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The Jones Law Blues

Bennie Moten's
Kansas City Orchestra


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Feat. William "Count" Basie


Recorded in Chicago on October 23rd 1929 featuring Bennie Moten director, Booker T. Washington and Ed Lewis trumpet & cornet, Thamon Hayes trombone, Woody Walder clarinet & soprano sax, Harlan Leonard clarinet, alto, & soprano sax, Jack Washington clarinet, alto, & baritone sax, William "Count" Basie piano, Ira "Buster" Moten accordion, Eddie Durham guitar, Leroy Berry banjo, Vernon Page tuba, and Willie McWashington drums.

*"The Jones Law Blues" was composed by Bennie Moten and William Basie.

In his new role as simply the director of his "K.C. Orchestra", with Bill Basie taking his place at the piano bench, Bennie Moten was rapidly reaching the peak of his success.

Bennie Moten stopped playing in his own band because of his deep love for the "Kansas City" sound that he helped create. Believing that his own playing had become far too modern over the years he felt that it was his duty to preserve the integrity of the Kansas City style. Moten would remain as simply the director of his band up until his death in 1935.

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