Sunday, June 22, 2014
Count Basie & His Orchestra Kansas City Suite The Music of Benny Carter Roulette 1960
Love this LP and wish I didn't own a beat up later pressing on the Roulette Birdland Series, nice original would fit the bill, but, then again, there's a lot of records I want.
This LP was written by Benny Carter (not from Kansas City or a part of the scene, at least in the way Basie was) for Count Basie and his orchestra. Carter named his tunes around clubs and areas in Basie's old stomping grounds, Basie gave it his KC swing, and they got a solid later day jazz album.
It's a solid outing and some featured soloist give the recordings an added flourish. However, I just love it for all the Kansas City in it. The skyline photo is great. Song titles are fantastic: "Vine Street Rumble," "Miss Missouri," "Jackson County Jubilee," and the "Paseo Promenade" all still hold immediate relevance today. The other tracks apparently are centered around KCMO as well, but would likely require more research. I'm content with the obvious.
Vine Street Rumble