Count Basie, Pete Johnson, Andy Kirk , Mary Lou Williams, Joe Turner, Oran “Hot Lips” Page, Eddie Durham – Kansas City Jazz

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Kansas City jazz is a style of jazz that developed in Kansas City, Missouri during the 1920s and 1930s, which marked the transition from the structured big band style to the musical improvisation style of Bebop. The hard-swinging, bluesy transition style is bracketed by Count Basie who in 1929 signed with the Bennie Moten’s Kansas City Orchestra and Kansas City native Charlie Parker who ushered in the Bebop style in America. “While New Orleans was the birthplace of jazz, America’s music grew up in Kansas City”. Kansas City is known as one of the most popular “cradles of jazz”. Other cities include New Orleans, Chicago, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and New York City. Kansas City was known for the organized musicians of the Local 627 A.F.M., which controlled a number of venues in the city. (Wikipedia).

“Time tested KC grooves, every track a winner.” (Amazon).

Track listing:

00:00 1 627 Stomp (A)
03:10 2 Piney Brown Blues (B)
06:13 3 Baby Dear (C)
09:05 4 Harmony Blues (C)
11:57 5 The Count (D)
15:04 6 Twelfth Street Rag (D)
17:59 7 South (E)
20:54 8 Lafayette (E)
23:44 9 Good Morning Blues (F)
26:50 10 Doggin’ Around (G)
29:50 11 Moten’s Swing (H)
32:30 12 I Want A Little Girl (H)

Personnel:

A – Pete Johnson’s band:
Don Stoval.Don Byas (saxophones), Eddie Barefield (cl), Oran Hot Lips Page (tp)
Pete Johnson (p).John Collins (g),Abe Bolar (b),A.G.Godlet (dr)

B – Joe Turner And His Fly Cats:
Oran Hot Lips Page (tp), Pete Johnson (p), John Collins (g), Abe Bolar (b)
A.G. Godley 8dr), Joe Turner (voc)

C- Mary Lou Williams And Her Kansas City Seven:
Dick Wilson (sax) ,Ed Inge (cl), Harold Baker (tp), Theodore Donnely (tb)
Mary Lou Williams (p), Booker T.Collins (b), Ben Thigpen (dr)

D- Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy:
Rudy Powell, John Harrington, Dick Wilson, Ed Inge (saxophones)
Harry Lawson, Harold Baker, Clarence Trice (tp)
Theodore Donnely, Henry Wells (tb), Mary Lou Williams (p)
Floyd Smith (g), Booker T.Collins (B), Ben Thigpen (dr)

E- Oran “Hot Lips” Page And His Band:
Don Stovall, Don Byas, Eddie Barefield (saxophones and cl.)
Oran Hot Lips Page (tp), Pete Johnson (p) John Collins (g),
Abe Bolar (b), A.G.Godley 8dr)

F- Count Basie And His Orchestra:
Earl Warren, Ronald Washington, Lester Young, Herschel Evans (saxophones)
Ed Lewis, Bobby Moore, Buck Clayton (tp); George Hunt, Don Minor,
Ed Durham (tb); Count Basie (p),Freddy Green (g),Walter Page (b)
Jo Jones (dr) , Jimmy Rushing (vocal)

G- Count Basie And His Orchestra:
Earl Warren, Ronald Washington, Lester Young, Herschel Evans (saxophones)
Ed Lewis, Harry Edison, Buck Clayton (tp); Henry Morton, Don Minor,
Ed Durham (tb); Count Basie (p),Freddy Green (g),Walter Page (b)
Jo Jones (dr)

H- Eddie Durham And His Band:
Buster Smith, Willard Brown, Lem C.Johnson (saxophones)
Joe Keys (tp), Conrad Frederick (p)
Eddie Durham (g), Averill Pollard (b), Arthur Herbert (dr)

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Label: MCA Coral ‎
Country: Japan
Released: 1973

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