Count Basie

Count Basie in Kansas City

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The genesis of the Count Basie band can be heard in these recordings by Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra. With Basie on piano, trumpeter Hot Lips Page, tenor saxophonist Ben Webster and such future Basie-ites as trombonist/guitarist Eddie Durham, baritonist Jack Washington, bassist Walter Page and the great singer Jimmy Rushing, there are times when Moten's orchestra almost sounds like Basie's. Eight selections from the 1929-30 period are followed by eight numbers recorded at Moten's last and greatest sesssion (from December 13, 1932). Such tunes as "Moten's Swing," "Lafayette" and "Blue Room" are prime examples of early swing.