Jelly Roll Morton: Black Bottom Stomp


Black Bottom Stomp


Jelly Roll Morton and His Red Hot Peppers


The Jelly Roll Morton Centennial --- His Complete Victor Recordings (RCA 078635236125)

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Jelly Roll Morton (piano), George Mitchell (cornet), Kid Ory (trombone), Omer Simeon (clarinet), Johnny St. Cyr (banjo), John Lindsay (bass), Andrew Hilaire (drums).

Composed by Jelly Roll Morton


Recorded: Chicago, September 15, 1926


Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

This recording was added to the Library of Congress National Sound Registry in 2006, and it sums up in three minutes the essence of New Orleans jazz—and what differentiates it from “Dixieland.” New Orleans style had, at its center, a reliance on ensemble polyphony. The instruments in the front line—trumpet, clarinet and trombone—have different but complementary functions that, in the hands of musicians skilled in the tradition, allow all three instruments to play simultaneously without creating a musical hash. Morton’s aesthetic is on display: By balancing the ensemble and the soloists, and peppering the performance with instrumental breaks, a stop-time passage and more, the “Black Bottom Stomp” takes on compositional form, but never at any sacrifice of the New Orleans spirit that lies at its heart.

Reviewer: Rob Bamberger

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  • 1 James Swift // Feb 26, 2008 at 02:21 AM
    Is this a Hot Jazz song or a sweet Jazz song
  • 2 Jared Sapaden // Sep 08, 2008 at 06:25 PM
    I love this Jazz Song