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Kansas Smitty's House Band: Kansas Smitty's

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Kansas Smitty's is the debut album from the eight-piece Kansas Smitty's House Band, a London-based octet with an open approach to the integration of many jazz styles. The result is a refreshingly original debut album filled with some of the catchiest and most engaging music around. House bands have a long history, playing regular but badly-paid gigs in dives and other dodgy establishments at the beck and call of dubious owners. Kansas Smitty's House Band follows that tradition ...


Kansas at The NYCB Theatre At Westbury

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Kansas with special guests Arc & Stones The NYCB Theatre At Westbury Westbury, NY May 29, 2014 In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Kansas, with its Americana-heartland-meets-classical-with-a-dash-of-prog-rock sound, owned a large portion of AOR FM airplay. Songs such as “Carry On Wayward Son," “Song For America," “Point Of Know Return," and “Dust In The Wind" could be heard blaring from car radios and boom boxes across the country. Touring in celebration of ...


Kansas City Jazz Orchestra: Take One

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The debut recording by the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra marks the pinnacle of a dream come true for cofounders Jim Mair and Gene Hall--a repertory orchestra comprised of top-notch musicians from the Kansas City area, patterned after others around the country with local sponsors, a board of directors and national grants to lend financial support. After honing its chops during three highly successful concerts, the band entered KC's Soundtrek Studio in November '04 to establish a more permanent record of ...


Kansas: Proto-Kaw: Early Recordings from Kansas 1971-1973

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Kansas had a multitude of chart topping singles and LPs during the '70s. And were known for melding progressive rock with catchy twists and melodic hooks. However, this recording represents the band during the formative years, consisting of live and studio tracks. While the group’s founder and leader, guitarist Kerry Livgren lays it all out rather nicely in the liners.

The musicians’ midwestern roots presented a fish-out-of-water syndrome. Especially, when considering the period - and the band’s ...


Kansas: Somewhere to Elsewhere

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After having gone through more roster changes during the 90's than the Pittsburgh Pirates, those old champions of American progressive music - Kansas - have returned with a new CD titled Somewhere to Elsewhere. This version of Kansas contains seven members (Earth, Wind and Fire - call your offices), most notably the distinctive violins of Robby Steinnhardt, Steve Walsh on vox, and hard rockin' Richard Williams on guitar. But the major player in this incarnation of the band is most ...

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