Jelly Roll Morton

The Essential Collection

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The early works of Jelly Roll Morton have been reissued ad infinitum, most prominently by the Smithsonian Institution and Rounder Records, respectively. This double CD contains a large chunk of the group recordings from Morton as a leader, including many of the tunes that made him the godfather of early vintage jazz. Principal among the some 50 tracks are those with his Red Hot Peppers, along with a smattering from his legitimate Orchestra, his Seven, his Levee Serenaders, his New Orleans Jazzmen, and the St. Louis Levee Band. The sound quality is very good except for the first two tracks, the thinly produced "London Blues" and "Soap Suds." Otherwise, this enjoyable compilation pretty much lives up to the title of "Essential" for this part of Morton's career.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
3:10 Spotify
2
2:55 Spotify
3
3:14 Spotify
4 3:29 Spotify
5 3:14 Spotify
6
3:31 Spotify
7
3:24 Spotify
8 3:10 Spotify
9
2:58 Spotify
10 3:09 Spotify
11
3:29 Spotify
12
2:56 Spotify
13
3:14 Spotify
14
3:34 Spotify
15
3:11 Spotify
16
3:29 Spotify
17
3:18 Spotify
18
3:30 Spotify
19
2:51 Spotify
20
3:03 Spotify
21
2:33 Spotify
22
2:58 Spotify
23
3:27 Spotify
24
3:23 Spotify

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
3:20 Spotify
2
3:34 Spotify
3
3:34 Spotify
4
3:11 Spotify
5
2:56 Spotify
6
3:05 Spotify
7
3:04 Spotify
8
3:17 Spotify
9
2:47 Spotify
10
3:36 Spotify
11
2:55 Spotify
12
2:30 Spotify
13
3:20 Spotify
14
3:03 Spotify
15 2:56 Spotify
16
3:10 Spotify
17
3:20 Spotify
18
2:57 Spotify
19
2:48 Spotify
20
3:07 Spotify
21
2:30 Spotify
22
2:39 Spotify
23
2:58 Spotify
24
2:21 Spotify
25 2:59 Spotify
26
2:33 Spotify
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