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)

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

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

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