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Sad Man Blues

Bennie Moten's
Kansas City Orchestra


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Recorded in Camden, New Jersey on September 7th 1928 featuring James Taylor vocals, Ed Lewis and Booker Washington cornet, Thamon Hayes trombone, Harlan Leonard clarinet, soprano, & alto sax, Jack Washington clarinet, alto, & baritone sax, Woody Walder clarinet & tenor sax, Bennie Moten piano & director, Leroy Berry banjo, Vernon Page bass brass, and Willie McWashington drums.

*"Sad Man Blues" was written by Bennie Moten.

Sung by James Taylor "Sad Man Blues" was recorded well before Jimmy Rushing became the group's primary vocalist.

This number is a definite example of the gradual modernization that would become increasingly evident in Bennie Moten's playing.

Bennie Moten's original "K.C. Orchestra" shine in this exceptional "jazz band" blues performance beginning with a rollicking beat laid down by Willie McWashington.

It was committed to record the year prior to Count Basie and the other new members, formerly of "Walter Page's Blues Devils", joining the band.

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