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Jelly Roll Morton: 1926-1930

Remastered, Box Set

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Braggart, womaniser, sometime drunk, spendthrift......genius.Jelly Roll Morton had a lifestyle that would leave the most hedonistic of modern rock stars breathless. The difference, dare we say it, is that Morton was endowed with an almost limitless musical talent.So when he and his fellow musicians got into the studio they did what they were there for...they made music. No overdubs. No thirty minute star solos. No self-indulgent time-outs.And what a job they did! Seventy years after they were cut, these recordings will still impress you with their freshness and originality. If you're a fan, you'll know all this already.But fan or not, you're in for a revelation. Remastering that borders on the obsessive has released sounds not heard since these important recordings were first made.American musical history pure and simple. Unlike Mr Jelly Lord.

In both sound quality and price, England's JSP Records continues to put the American major labels to shame with their prewar jazz collections. Following superb multidisc releases of seminal recordings by Louis Armstrong and Django Reinhardt, JSP now offers this Jelly Roll Morton compendium, which includes all his Victor recordings from 1926 to 1930. Thanks to the work of remastering guru John R.T. Davies and a sinfully reasonable price, this five-disc collection far surpasses any U.S. release. The music is exuberant and evocative throughout, as Morton's substantial composing and arranging talents come into clear focus. He was able to maintain the joyous ensemble spirit of New Orleans jazz while continuing the music's evolution toward swing's sophistication. Focusing on Morton's Chicago prime, volume 1 is full of highlights, not just of this set, but of early jazz as a whole. Especially noteworthy is the trio date with the Dodds brothers, from June 1927, that yielded "The Pearls," "Wolverine Blues," and "Mr. Jelly Lord."

Volume 2 follows Morton to New York and features a few forceful piano solos, a strong session with trumpeter Red Allen and unsung clarinet player Albert Nicholas, plus a standout trio date with clarinetist Barney Bigard and drummer Zutty Singleton. Volume 3 is not as consistently brilliant, but offers some gems as well, including cuts with Nicholas and trumpeter Ward Pinkett on board from July 1930. The final two discs contain mostly alternative takes, but unfortunately, the masters of Morton's terrific New York session debut are for some reason buried at the end of disc four's alternates. It is, however, a tiny caveat considering the overall worth of this indispensable box. --Marc Greilsamer

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Black Bottom Stomp
  2. Smoke House Blues
  3. The Chant
  4. Sidewalk Blues
  5. Dead Man Blues
  6. Steamboat Stomp
  7. Someday Sweetheart
  8. Grandpa's Spells
  9. Original Jelly Roll Blues
  10. Doctor Jazz
  11. Cannonball Blues
  12. Hyena Stomp
  13. Billy Goat Stomp
  14. Wild Man Blues
  15. Jungle Blues
  16. Beale Street Blues
  17. The Pearls
  18. Wolverine Blues
  19. Mr. Jelly Lord

Disc: 2

  1. Red Hot Pepper
  2. Deep Creek
  3. Pep
  4. Seattle Hunch
  5. Frances (Fat Frances)
  6. Freakish
  7. Burnin' The Iceberg
  8. Courthouse Bump
  9. Pretty Lil
  10. Sweet Aneta Mine
  11. New Orleans Bump
  12. Down My Way
  13. Try Me Out
  14. Tank Town Bump
  15. Sweet Peter
  16. Jersey Joe
  17. Mississippi Mildred
  18. Mint Julep
  19. Smilin' The Blues Away
  20. Turtle Twist
  21. My Little Dixie Home
  22. That's Like It Ought To Be

Disc: 3

  1. Each Day
  2. If Somebody Would Only Love Me
  3. That'll Never Do
  4. I'm Looking For A Little Bluebird
  5. Little Lawrence
  6. Harmony Blues
  7. Fussy Mabel
  8. Ponchatrain
  9. Oil Well
  10. Load Of Coal (Load Of Cole)
  11. Crazy Chords
  12. Primrose Stomp
  13. Low Gravy
  14. Strokin' Away
  15. Blue Blood Blues
  16. Mushmouth Shuffle
  17. Gambling Jack
  18. Fickle Day Creep

Disc: 4

  1. The Chant
  2. Sidewalk Blues
  3. Dead Man Blues
  4. Someday Sweetheart
  5. Grandpa's Spells
  6. Original Jelly Roll Blues
  7. Cannonball Blues
  8. Hyena Stomp
  9. Billy Goat Stomp
  10. Wild Man Blues
  11. Jungle Blues
  12. Beale Street Blues
  13. The Pearls
  14. Wolverine Blues
  15. Georgia Swing
  16. Kansas City Stomps
  17. Shoe Shiner's Drag
  18. Boogaboo
  19. Shreveport
  20. Mournful Serenade

Disc: 5

  1. Shreveport
  2. Seattle Hunch
  3. Freakish
  4. Burnin' The Iceberg
  5. Courthouse Bump
  6. Pretty Lil
  7. Sweet Aneta Mine
  8. New Orleans Bump (Monrovia)
  9. Tank Town Bump
  10. Sweet Peter
  11. Jersey Joe
  12. Mississippi Mildred
  13. Each Day
  14. Oil Well
  15. Load Of Cole (Load Of Coal)
  16. Crazy Chords
  17. Primrose Stomp
  18. Strokin' Away
  19. Blue Blood Blues
  20. Gambling Jack

Product details

  • Audio CD (February 27, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • ASIN: B00004WK09
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,399 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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