“Moten Swing”

From “Jazz ’34: Remembrances of Kansas City Swing”

Robert Altman’s marvelous film

Kansas City native Robert Altman left behind a marvelous body of work, but for us this has to be the cream of the crop.

He hired top contemporary jazz musicians to re-create the look, feel and sound of Kansas City in the 1930s.

Personnel:

Joshua Redman as Lester Young – tenor sax
Craig Handy as Coleman Hawkins – tenor sax
James Carter as Ben Webster – tenor sax
Dadid Murray – tenor sax
Jesse Davis – alto sax
David “Fathead” Newman Jr. – alto sax
Don Byron – clarinet/baritone sax
Olu Dara – cornet
Nicholas Payton – trumpet
James Zollar – trumpet
Curtis Fowlkes – trombone
Clark Gayton – trombone
Victor Lewis as Joe Jones – drums
Geri Allen as Mary Lou Williams – piano
Cyrus Chestnut as Count Basie – piano
Ron Carter – bass
Christian McBride – bass
Tyron Clarke – bass
Russell Malone – guitar
Mark Whitefield – guitar
Kevin Mahogany – vocal