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Piano Rolls

Jelly Roll MortonAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 27, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B000005J3E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,503 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Just like he did with Gershwin, pianist/scholar Artis Wodehouse has taken Jelly Roll's player-piano rolls and put them through a Synclavier. The result: a unique opportunity to hear the Father of Jazz play his finest compositions in high fidelity!

In the same period that Jelly Roll Morton began making acoustic recordings of his piano solos, he was also making piano rolls of his strongest material. This CD presents piano rolls that Morton made in 1924, and producer Artis Wodehouse has done a remarkable job of recording them, capturing them with a convincingly live resonance. Morton was keenly aware of studio technology, and it's fascinating to hear him exploit the extended playing time that the piano rolls provided him. Several of these pieces stretch past four minutes, and tracks like "Stratford Hunch" and "Dead Man Blues" allow Morton to extend his variations further than recording allowed, providing another opportunity to hear Morton's innovative synthesis of ragtime, blues, and spontaneous inspiration. The piano sound compares favorably with even well-restored versions of Morton's contemporaneous acoustic recordings for Gennett, with brighter highs and firmer bass notes. --Stuart Broomer

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic re-recording!! November 11, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I am very familiar with these Morton piano rolls from their previous incarnations on Biograph, Pianola, and other indie jazz labels, and so am well aware of their assets and limitations. On one LP transfer, "Grandpa's Spells" sounded very natural and fluid, but there was no pedal used and so the thumping bass notes sounded odd and hollow. On the Biograph CD, "Shreveport Stomp" came out very well but, again, no pedal...and Morton was a master of pedal effects.

On this CD, Odis Wodehouse (I wonder if she's any relation to 1920s author P.G. Wodehouse??) has done a remarkable job of emulating Morton's touch, dynamics and pedal effects. Often I caught my breath listening, the immediacy of Morton's presence was so strong! Each and evry track sounds perfectly natural, and the wonderful presence makes every fingering detail stand out.

And what's so wrong about listening to Morton on a Steinway grand??? That's what he played at the Library of Congress in 1938, and no one has complained about those discs!!
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really satisfactory October 13, 2001
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The trouble with these rolls is that they were recorded in the cheaper way, without any dynamics, unlike the expensive rolls by Rachmaninoff and other classical pianists. Ms Wodehouse has attempted to supply the missing dynamics, but the result doesn't sound at all like Morton's playing as you can hear it on the JSP set or the Lomax recordings. It is more like, perhaps, Dick Hyman playing Morton's music. Also, a big concert grand doesn't seem very suitable for this music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars To hear Morton play in such clarity is a gift. May 25, 2014
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What more could you ask for than to hear 'Jelly Roll' Morton himself playing the piano, sounding so clear that you would think he was in your living room? I can't say anything more suitable than that. Buy this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recomendo September 2, 2007
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Uma das figuras mais geniais e polêmicas da história do jazz foi Jelly Roll Morton, considerado por vários estudiosos o primeiro compositor do jazz. Morton, um mulato de New Orleans que se considerava branco descendente de franceses, iniciou a carreira tocando em bordéis e esteve em quase todas as cidades onde se podia ganhar algum dinheiro tocando jazz. Costumava se apresentar com um cartão onde constava a inscrição "inventor do jazz". Se ele realmente acreditava nisso ou estava apenas brincando, nunca vamos saber. O fato é que Morton foi o primeiro músico a conseguir colocar na partitura alguns dos principais elementos musicais que realmente diferenciavam o jazz de seus ancestrais: spirituals, blues e ragtime. Para aqueles que não apreciam gravações repletas de estalidos e chiados, o disco abaixo traz registros feitos em 1924 em rolos de pianola cujo tratamento técnico torna a audição agradável até para as orelhas mais exigentes. Um prato cheio para os estudiosos do jazz.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars September 28, 2014
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