You be the judge, is it better to watch the sausage being made?
here's Kenton's early-LP version (not the 1947 original):
wonder why 1999 Rugolo sped it up and made it more complex? I like the cleaner lines and the buildup
of the Kenton version. The in-session camera work is interesting, though. I didn't realize Pete
Rugolo was still active in 1999.
This is a really cool Rugolo tune from his prime:
I have the stereo 2-track tape, which is cooler sounding than the mono LP. I love the rhythm change
for the alto sax solo. I also love the bottom end on this entire tune, the bassline, the drum stuff
and the lower-register piano lines. And a bass sax doing those boooom drones. Also a tuba in there.
And of course the album cover!
Rugolo is a flashpoint with most of my present-day jazz friends, so is Kenton for that matter. Both
men's music is either loved or hated. I come down in the middle, I'm not really a fan of the
over-ponderous stuff, but I like the zippy stuff with neat rhythm changes and instrumentations. In
examples like HiFi Bugs, you can feel the tension because it's hard to play even by crack Hollywood
-- Tom Fine