“Intermission Riff” – Stan Kenton And His Orchestra (1946)

Capitol; January 14, 1946.

Ray Wetzel was an American jazz trumpeter who died in 1951 from a car crash at the age of 27. He never had the chance to lead a band, but he played with Stan Kenton between 1945 and 1948. It was during this stint that he composed “Intermission Riff” for Kenton, the song he is best remembered for contributing to the world of jazz.

Personally, I’m not a big fan of Kenton’s sound, and the song falls a bit outside of my time interest, but Vido Musso should get a shout-out for his tremendous and modern tenor sax run.

Video source: a Youtube repost.

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