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"Kansas City Hot!"


Bennie Moten's "Kansas City Orchestra" recorded this tune in Camden, New Jersey on September 6th 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.

*"Justrite" was composed by Bennie Moten and Ed Lewis.

For what was to be their third and final take of "Justrite" the "Bennie Moten K.C. Orchestra" managed to muster an effortless run through this masterpiece producing a sound that is surprisingly sophisticated when compared to their earlier works.

In spite of the band's rapidly advancing development novelty effects still play a major role with prime examples including Woody Walder's clarinet 'wah wah' or Jack Washington's slap tongued baritone saxophone.

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