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Get Low Down Blues

Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra


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This side was recorded on September 7th 1928 in Camden, New Jersey with Ed Lewis trumpet & speech, Booker Washington trumpet, Thamon Hayes trombone, Harlan Leonard clarinet & alto sax, Woody Walder clarinet & tenor sax, Jack Washington clarinet, alto, & baritone sax, Bennie Moten piano, director, & speech, Leroy Berry banjo, Vernon Page brass bass, and Willie McWashington drums.

*"Get Low-Down Blues" was composed by Bennie Moten.

Though initially influenced by the more sophisticated style of Fletcher Henderson when Moten's K. C. Orchestra singed with Victor Records in 1926 they commonly featured a hard stomp beat that was extremely popular in Kansas City. By 1928 Bennie Moten's piano was beginning to show some Boogie Woogie influence but his group would remained among Victor's most popular orchestras through 1930. The band recorded prolifically and many of their records were issued in Victor's regular series, therefore not specifically marketed to the Black community.

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