Jelly Roll Morton: Original Jelly Roll Blues
Original Jelly Roll Blues
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, December 16, 1926
Rating: 88/100 (learn more)
Comparing Morton’s piano solo recording of the “Jelly Roll Blues” with this version by his Red Hot Peppers affords an opportunity to hear how Morton translated a piano composition into an ensemble format. Whether as a piano solo or band side, the "Jelly Roll Blues" is replete with choruses of what Morton described as the "Spanish tinge," inspired by the tangos he recalled from his New Orleans youth. This tune came to make such an impression that Shelton Brooks included a reference to it—"when they play those 'Jelly Roll Blues'"—in his lyrics to the "Darktown Strutters' Ball."
Reviewer: Rob Bamberger