Pioneer of Jazz 1923-1939

Pioneer of Jazz 1923-1939

by Jelly Roll Morton



This collection of Jelly Roll Morton classics is exactly that: the prime cuts from his later years (many of his performances after 1929 were spotty, at best). Jazz journalist Scott Yanow compiled this set for Allegro and writes an essay that perfectly describes the settings in which Morton found himself for these sessions. While the liner notes are well done and complete lineup information (this was an era in which Morton played with everyone from Kid Ory and Barney Bigard to Albert Nicholas and Ward Pinkett) is given in the track listing, one sore point of this reissue is that nowhere on the collection is label information presented. Morton re-recorded material often and it would be helpful to know from which label these versions of "Black Bottom Stomp" or "Dead Man Blues" or "Buddy Bolden Blues" appeared. As for fidelity, there are better collections (such as the Contemporary Classics series), but there is no single-disc collection like this anywhere else. This is a unique compilation of stellar performances for a decent price, a good beginning for the uninitiated (although the RCA material might serve better), and a hits set for the fan that has everything but something like this.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/06/2003
Label: Jazz Legends
UPC: 0723724546622
catalogNumber: 1009

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jelly Roll Morton   Primary Artist,Piano
Sidney DeParis   Trumpet
Johnny Dodds   Clarinet
Albert Nicholas   Clarinet
Kid Ory   Trombone
Zutty Singleton   Drums
Paul Barnes   Soprano Saxophone
Russell Procope   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Johnny St. Cyr   Banjo,Guitar
Bubber Miley   Trumpet
Wellman Braud   Bass
Bernard Addison   Guitar
Barney Alexander   Banjo
Baby Dodds   Drums
George Baquet   Clarinet
Sidney Bechet   Soprano Saxophone
Bill Benford   Tuba
Tommy Benford   Drums
Barney Bigard   Clarinet
Clarence Black   Violin
Lee Blair   Banjo
Pete Briggs   Tuba
Happy Caldwell   Tenor Saxophone
Geechie Fields   Trombone
Andrew Hilaire   Drums
Howard Hill   Guitar
Darnell Howard   Clarinet
Charlie Irvis   Trombone
Manzie Johnson   Drums
Claude Jones   Trombone
John Lindsay   Bass
Lawrence Lucie   Guitar
Ward Pinkett   Trumpet
Harry Prather   Tuba
Gerald Reeves   Trombone
Bud Scott   Guitar
Omer Simeon   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
J. Wright Smith   Violin
Edwin Swayzee   Trumpet
Walter Thomas   Alto Saxophone
Quinn Wilson   Tuba
Wilbur De Paris   Trombone
Stump Evans   Alto Saxophone
William Laws   Drums
David Richard   Trumpet
Fred Robinson   Trombone
Ed Anderson   Trumpet
William Cato   Trombone
George Mitchell   Cornet
Joe "Cornbread" Thomas   Tenor Saxophone
William Moore   Tuba

Technical Credits

Jelly Roll Morton   Composer
King Oliver   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
J. Oliver   Composer
Scott Yanow   Liner Notes
Walter Melrose   Composer
Benjamin Franklin Spikes   Composer
John Spikes   Composer
Anita Gonzales   Composer

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