Jelly Roll Morton

Jelly Roll Morton, Vol. 2: The Red Hot Peppers (Chicago)

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These classic tracks, recorded between 1926-1928 in Chicago and New York for RCA Victor, feature some of the brightest ensemble playing of Morton's career. All selections are credited to Jelly Roll Morton & the Red Hot Peppers, except for "Ham and Eggs" and "Buffalo Blues" by Johnny Dunn & His Original Jazz Hounds. Unfortunately, due to a combination of economic hardship, unlucky timing (of which Morton would be a victim all his life), and geographical disputes, Morton couldn't keep a touring band together for any length of time, using pickup musicians at various gigs. However, these recordings of the Red Hot Peppers feature the best of the New Orleans jazzmen, including Kid Ory, Omer Simeon, Johnny St. Cyr, Barney Bigard, Johnny Dodds, and Baby Dodds. Essential!

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