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Kansas City Blues 1944 - 1949 Import, Box set

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  • Audio CD (3 Sept. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Import, Box set
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000002UEU
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 473,121 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Moten Swing - Jay McShann's Kansas City Stompers
  2. Come On Over To My House - Jay McShann's Kansas City Stompers
  3. Trouble In Mind - Jay McShann's Kansas City Stompers
  4. On The Sunny Side Of The Street - Jay McShann's Kansas City Stompers
  5. Confessin' The Blues - Jay McShann & His Jazz Men
  6. Walkin' Blues (AKA Walking) - Jay McShann & His Jazz Men
  7. Hard Workin' Man Blues - Jay McShann & His Jazz Men
  8. When I've Been Drinking - Jay McShann & His Jazz Men
  9. Merry-Go-Round Blues - Jay McShann & His Jazz Men
  10. Bad Tale Boogie - Jay McShann & His Jazz Men
  11. McShann's Boogie Blues - Jay McShann & His Jazz Men
  12. Everything Will Be All Right - Jay McShann
  13. Pic's Boogie - Jay McShann
  14. Scotty's - Jay McShann
  15. Cover Up - Jay McShann
  16. (Scotty Can Blow) Kicks - Jay McShann
  17. Tonight's The Night - Julia Lee & Her Boyfriends
  18. My Man Stands Out - Julia Lee & Her Boyfriends
  19. Do You Want It - Julia Lee & Her Boyfriends
  20. It Comes In Like A Lion - Julia Lee & Her Boyfriends
  21. When You Want Chili - Bus Moten & His Men
  22. It's Hard To Laugh Or Smile - Bus Moten & His Men
  23. You'll Wind Up On Top - Bus Moten & His Men
  24. On The Gravy Train - Bus Moten & His Men

Disc: 2

  1. Don't Come Too Soon - Julia Lee & Her Boyfriends
  2. Ugly Papa - Julia Lee & Her Boyfriends
  3. Don't Save It Too Long (The Money Song) - Julia Lee & Her Boyfriends
  4. After Hours Waltz - Julia Lee & Her Boyfriends
  5. I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None Of My Jelly Roll - Bus Moten & His Men
  6. Sugar Daddy Blues - Bus Moten & His Men
  7. Gone - Bus Moten & His Men
  8. Gotta Good Reason For Being Bad - Bus Moten & His Men
  9. Play The Blues - Walter Brown
  10. What Evil Have I Done - Walter Brown
  11. Gonna Play With Your Woman - Walter Brown
  12. Work Don't Bother Me - Walter Brown
  13. Goosed - Tommy Douglas
  14. Jackson County Romp - Tommy Douglas
  15. Mizzou' - Tommy Douglas
  16. Hot Sauce - Tommy Douglas
  17. Inform Me Baby - Walter Brown
  18. Lyin' Woman Blues - Walter Brown
  19. Suppressin' The Blues - Walter Brown
  20. Hello & Goodbye - Walter Brown
  21. You Ain't Got It No More - Julia Lee & Her Boyfriends
  22. When Your Lover Has Gone - Julia Lee & Her Boyfriends J
  23. Oh Chuck It (In A Basket) - Julia Lee & Her Boyfriends
  24. Decent Woman Blues - Julia Lee & Her Boyfriends
  25. Dragging My Heart Around - Julia Lee & Her Boyfriends

Disc: 3

  1. Kickapoo - Tommy Douglas
  2. Tea For Tommy - Tommy Douglas
  3. If You Don't, Why Don't Ya - Tommy Douglas
  4. I Want You To Be My Guy - Tommy Douglas
  5. Douglas Boogie - Tommy Douglas
  6. The Killion - Tommy Douglas
  7. Leaving Town Blues - Tommy Douglas
  8. Lights Out - Tommy Douglas
  9. Turn It Over - Bus Moten & His Men
  10. That Did It - Bus Moten & His Men
  11. Best Friend Blues - Bus Moten & His Men
  12. Baby You Messed Up - Bus Moten & His Men
  13. You Better Leave My Gal Alone - Walter Brown
  14. Lou, Cindy Lou - Walter Brown
  15. Squabblin' Woman - Walter Brown
  16. I'm Gonna Get Married - Walter Brown
  17. New Style Baby - Walter Brown
  18. Let's Love Awhile - Walter Brown
  19. Nasty Attitude - Walter Brown
  20. Slow Down Baby - Walter Brown
  21. The Lady With The Black Dress On - Tiny Kennedy
  22. Sister Flat-Top - Tiny Kennedy
  23. It Ain't No Use - Tiny Kennedy
  24. Jumpin' Little Woman - Tiny Kennedy

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The chief attraction of this handsomely packaged 3-CDs set is probably Jay McShann's opus, his collaboration with Jimmy Witherspoon(his first cuts are included here), Walter Brown and, one and only, Ben Webster who definitevly lifts up the general quality of the box with his contributions on the 3rd CD (he plays with Bus Moten as well). Julia Lee is also an interesting singer for us fans of old music; ever since I've heard few of her tracks on Jay McShann compilation, I wanted to hear more.

