He led Bennie Motens Kansas City Orchestra / Bunny Berigan And His Orchestra* - South / Frankie And Johnni Kansas City Orchestrathe most important of the regional, blues-based orchestras active in the Midwest in the s, and helped to develop the riffing style that would come to define many of the s Big Bands.
Moten started making music from an early age and developed as a pianist, pulling together other musicians in a band. His first recordings were made for OKeh Records on September 23,and were rather typical interpretations of the New Orleans style of King Oliver and others. They also showed the influence of the ragtime that was still popular in the area, as well as the stomping beat for which his band was famous.
These OKeh sides recorded — are Sorcellerie! - Maléfice - Hexenkartothek (Lathe Cut) of the more valuable acoustic jazz 78s of the era; they are treasured records in many serious jazz collections.
They signed with Victor Records inand were influenced by the more sophisticated style of Fletcher Henderson. More often than not, their pieces featured a hard stomp beat that was extremely popular in Kansas City. Moten continued to be one of Victor's most popular orchestras through Their song " Kansas City Shuffle " was recorded during this time. The band recorded prolifically, and many of their records were issued in Victor's regular series, not specifically marketed to the Black community as some other bands were.
His orchestra featured the standard Kansas City style at You - Scanner time: smooth sax chorus over tinkling piano and a bass drum beat. Moten's popular recording of " South " on Victor V itself a remake of the first version on OKeh from late stayed in Victor's catalog over the years. It was reissued as inas Victor phased out any remaining V series that were still in the catalog. In the late s, it became a big jukebox hit by then, reissued as It remained in print as a vinyl 45 until RCA stopping making vinyl Bennie Motens Kansas City Orchestra / Bunny Berigan And His Orchestra* - South / Frankie And Johnni. By Moten's piano was showing some boogie woogie influences, but the real revolution came inafter he recruited Count BasieWalter Pageand Oran 'Hot Lips' Page.
Another boon to the band was adding Jimmy Rushing as their primary vocalist. Their final session showed the early stages of what became known as the "Basie sound," four years before Basie recorded under his own name. They made 10 recordings at Victor's Camden, New Jersey, studios on December 13,during a time when the band was suffering significant financial hardship.
By this time Ben Webster and Rushing had joined Moten's band, but Moten himself did not play on these sessions. These sides were mostly arranged by Eddie Durhamand they include a number of tunes that later became swing classics:. Nathan W. Pearson Jr. The complete personnel of Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra, as of when the band was at the peak of its early popularity, was:.
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