Jelly Roll Morton

1929-1930

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With the exception of two dates as a leader and the remainder of the Wilton Crawley set that closes this album, this disc has the final Jelly Roll Morton recordings before the Great Depression temporarily halted his recording career. The pianist-composer is heard backing singers Lizzie Miles and Billie Young on two songs apiece and interacting with the wild vaudevillian clarinetist Wilton Crawley on "Big Time Woman" and "I'm Her Papa, She's My Mama." The best all-round session has four numbers performed by the trio of Morton, clarinetist Barney Bigard, and drummer Zutty Singleton. Of the band sides (some of which are a bit undisciplined), highlights include "Little Lawrence," "Load of Coal" (with Cozy Cole on drums), and "Fussy Mabel," which has a classic solo from trumpeter Bubber Miley. Whether acquired in this series or on a five-CD Bluebird set, this music is highly enjoyable and often quite essential in appreciating 1920s jazz and the musical genius Jelly Roll Morton.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Lizzie Miles
3:25
2
feat: Lizzie Miles
3:00
3 2:51
4 3:04
5 2:52
6 2:52
7 2:50
8 3:32
9 2:49
10 2:46
11 2:50
12 3:24
13 3:12
14 2:49
15
feat: Billie Young
3:24
16
feat: Billie Young
3:11
17 2:35
18 2:53
19 2:50
20 2:56
21 3:18
22 3:21
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