Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra

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Kater Street Rag 02:29 Tools
Moten Swing 03:21 Tools
Lafayette 02:47 Tools
South 02:34 Tools
Toby 03:25 Tools
Kater St. Rag 02:30 Tools
She's Sweeter Than Sugar 02:33 Tools
Kansas City Shuffle 02:52 Tools
Get Low-Down Blues 03:03 Tools
Prince of Wails 02:52 Tools
The Blue Room 03:21 Tools
New Orleans 03:00 Tools
Kansas City Breakdown 02:58 Tools
Moten Stomp 02:58 Tools
Rumba Negro (Spanish Stomp) 02:50 Tools
Sugar 02:51 Tools
Imagination 03:27 Tools
Terrific Stomp 02:44 Tools
Somebody Stole My Gal 02:54 Tools
When I'm Alone 03:19 Tools
Moten's Blues 03:06 Tools
Moten's Stomp 03:02 Tools
Milenberg Joys 02:48 Tools
Professor Hot Stuff 03:23 Tools
Two Times 03:08 Tools
The Count 03:13 Tools
Rumba Negro 02:50 Tools
Let's Get It 03:20 Tools
Dear Heart 03:13 Tools
Liza Lee 03:05 Tools
The Only Girl I Ever Loved 03:13 Tools
Moten's Swing 03:22 Tools
New Moten Stomp 02:56 Tools
Now That I Need You 03:03 Tools
The New Tulsa Blues 03:07 Tools
Kansas City Shuffle 2 03:09 Tools
New Vine Street Blues 03:01 Tools
Tough Breaks 02:54 Tools
Kansas City Squabble 02:52 Tools
Slow Motion 02:43 Tools
That Too, Do 03:23 Tools
The Jones Law Blues 03:08 Tools
Small Black 03:20 Tools
Prince Of Wales 02:50 Tools
Rite Tite 02:52 Tools
Band Box Shuffle 02:33 Tools
Baby Dear 03:04 Tools
Just Say It's Me 02:57 Tools
It Won't Be Long 02:52 Tools
Mary Lee 03:20 Tools
Elephant's Wobble 03:08 Tools
Ya Got Love 03:14 Tools
Muscle Shoals Blues 03:26 Tools
It's Hard to Laugh or Smile 02:45 Tools
I Wanna Be Around My Baby All the Time 02:58 Tools
Trouble in Mind 03:10 Tools
She's No Trouble 03:24 Tools
Get Goin' (Get Ready to Love) 03:03 Tools
Sad Man Blues 03:21 Tools
South Street Blues 02:45 Tools
Goofy Dust 02:40 Tools
That Certain Motion 03:07 Tools
Hot Water Blues 02:34 Tools
Boot It 03:18 Tools
Midnight Mama 02:58 Tools
When Life Seems So Blue 02:54 Tools
That's What I'm Talking About 03:07 Tools
That Too, Do (1998 Remastered) 03:03 Tools
Justrite 02:42 Tools
Bouncin' Round 03:10 Tools
I Wish I Could Be Blue 03:15 Tools
Yazoo Blues 02:47 Tools
Oh! Eddie 02:58 Tools
Crawdad Blues 02:51 Tools
Mack's Rhythm 03:05 Tools
Moten Blues 03:10 Tools
Thick Lip Stomp 02:46 Tools
Missouri Wobble 03:10 Tools
Won't You Be My Baby? 03:16 Tools
You Made Me Happy 03:25 Tools
Oh Eddie 02:58 Tools
Rit-Dit-Ray 02:49 Tools
Every Day Blues (Yo Yo Blues) 03:07 Tools
18th Street Strut 03:00 Tools
Loose Like a Goose 02:57 Tools
12th Street Rag 02:46 Tools
Harmony Blues 03:11 Tools
Just Rite 02:43 Tools
Ding-Dong Blues 03:08 Tools
Sister Honky Tonk 02:38 Tools
Vine Street Blues 03:02 Tools
Tulsa Blues 02:51 Tools
Sweethearts of Yesterday 02:42 Tools
Pass Out Lightly 03:11 Tools
Bouncin' Around 03:13 Tools
As I Like It 02:52 Tools
White Lightnin' Blues 03:35 Tools
Romba Negro (Spanish Stomp) 02:52 Tools
Sweetheart of Yesterday 02:40 Tools
Moten Swing - 1992 Remastered 03:01 Tools
Things Seem So Blue to Me 03:12 Tools
New Goofy Dust Rag 02:40 Tools
New Goofy Dust-Rag 02:39 Tools
Pass Out Lightly (There Ain't Nothin' To It) 03:07 Tools
GET GOING 03:02 Tools
Loose as a Goose 02:58 Tools
Get Low Down Blues 02:58 Tools
Twelfth Street Rag 03:23 Tools
As Long as I Love You (Jeannette) 03:07 Tools
Kansas City Shuffle - Original 02:48 Tools
