Jelly Roll Morton

Kansas City Stomp: The Library of Congress Recordings, Vol. 1

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Pianist/composer Jelly Roll Morton, one of the pioneers of New Orleans jazz, was down and out in 1938 when Alan Lomax found him playing in a Washington D.C. dive. Lomax, realizing that Morton had seen and heard many timeless incidents that would otherwise be forgotten, started interviewing him for the Library of Congress on a wire recorder. Released originally on eight LPs, these discussions found Morton talking about the old days and peppering his talk with piano solos. Rounder has reissued all of the music (and done a fine job of correcting the speed) on four CDs but unfortunately decided to leave out Morton's often-fascinating monologues. This first CD has many strong moments including Morton's demonstration of the piano styles of many forgotten players, his depiction of a New Orleans funeral, his famous demonstration of how "Tiger Rag" evolved from being a quadrille into becoming jazz and comparisons of "Maple Leaf Rag" as played as ragtime and the way Morton preferred it.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 1:35
2 1:26
3 3:17
4 0:38
5 1:02
6 1:04
7 0:51
8 1:11
9 0:47
10
3:27
11
2:38
12 3:43
13 1:25
14 1:04
15 1:09
16
0:46
17 2:19
18 1:52
19 0:39
20 1:07
21 2:38
22 1:00
23 2:17
24 1:40
25 1:26
26 1:10
27 0:59
28 1:43 Amazon
29 2:02
30 4:35
31 3:58
32
0:52
33 1:21
34 0:41
35 2:40
36 2:59
37 3:59
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