of voices or horns to fashion a great wall of sound that over the decades has never ceased to thrill listeners.
In this live concert recording the vocalists sing some of the songs associated with them. Numbers like "There Will Be Never Be Another You" and "Teach Me Tonight" are Freshmen favorites that are presented in the manner that made them so popular; the tight harmonizing, with Bob Flanigan's otherworldly falsetto high tones adding a distinctive texture to the unity. The Freshmen make short work of the Burt Bacharach song "Walk On By." Not only do they have the right stuff musically to perform the songs of the 1960's, 70's and onward, but they also demonstrate that these hits benefit with the musical mastery of the Four.
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