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Though he claimed to have invented jazz outright in 1902, there's no denying Morton, as one of the genre's first serious composers, was a pivotal figure in its early development. Presented here are his first commercial recordings, such as King Porter Stomp; Kansas City Stomp; Wolverine Blues; The Pearls; Tia Juana; Mamanita; Jelly Roll Blues; Big Foot Ham; Stratford Hunch; Perfect Rag; Frog-I-More Rag , and Muddy Water Blues , plus an exceptionally rare alternate take on New Orleans Joys . Genius!

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These are Jelly Roll Morton's earliest recordings, and if you have any plans to become a Morton completist, this Jazz Classics issue with its chronological presentation is a good way to cover the early work. While the sound quality inevitably leaves much to be desired, the freshness of Morton's invention will surmount that, from the wonderfully percussive smacks at the keyboard in "Grandpa's Spells" to the rollicking energy of "Shreveport Stomp." Other perennial Morton vehicles that are heard in their first versions are "The Pearls" and "King Porter Stomp," while "Big Fat Ham" and "London Blues" are heard in both band and solo piano versions. The CD even goes so far as to include "Steady Roll" by a novelty band called Jelly Roll Morton's Stomp Kings. The group consisted of comb, banjo, and kazoos, but it didn't include Morton. --Stuart Broomer

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Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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listen  1. King Porter StompJelly Roll Morton 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. New Orleans Joys (1st Take)Jelly Roll Morton 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. New Orleans Joys (2nd Take)Jelly Roll Morton 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Grandpa's SpellsJelly Roll Morton 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Kansas City StompJelly Roll Morton 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Wolverine BluesJelly Roll Morton 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The PearlsJelly Roll Morton 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Tia JuanaJelly Roll Morton 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Shreveport StompsJelly Roll Morton 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. MamamitaJelly Roll Morton 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Jelly Roll BluesJelly Roll Morton 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Big Foot HamJelly Roll Morton 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Bucktown BluesJelly Roll Morton 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Tom Cat BluesJelly Roll Morton 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Stratford HunchJelly Roll Morton 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Perfect RagJelly Roll Morton 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Frog-I-More RagJelly Roll Morton 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. London BluesJelly Roll Morton 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Thirty-Fifth St. BluesJelly Roll Morton 2:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. MamanitaJelly Roll Morton 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Big Fat HamJelly Roll Morton & His Orchestra 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Muddy Water BluesJelly Roll Morton & His Orchestra 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Mr Jelly Lord (3rd Take- Paramount)Jelly Roll Morton'S Steamboat Four 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Mr Jelly Lord (Gennett)Jelly Roll Morton'S Incomparables 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. King Porter StompJelly Roll Morton 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. Tom Cat BluesJelly Roll Morton 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 1, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Milestone
  • ASIN: B000000XW2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,284 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Peter Acebal on January 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Although he prided himself as having "invented" Jazz,Jelly Roll Morton WAS the first great Composer of Jazz,long before Ellington;this remarkable CD is invaluable for offering all of Morton's first recordings (the Gennett piano solos and some early band dates,including a swell number,"Steady Roll" complete with comb & kazzoo and NO Morton!?);although the Classics Series are usually well-remastered this CD is no exception,I had much of this on LP and these are the cleanest sounding digital transfers of this material that I've yet heard;the only reason to point up sound quality is only to underscore the fact that ( especially on the piano solos)the 1923-1924 accoustical technology did not permit the full tonal range of Jelly's amazing keyboard virtuousity to be heard;However,you can still hear the exquisite phrasing of "The Pearls" (all but worth the price of the CD) and the terrific left handed fingering on "New Orleans Joys",to say nothing of the wonderful rolling arpeggios on "Frogimore Rag" and not a word of his breathtaking technique on "Perfect Rag";the band sides are a revealing glimpse into Morton's polyphonic mind - he already had his vision of Jazz down pat,it only needed him to find just the right combination of musicians,which he ultimately did (of course) with the classic Red Hot Peppers work for Victor a few years later.
This CD is required listening for ALL Jazz lovers whether Hot Jazz,Cool Jazz,Bop,or whatever,because the history of Jazz can be heard loud and clear here in the hands of its first Genius! Don't Delay .... buy your's today!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jason Weber on January 9, 2011
Format: Audio CD
There are a few compilation CDs of Jelly's first recordings in the early 20s before the Hot Peppers, when he started off as a pianist in Chicago. A lot of these songs are gems and of course, this is one of the few compilations where the sound is not remastered or messed with much, but kept original. It contains a lot of scratch since it was transferred directly from old records, but the sound of the piano is crisp and clean under the scratch, unlike other compilations that dull the piano sound down while trying to remove the scratch sound. For as old as it is, the music has still been preserved well and is a huge piece of jazz history.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Heath Edan Combs on May 4, 2011
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If you like the stuff that came after, most likely the victor recordings made between 1926 and 1930, these solo piano recordings offer so much insight into how jelly must have originally heard them at the piano. There's something beautiful about hearing these songs stripped down, before many would be heard on recordings divided into separate instrumental parts. Great stuff.
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