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 The Count Basie Orchestra -- Grover Mitchell

1999  Large Jazz Ensemble Grammy Winner


The Kansas City Sound was basically  the blues with an attitude.Traditional blues were energized within a new blues mode: pulsating fine and mellow, blue and sentimental, kinda blue, and jumping the blues. CountBasie  commented, "I always called it swing." 
SWING.

The road to swing music began in Kansas City, MO. A cadre of jazz musicians, most of whom,  have become Jazz legends. They honed their craft in KayCee: took the  blues played with an attitude; tipping' in, rompin', stompin' turned it into a new note; articulating a new music. Basie honed it: John Hammond, Columbia Recording producer, heard it. From blues to bebop; Anita O'Day, Frank Wess, Bird Parker--received more than a name from this 18th & Vine St. environment.  And yet,  further East on I-70,  Miles Dewey Davis, Clark Terry, John Hicks, Ernie Wilkens. St Louis, too,but KayCee was Swing! Joe Turner knew it.

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