She's No Trouble (Sweetheart) 03:22 Tools
Won't You Be My Baby 03:15 Tools
Get Goin' 03:01 Tools
As Long As I Love You 03:12 Tools
Kansas City Shuffle 1 03:13 Tools
South (reissue) 02:32 Tools
Rumba Negro Spanish Stomp 02:52 Tools
Elephants Wobble 03:01 Tools
Ding Dong Blues 03:17 Tools
New Goofy Dust Rag - Original 02:39 Tools
Lafayette - 1989 Remastered 03:12 Tools
As Long As I Love You(Jeannette) 03:12 Tools
Jones Law Blues 03:10 Tools
As Long As I Love You (Jeanette) 03:13 Tools
Moten Swing - Original 03:20 Tools
Now Goofy Dust Rag 02:42 Tools
Every Day Blues 03:07 Tools
Ill Natured Blues 02:33 Tools
South 2 02:38 Tools
New Moten Stomp (Moten) 03:13 Tools
Moten Swing (1992 Remastered) 02:38 Tools
That Too, Do - 1998 Remastered 03:13 Tools
Thick Lip Stomp - Take 1 02:51 Tools
Rumba Negro(Spanish Stomp) 02:49 Tools
Every Day Blues Yo Yo Blues 02:49 Tools
Thick Lip Stomp - Take 2 02:46 Tools
Molten's Swing 02:49 Tools
Harmony Blues - Take 2 03:09 Tools
South 1 02:59 Tools
12th Street Rag - Take 1 02:59 Tools
RUMBA NEGRA 02:51 Tools
Dear Heart - Original 03:09 Tools
Toby - Original 03:24 Tools
Rit Dit Ray 02:48 Tools
Pass Out Lightly (Stomp) 03:07 Tools
Get Goin' Get Ready To Love 02:52 Tools
Ding Dong Blues - Take 1 02:59 Tools
Bouncin' Round - Original 03:08 Tools
Kater Street Rag (Album Version) 02:33 Tools
Dong Blues 03:09 Tools
Get Low, Down Blues 02:59 Tools
Rit, Dit, Ray 02:50 Tools
12th Street Rag - Original 03:19 Tools
When Life Seems So Blue - Original 02:51 Tools
When I'm Alone - Original 02:51 Tools
White Lightning Blues 03:36 Tools
You Made Be Happy 03:23 Tools
Just Rite - Alternative Version 03:08 Tools
New Moten Sromp 02:59 Tools
New Goofy Dust - Rag 02:38 Tools
Get Down Low 02:51 Tools
She's Sweeter Than Sugar - Original 02:31 Tools
Jones Law Blues - Take 1 02:51 Tools
Band Box Shuffle - Original 02:29 Tools
RIT DIT DAY (Tiger Rag) 03:22 Tools
Lafeyette 02:47 Tools
That Too, Do - Take 2 02:47 Tools
Midnight Blues 02:59 Tools
Crawdad Blues - Original 02:49 Tools
Boot It - Original 03:14 Tools
Harmony Blues (Take 1) - Take 1 03:33 Tools
12th Street Rag (1927) 03:22 Tools
Small Black - Take 1 03:22 Tools
That Too Do(Good Morning Blues) 03:21 Tools
blue room 02:57 Tools
JUST SAY ITS ME 03:21 Tools
Kansas City Shuffle - Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra 02:52 Tools
White Lightening Blues 02:51 Tools
Rumba Negro, 1929 02:57 Tools
Yazoo Blues - Take 1 02:51 Tools
Pass out Lightly - Take 3 02:51 Tools
Down Blues 03:23 Tools
The Blues Room 02:51 Tools
Jones Law Blues - Take 2 02:51 Tools
White Lightnin' Blues - Original 03:09 Tools
Yazoo Blues - Original 03:09 Tools
Rumba Negro (1929) 03:09 Tools
South-BENNIE Moten/Thomon Hayes 02:32 Tools
Midnight Mama - Original 02:57 Tools
Ding Dong Blues - Take 2 02:57 Tools
Rumba Negro(Sic) (Spanish Stomp) 02:51 Tools
Moten's Swing [12Lu] 02:51 Tools
Small Black - Alternative Version 02:59 Tools
Trouble in Mind - Test 02:59 Tools
Hot Waters Blues 02:59 Tools
Kansas City Shuffle (Live) 02:59 Tools
Kater St. Rag 1925 02:59 Tools
Small Black - Take 2 02:59 Tools
As Long As I Love You (Jeannette) - Original 03:11 Tools
Get Low-Down Blues - Original 02:55 Tools
Rhumba Negro (Spanish Stomp) 02:59 Tools
IT WON'T BE LONG NOW 02:59 Tools
That Too Do 02:38 Tools
Moten Swing-BUSTER AND Bennie Moten 03:24 Tools
Missouri Wobble - Take 2 03:24 Tools