Now, you have to understand that this is an comprehensive compilation, part of the series, not an anthology, so some of the tracks are less pleasing to my ear (and probably to most other ears as well). Among the blues, rhythm & blues and jazz audiences this will definitively find its buyers, while early rock fans might also be interested, particularly in some of the Tommy Douglas tracks where there's some honking tenor that probably goes beyond R&B, into the realm of early Rock n' roll.

Racy and poorly disguised "dirty" lyrics on some Julia Lee tracks ("come to my house but don't come to soon" for instance) are historically quite interesting but, according to Billy Vera's lovingly written (and lovely) notes, Julia Lee insisted that she record a completely different - the lovely ballad "When Your Lover has Gone". So, this vocal (and piano) veteran was quite aware that she is pandering to the audiences and wanted to do more.

Recorded in the era when be-bop was taking over jazz, these tracks are, on one hand, conservative and, on the other hand, showing how the blues and Kansas CIty stlye developed in the direction of R&B and rock.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive view of Kansas City music in the Forties 5 Dec. 2009
By Nikica Gilic - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The chief attraction of this handsomely packaged 3-CDs set is probably Jay McShann's opus, his collaboration with Jimmy Witherspoon(his first cuts are included here), Walter Brown and, one and only, Ben Webster who definitevly lifts up the general quality of the box with his contributions on the 3rd CD (he plays with Bus Moten as well). Julia Lee is also an interesting singer for us fans of old music; ever since I've heard few of her tracks on Jay McShann compilation, I wanted to hear more.

Now, you have to understand that this is an comprehensive compilation, part of the series, not an anthology, so some of the tracks are less pleasing to my ear (and probably to most other ears as well). Among the blues, rhythm & blues and jazz audiences this will definitively find its buyers, while early rock fans might also be interested, particularly in some of the Tommy Douglas tracks where there's some honking tenor that probably goes beyond R&B, into the realm of early Rock n' roll.

Racy and poorly disguised "dirty" lyrics on some Julia Lee tracks ("come to my house but don't come to soon" for instance) are historically quite interesting but, according to Billy Vera's lovingly written (and lovely) notes, Julia Lee insisted that she record a completely different - the lovely ballad "When Your Lover has Gone". So, this vocal (and piano) veteran was quite aware that she is pandering to the audiences and wanted to do more.

Recorded in the era when be-bop was taking over jazz, these tracks are, on one hand, conservative and, on the other hand, showing how the blues and Kansas CIty stlye developed in the direction of R&B and rock. Charlie Parker had already left McShann at the era this was recorded so, if you're looking for early modern jazz, this brilliant package is not for you.
Good job mr. Billy Vera (producer and compiler).
And, yes, the sound is really full, warm and nice on my low tech hi-fi; much better than the sound on be-bop tracks I have from the the same era. Maybe Vera should produce those reissues as well?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ultra rare K.C. music 20 Oct. 2012
By anonymous - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As Billy Vera says in his fine notes, this is the first time that the music of post-Tom Pendergast Kansas City has been anthologized. Pendergast, who was jailed in 1938, ran the corrupt city which had been a haven for musicians with its many night clubs offering employment. After the city was cleaned up, Count Basie, Joe Turner and Charlie Parker were all gone.

This set gives us the best of what was left, yes, but that's not bad. Former K.C. newsman Dave Dexter was working for Capitol Records and his love for his home town brought him back in 1949 for two trips to records several of his favorites, in the wake of Julia Lee's success on Capitol with her ribald tunes.

Disc One (of three) features Jay McShann with and without Jimmy Witherspoon on both Capitol and Aladdin Records, including Spoon's very first recordings.

Discs Two and Three contain the complete recordings made by Dexter on those two 1949 trips. Julia Lee is featured, as are Bus Moten, nephew of Basie's old employer Benny Moten. McShann's former blues singer, Walter Brown is heard, backed by the great K.C. tenor sax man Ben Webster on several.

Tommy Douglas was considered one of the finest sax players in the midwest. He mentored a young Charlie Parker. Unfortunately, he refused to play in the new R&B style Dexter wanted, so his sidemen are featured on his sides here. Tiny Kennedy's one session, which also includes Webster, is terrific too.

The low points are Bus Moten and Tommy Douglas's sides. It's a very good but not a great set for that reason. But, as always with Billy Vera productions, there's important history and quite a bit of worthwhile music here.
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