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Hot Water Blues

Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra


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"K. C. Hot Comes to Jersey"


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

*"Hot Water Blues" was composed by Bennie Moten.

On this record, in true "Kansas City" style, "Bennie Moten & His Orchestra" gradually increase in intensity with lots of room for improvisation along the way until they're really going "full throttle" by the end.

After the band introduces the main theme, a banjo solo from Leroy Berry concludes the record's first minute.

In this moderate blues motif you can feel the tension slowly build as the "water comes to a boil".

Also most deserving of mention here is clarinet & tenor saxophonist Woody Walder for his expressive solo work, in addition to some nice baritone parts played by Jack Washington.

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