I heard my first Stan Kenton album earlier this year: Cuban Fire
I thought it was pretty awesome, had a burst of enthusiasm but kind of got sidetracked and haven't made any further purchases yet. I didn't try particularly hard but i remember being unsure of where to go next with him. In my brief search i did get the feeling that there was a bit of ambivalence about Kenton's music out there, and i didn't manage to get a clear idea as to what the 'must have' albums were. Hopefully this thread will turn up some hot tips!
Anyway, Cuban Fire... very cool album. I dare say it 'rocks'. Obviously i'm no Kenton expert but i hear something in this album that sets him apart and i'm definitely keen to hear more.