Jelly Roll Morton

New Orleans Memories Plus Two

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This two-LP set (whose contents have been reissued in Mosaic's massive Complete Commodore Jazz Recordings series) contains New Orleans pioneer Jelly Roll Morton's final commercial recordings. Best are his ten piano solos, some of which he sings; "Winin' Boy Blues," "Don't You Leave Me Here," "The Crave" and "King Porter Stomp" are particularly memorable. The second half of this set has some interesting but nonessential band performances that also feature trumpeter Red Allen and clarinetist Albert Nicholas. Only the lone standard "Panama" and "Sweet Substitute" (the only one of the 11 Morton originals to catch on) are really that worthwhile. But this two-fer is worth picking up for the solo recordings.