Jelly Roll Morton: Creepy Feeling
Jelly Roll Morton (piano)
Winin’ Boy Blues: The Library of Congress Recordings, Volume 4 (Rounder 1094)
Jelly Roll Morton (piano).
Recorded: New York City, December 14, 1939
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
Morton always retained a pronounced aesthetic sense for the music he absorbed during his boyhood in New Orleans and his subsequent travels. Morton’s sensibility was never any keener than in the “Spanish tinge” that Morton distilled from Latin, Caribbean and Portuguese influences. Jelly Roll asserted to Alan Lomax that it was the “Spanish tinge” that separated jazz from ragtime. In effect, Morton understood that jazz drew from a wider swath of international influences than is widely acknowledged—even today. These influences were not occasional departures imposed upon jazz, but an integral part of the tradition that lay behind it.
Reviewer: Rob Bamberger
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