RELEASE
September 26, 2000
LABEL
Hep
GENRES
Jazz, Big Band, Early Jazz

Album Review

While most of Bennie Moten's music has been released, a single and complete volume of his important Victor recordings is still missing. Now there's Hep's Band Box Shuffle, which takes in Moten's prime 1929-1932 stretch for the company via 47 superbly remastered tracks. And mirroring the sterling transfers engineer John R.T. Davies has supplied, the liner notes, written by jazz photographer and historian Frank Driggs, provide a hugely readable and exhaustive account of the group's history. Of course, that history recounts the Moten band's position as one of the best of the many territory bands to emerge in the Southwest during the '20s, which was due in no small part to the presence of Count Basie and many of the other stars who would help him form his own big band in the '30s. Basie's future jump fleetness is especially evident on the ten classic 1932 sides that close this set, notably complex barnstormers like "Toby," "Lafayette," and "Moten Swing." The likes of Ben Webster, Hot Lips Page, and Walter Page all contribute to the fine swing. A good share of the remaining tracks, while often maligned in relation to these later cuts, have worn well, too -- clunky tuba, accordion, and all.
Stephen Cook, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Rumba Negro (Spanish Stomp)http://itunes.apple.com/album/band-box-shuffle/id191499248?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. The Jones Law Blueshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-jones-law-blues/id191499248?i=191499262&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. The Jones Law Blueshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-jones-law-blues/id191499248?i=191499291&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. Band Box Shufflehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/band-box-shuffle/id191499248?i=191499309&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Small Blackhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/small-black/id191499248?i=191499367&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Small Blackhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/small-black/id191499248?i=191499414&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. Everyday Blues (Yo Yo Blues)http://itunes.apple.com/album/band-box-shuffle/id191499248?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Boot Ithttp://itunes.apple.com/album/boot-it/id191499248?i=191499610&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. Mary Leehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/mary-lee/id191499248?i=191499647&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. Rit-Dit-Rayhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/rit-dit-ray/id191499248?i=191499652&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. Rit-Dit-Rayhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/rit-dit-ray/id191499248?i=191499679&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. New Vine Street Blueshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/new-vine-street-blues/id191499248?i=191499774&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. Sweetheart of Yesterdayhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/sweetheart-of-yesterday/id191499248?i=191499949&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. Won't You Be My Baby?http://itunes.apple.com/album/wont-you-be-my-baby/id191499248?i=191499969&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  15. Won't You Be My Baby?http://itunes.apple.com/album/wont-you-be-my-baby/id191499248?i=191500009&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  16. I Wish I Could Be Bluehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/i-wish-i-could-be-blue/id191499248?i=191500013&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  17. I Wish I Could Be Bluehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/i-wish-i-could-be-blue/id191499248?i=191500067&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  18. Oh! Eddiehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/oh-eddie/id191499248?i=191500204&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  19. Oh! Eddiehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/oh-eddie/id191499248?i=191500250&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  20. That Too, Dohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/that-too-do/id191499248?i=191500413&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  21. That Too, Dohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/that-too-do/id191499248?i=191500420&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  22. Mack's Rhythmhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/macks-rhythm/id191499248?i=191500422&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  23. You Made Me Happyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/you-made-me-happy/id191499248?i=191500510&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  24. Here Comes Marjoriehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/here-comes-marjorie/id191499248?i=191500578&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  25. The Counthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/band-box-shuffle/id191499248?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  26. Liza Leehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/band-box-shuffle/id191499248?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  27. Liza Leehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/band-box-shuffle/id191499248?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  28. Get Goin' (Get Ready to Love)http://itunes.apple.com/album/band-box-shuffle/id191499248?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  29. Professor Hot Stuffhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/band-box-shuffle/id191499248?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  30. When I'm Alonehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/band-box-shuffle/id191499248?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  31. New Moten Stomphttp://itunes.apple.com/album/band-box-shuffle/id191499248?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  32. As Long as I Love Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/band-box-shuffle/id191499248?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  33. Somebody Stole My Galhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/band-box-shuffle/id191499248?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  34. Now That I Need Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/band-box-shuffle/id191499248?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  35. Bouncin' Roundhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/band-box-shuffle/id191499248?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  36. Ya Got Lovehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/band-box-shuffle/id191499248?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  37. I Wanna Be Around Me Baby All the Timehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/band-box-shuffle/id191499248?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  38. Tobyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/band-box-shuffle/id191499248?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  39. Moten Swinghttp://itunes.apple.com/album/band-box-shuffle/id191499248?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  40. Blue Moonhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/band-box-shuffle/id191499248?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  41. Imaginationhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/band-box-shuffle/id191499248?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  42. New Orleanshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/band-box-shuffle/id191499248?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  43. The Only Girl I Ever Lovedhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/band-box-shuffle/id191499248?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  44. Milenberg Joyshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/band-box-shuffle/id191499248?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  45. Lafayettehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/band-box-shuffle/id191499248?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  46. Prince of Wailshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/band-box-shuffle/id191499248?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  47. Two Timeshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/band-box-shuffle/id191499248?uo=5&at=11l9vR
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