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listen  1. Sporting House Rag (Perfect Rag)Jelly Roll Morton 2:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Original RagsJelly Roll Morton 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. The CraveJelly Roll Morton 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The Naked Dance #2Jelly Roll Morton 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Mister JoeJelly Roll Morton 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. King Porter StompJelly Roll Morton 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Winin' Boy BluesJelly Roll Morton 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Animule DanceJelly Roll Morton 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Buddy Bolden's Blues (I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say)Jelly Roll Morton 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. The Naked DanceJelly Roll Morton 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Don't You Leave Me HereJelly Roll Morton 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Mamie's BluesJelly Roll Morton 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Michigan Water BluesJelly Roll Morton 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Sweet SubstituteJelly Roll Morton'S Hot Seven 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. PanamaJelly Roll Morton'S Hot Seven 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Good Old New YorkJelly Roll Morton'S Hot Seven 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Big Lip BluesJelly Roll Morton'S Hot Seven 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Why?Jelly Roll Morton'S Hot Six 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Get The BucketJelly Roll Morton'S Hot Six 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. If You KnewJelly Roll Morton'S Hot Six 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Shake ItJelly Roll Morton'S Hot Six 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Dirty Dirty DirtyJelly Roll Morton'S Hot Seven 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Swinging The ElksJelly Roll Morton'S Hot Seven 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Mama's Got A BabyJelly Roll Morton'S Hot Seven 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (January 28, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve / GRP
  • ASIN: B0000001NO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,423 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When Jelly Roll Morton recorded this music in 1939 and 1940, the "Jazz Age" that he represented was rapidly becoming a subject of historical curiosity. Morton had already recorded extensively for the Library of Congress, reminiscences as well as music, but there's nothing stale about these solo piano and band tracks, with Morton showing another dimension of himself as a laconic singer of traditional blues. The solo piano sessions find him reaching back to the New Orleans of his youth, playing ragtime and bordello specialties as well as a superbly relaxed version of his "King Porter Stomp." The songs are fascinating, including "Winin' Boy Blues," "Mamie's Blues" (which Morton introduces as "the first blues I no doubt heard in my life"), and "Buddy Bolden's Blues," the last with a cast of characters that includes the legendary trumpeter. There are also 12 band tracks, with Red Allen, Albert Nicholas, and Zutty Singleton among those joining the pianist. At their best these songs are fine expressions of Morton's music, with "Sweet Substitute" and "My Home Is in a Southern Town" showing the composer as a still-vital musical force. --Stuart Broomer

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The last commercial recordings by the New Orleans legend, 25 tracks including rare solo and vocal sides as well as Hot Band recordings with Red Allen and Zutty Singleton.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By B. D. Tutt on February 4, 2000
Format: Audio CD
These are Morton's final studio recordings (with just broadcasts of "Winin' Boy Blues" and "King Porter Stomp" to come. He was already seriously ill with a heart condition, but was still in fine form.
The solos are classics: Scott Joplin's "Original Rags" is given a swinging performance, "The Crave" is one of Morton's beautiful "Spanish tinge" jazz tangos, whilst "King Porter Stomp" is one of Morton's strongest performances of his best known work: listen to how he builds up the tension in the third section. The vocal pieces are some of his most poignant recordings: "Mamies Blues" is a masterpiece - the counterpoint of Morton's blues baritone and his simple Jimmy Yancey like accompaniment is achingly melancholy. The one exception is "Animule Dance", undiscovered until 1988 and in poorer sound than the rest, but a rollicking performance of one of Morton's early show-pieces.
The band recordings have a poorer reputation. Some of them (like "Dirty Dirty Dirty") represent Morton's attempt to break into the swing market, and are disappointing. However, "Sweet Substitute", subsequently Morton's last "standard", is given a fine performance, and "Good Old New York" and "Swingin' The Elks" are marvellous tracks - listen to how Morton's piano drives along the whole band in the first, and the trumpet and sax solos in the second. Red Allen, Albert Nicholas, Welman Braud and Zutty Singleton knew and understood Morton's music. Although Morton subsequently complained that the band had insufficient rehersal time, these are still recordings well worth hearing.
This is a high quality re-issue: the sound is excellent, and the notes by Butch Thompson are outstanding. All lovers of Jelly Roll Morton should have this disc, and anyone who doubts Morton's genius as a solo or band pianist should listen to what he does here.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JEAN-MARIE JUIF on August 22, 2001
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How could a Jelly Roll Morton piano solo session receive less than five stars?Like Duke,Monk,Earl Hines,James P.,he was one of the most talented pianists and composers in the jazz history.The first part of this cd consist in a complete solo session by Mr Ferdinand Joseph LaMenthe (1885-1941),a creole from New Orleans who proclaimed himself as the inventor of jazz,blues and stomp;megalomaniac,irritable,insufferable for those who worked with him,Sweet Papa Jelly Roll is truly one of jazz greatest geniuses.These sessions,recorded one year after the marathon-like "Library of Congress" recordings,are among his best,mostly for the solos.He excells playing ragtime ("sporting house rag",a tune he recorded in 1924 under the title "perfect rag",an exceptionnal version of Joplin's "original rags",maybe the most beautiful with Paul Lingle's version,a magnificent spanish-tinged tune called "the crave","the naked dance",a tune he used to play in the whorehouses,and "King Porter stomp",a masterpiece),and he excelles too playing blues ("Michigan water blues","don't you leave me here",the poignant "winin' boy blues",and another masterpiece,as Mr Tutt said,"Mamie's blues",which was recorded in 1940 by Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet under the title "2:19 blues").The second part of the cd,the band sessions,were recorded in 1940.The personnel is absolutely superlative:Red Allen,Albert Nicholas,Wellman Braud,Zutty Singleton,Claude Jones.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jive rhapsodist on December 8, 2005
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Did anyone (don't remember) mention the excellence of the transfers and the liner notes? Steven Lasker is a hero - just compare (if you are a fanatic like I am) to the Classics issue of this material. And Animule Ball is a wonderful bonus. SOME of the band tracks ARE wonderful - particularly Dirty Dirty Dirty, Swinging The Elks and Mama's Got A Baby (all from the last session; what a pity there was to be no more). Claude Jones' replacement of Joe Britton on trombone,and the absence of Eddie Williams' alto sax help enormously. Dirty Dirty Dirty was the best writing Morton had done in years and Mama's Got A Baby shows that in addition to Jazz, Morton also invented R + B. Of course, the solo tracks are classics; have been since the day they were issued. I couldn't live without The Crave, Michigan Water, Don't You Leave Me Here - the incredible recording of King Porter...Oh let's face it, I couldn't live without any of it. And you shouldn't either.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Arnold Day on May 1, 2004
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What can one really add to the previous excellent reviews? So many great jazzmen died so young....Bix, Teschemacher, Fats, Parker, and "Jelly". How fortunate we are to have these final superb recordings by this flawed but incredible person.
The audio quality is excellent, so we are able to hear how his early recordings of some of his most well-known pieces should have sounded. Although in poor health at the time of these recordings, his playing is as exciting and inventive as ever. Truly one of jazz's giants.
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