Bennie Moten was a pianist and big-band leader in the 1920s whose work set the stage for the Kansas City sound. This 22-track collection brings together the cream of Moten's work, and there is plenty of swinging, hot jazz on offer. The music is stylish and well-arranged, yet has the rowdy air of the era's best music. The set serves as a fine introduction to Moten's oeuvre, and is a good bet for those looking to collect some vintage 1920s jazz.
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