Ding-Dong Blues - Original 03:24 Tools
She's No Trouble(Sweetheart) 03:24 Tools
New Vine Sreet Blues 03:24 Tools
Baby Dear - Original 03:24 Tools
The Jones Law Blues - Alternative Version 02:51 Tools
Imagination - Original 02:51 Tools
KC Shuffle 02:51 Tools
18th Street Strut - Original 02:51 Tools
Now Goofy Dust (Recorded 1929) 02:51 Tools
She's Sweeter than Sugar 1925 02:51 Tools
Rit-Dit-Ray - Take 1 02:51 Tools
It Won't Be Long - Original 02:51 Tools
That Too, Do - Take 1 02:51 Tools
Evil Mama Blues 02:51 Tools
Goofy Dust - Original 02:51 Tools
Sad Man Blues - Original 02:51 Tools
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Bennie Moten (November 13, 1894 – April 2, 1935) was a noted American jazz pianist and band leader born in Kansas City, Missouri. He led the Kansas City Orchestra, the most important of the itinerant, blues-based orchestras active in the Midwest in the 1920s, and helped to develop the riffing style that would come to define many of the 1930s Big Bands. His first recordings were made (for OKeh Records) in 1923, and were rather stiff interpretations of the New Orleans style of King Oliver and others. They also showed the influence of the Ragtime that was still popular in the area. His OKeh sides (recorded 1923-1925) are some of the more valuable acoustic jazz 78's of the era and continue to be treasured records in many serious jazz collections. They next recorded in 1926 for Victor Records in New Jersey, and were influenced by the more sophisticate style of Fletcher Henderson, but more often than not featured a hard stomp beat that was extremely popular. Moten remained one of Victor's most popular orchestras through 1930. By 1928 Moten's piano was showing some Boogie Woogie influences, but the real revolution came in 1929 when he recruited Count Basie, Walter Page and Oran 'Hot Lips' Page. Walter Page's walking bass lines gave the music an entirely new feel compared to the 2/4 tuba of his predecessor Vernon Page, coloured by Basie's understated, syncopated piano fills. Their final session (10 recordings made December 13, 1932, during a time of significant hard-ship for the band) showed the early stages of what would become known as the "Basie sound"; four years before Basie would record under his own name. By this time Ben Webster and Jimmy Rushing had joined Moten's band, but Moten himself does not play on these sessions. These sides include a number of tunes that would later became swing classics: "Toby" "Moten Swing" "The Blue Room" "Imagination" (vocals: Sterling Russell Trio) "New Orleans" (vocal: James Rushing) "The Only Girl I Ever Loved" (vocals: Sterling Russell Trio) "Milenberg Joys" "Lafayette" "Prince of Wails" "Two Times" (recorded with six musicians and with vocalist Josephine Garrison) After Moten's death in 1935 after an unsuccessful tonsillectomy, Basie took many of the leading musicians from the band to form his own orchestra. Moten's popular 1928 recording of "South" (V-38021) stayed in Victor's catalog over the years (reissued as 24893 in 1935 as Victor phased out any remaining V-38000 series that were still in the catalog) and became a big jukebox hit in the late 1940s (by then, reissued as 44-0004). It remained in print (as a vinyl 45) until RCA stopping making vinyl records! Read more on User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.