Here’s some early Stan Kenton (1911-1979) – a 1944 recording of And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine. The vocal is by Anita O’Day. The song is a sort of comedic lament on a theme that is repeated frequently today, in all walks of life: Men are just no darned good.
I had the good fortune to study trombone with the great Buddy Baker at the University of Northern Colorado for two years. Back then in the mid 1960s it was Colorado State College. He was a great influence in my life. Buddy is now 83 years old and long retired. I took him out to breakfast about a year ago and he told some stories. He toured with Stan Kenton’s band after Kenton had made the transition from swing to jazz. Buddy told me that sometimes Kenton would line them up and talk to them before a performance, double up his fist and in a very intense voice say, “Alright. I want to hear steel out there tonight!”
Kenton’s band did have a pretty brassy sound, even in 1944.
I can assure you that when I played lead trombone in his college stage band Buddy Baker gave us more than a few pep talks. Or worse. He was a task master and a great musician.