A great session of 1960 with Count Basie and his band in absolute top form - hardly surprising when you look at the list of star soloists and makes us aware of the fact that every single title of this album was written by Benny Carter.
The city of Kansas, lived in the Count Basie, had become the center of the lively new jazz. A place where the musicians who interpret these new jazz, could be to join with countless jam sessions from evening to morning and by the evening. A place to find where musicians like Walter Page, Benny Moten, Lester Young, Ben Webster, Andy Kirk, Coleman Hawkins and many others while working, experimenting and living out of their music were. That was the Kansas of Count Basie, and this Kansas has dedicated Benny Carter his music. He has written a unique modern jazz suite, spiced with elements of the Kansas City Stomp Jazz, tailored to the great harsh sound of the Basie band. For Benny Carter generate the various streets and squares of Kansas City, where have lived and worked so many jazz greats, and in which so much jazz history was written, a certain mood, a memory of the past. For this reason, it has designated the pieces in this suite after those same streets and squares. The Kansas City in the 20s and 30s is now legend, and the music that has been started there has evolved out of the mainstream of today's jazz since. In the music of Benny Carter, it has its full maturity and grandeur achieved through the dynamic force of the great Basie band.