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The Real Kansas City Of The '20s, '30s & '40s

The Real Kansas City Of The '20s, '30s & '40s

May 28, 1996

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 28, 1996
  • Release Date: May 28, 1996
  • Label: Columbia/Legacy
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  • Total Length: 1:11:06
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  • ASIN: B00138D4MY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,819 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By T. Hoffman on February 26, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Combining cuts from all the key KC players and many obscure groups, this CD is an excellent intro to the KC 20s-30s sound, and the sound quality is great. This is the original music that is celebrated by the awesome soundtrack to Robert Altman's film, "Kansas City" -- however, this disc stomps and swings more consistently from song-to-song than the soundtrack. Count Basie tears up the piano on a track or two from the mid-30's.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Michael Laprarie on November 13, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This CD is by far the best compilation of music from the black territory bands of the southwestern United States during the Depression years.
These bands toured on the back roads of Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, and Arkansas and played mostly one-night stops at local taverns and dance halls in colored neighborhoods during the 1930's and early 1940's.
Many of Kansas City's bands went on to fame and fortune, and Count Basie was probably the most famous of these. Other bandleaders like Ernie Fields found local fame on the Kansas City - Oklahoma City - Dallas circuit, but never made it big nationally.
While this CD was conceived by CBS/Sony Entertainment as a companion to Robert Altman's movie "Kansas City", it can be thoroughly enjoyed by anyone who is looking for a good collection of swing tunes, or who wants to know more about the roots of the Swing Era in the southwestern United States.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. C Clark VINE VOICE on July 31, 2007
Format: Audio CD
My first few spins of this CD were somewhat disappointing. It just did not deliver what I was expecting. Looking back, I cannot imagine precisely what that expectation was, since it now gets more play than most every other CD in my collection. It's not perfect. Some of the connections to Kansas City are a bit tenuous, the booklet is annoyingly written and very annoyingly laid out, and a couple of cuts are not indicative of either the sound or feel, in my opinion. Overall though, this is a splendid collection of some hot music from a hot time. Starting from the first cut, where we enjoy the great Bennie Moten and his Kansas City Orchestra, we are treated to some spectacular musicianship, in this case cornet playing that will knock your socks off. I think Moten an astonishing genius who would be near the top of everyone's lists if he had lived a bit longer. Listen to that piano on "Prince of Wails." Man, the guy was both tasteful and fiery.

And you get not necessarily the most famous cuts from some Kansas City legends, which is nice, but all good ones. Jay McShann and his young sax player Charlie Parker, Mary Lou Williams, Count Basie and Julia Lee are all icons from this era, and all icons who called KC home. Buck O'Neil has reminisced wonderfully about how the music played all night, spilling out from every club into the streets around 12th and Vine. How lucky he was to have lived here and heard this music as it was created! This one gets more enjoyable with every listen.
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