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)
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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