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Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra
Feat. Woody Walder
This recording was made in Chicago on December 13th 1926, by Bennie Moten and his "Kansas City Orchestra" with Lammar Wright cornet, Thamon Hayes trombone, Harlan Leonard clarinet & alto sax, Laforest Dent alto & bass sax, Woody Walder clarinet & tenor sax, Bennie Moten piano & director, Sam Tall banjo, Vernon Page bass, and Willie McWashington drums.
*"Yazoo Blues" was composed by Bennie Moten.
"Ahh Pick it Mr. Sam" prompts Sam Tall's banjo intro with his last note triggering the entire assembly.
The kazoo-like sound heard toward the beginning of this record is actually achieved by Woody Walder playing only his clarinet mouthpiece, and cupping it with his hand to get a wah-wah effect. This novelty sound was also featured on other Moten records. -Dan Weinstein
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