L.A. Swing Barons | Kansas City Stride

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Kansas City Stride

by L.A. Swing Barons

The LA Swing Barons play authentic style Kansas City Jazz in the model of the great bands of the 30's and 40's such as The Count Basie Orchestra; Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy; and Harlan Leonard and his Rockets, all for your dancing pleasure.
Genre: Jazz: Swing/Big Band
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1. Tune Town Shuffle
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3:26 album only
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2. Kansas City Stride
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4:34 album only
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3. 627 Stomp
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4:49 album only
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4. Hairy Joe Jump
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3:26 album only
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5. A Mellow Bit of Rhythm
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3:59 album only
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6. Jumpin' at the Woodside
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3:33 album only
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7. Splanky
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3:50 album only
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8. Scratchin' in the Gravel
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3:27 album only
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9. Hollywood Jump
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3:05 album only
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10. Shiny Stockings
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5:08 album only
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11. Sepian Bounce
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3:19 album only
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12. One O'clock Jump
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4:48 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Kansas City Jazz springs forth from one of the darkest times in American history. It takes its roots in prohibition, is fueled by political corruption, powers through depression, and survives despite systemic racism. Through all this it is a music of great emotion, joyful and hopeful even while seeped in the blues. Some of the greatest jazz musicians of all time are from Kansas City, or cut their musical teeth there: Benny Moten, Walter Page, Count Basie, Lester Young, Buck Clayton, Mary Lou Williams, Andy Kirk, Jay McShann, Charlie Parker, the list goes on.

Tom’s town, as it was sometimes called, in reference to the political (and mob connected) boss Tom Pendergast, was rife with corruption, and essentially ignored prohibition. As a result the booze flowed freely, and where the booze flowed, so too did the jazz. Furthermore, as a central railroad hub, this was no frontier town but one of the great metropolises of the early 20th century. Liquor, jazz, people, money - all the essential ingredients needed to transform this city into a powerhouse. Into this came these great jazz musicians from around the country, and the legendary Kansas City jazz was born.

Thoroughly swing music, but infused with the southwest blues aesthetic, the concept of the riff was what drove this great sound. Driving melodic motifs powered by foundational rhythm and virtuosic solos made the sounds coming out of Kansas City some of the most sought after jazz of its day, especially after Count Basie wowed producer John Hammond and made it to the Big Apple to record and do radio broadcasts. After that, the world was hooked on the Kaycee sound.

The L.A. Swing Barons were formed in 2015 when it became clear that no one in the greater Los Angeles area was really playing music capturing that hard swingin’ Kansas City sound of Basie and others. The founding members of the band were all musicians who had picked up swing dancing along the way, and as such the band was crafted with that rhythmic dance band sound in mind. Music director Adam Lee spends careful hours crafting the arrangements the band plays to keep them in that authentic 1930s and 1940s groove, with the occasional venture out into the later eras of the New Testament Basie sound, but always with dancing in mind.

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