Oh, Mister Jelly!

Jelly Roll Morton

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Oh, Mister Jelly! Review

by Thom Jurek

This massive 25-track single-disc compilation of work by Jelly Roll Morton was assembled with an ear toward presenting the innovator in all of his periods as well as in many of his settings from soloist to accompanist and bandleader. To that end, Mike Pointon's Oh Mister Jelly! fires on all cylinders. His liner notes give us a solid foundation for his thoughts and why he considered certain selections important even if the choices are not always obvious. Throughout we get Morton playing alone and also leading his trio, his orchestra, his Red Hot Peppers, his New Orleans Jazzmen, and his Jelly Roll Morton Seven to be sure. But there are other moments, including his accompanying Lizzie Miles on "I Hate a Man Like You" and playing with King Oliver, the Levee Serenaders, and Wingy Manone & His Orchestra. The tunes range from obvious selections such as “Mr. Jelly Lord” and “Shreveport Stomp” to “The Chant,” “Winin' Boy Blues,” and “My Home Is a Southern Town.” Given the budget price and sound that ranges from fair to very good, this is a nice little comp to check out as an entry into the world of the man who is said by some to have invented jazz.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Jelly Roll Morton feat: Jelly Roll Morton & His Orchestra 02:50 Amazon
2 Jelly Roll Morton 02:46 Amazon
3 Jelly Roll Morton feat: King Oliver 02:44 Amazon
4 Jelly Roll Morton feat: Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers 03:13 Amazon
5 Jelly Roll Morton feat: Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers 03:27 Amazon
6 Jelly Roll Morton feat: Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers 03:16 Amazon
7 Jelly Roll Morton feat: Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers 03:08 Amazon
8 Jelly Roll Morton feat: Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers 03:28 Amazon
9 Jelly Roll Morton feat: Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers 03:29 Amazon
10 Jelly Roll Morton feat: The Levee Serenaders 03:02 Amazon
11 Jelly Roll Morton feat: Jelly Roll Morton & His Red Hot Peppers 03:23 Amazon
12 Jelly Roll Morton feat: Jelly Roll Morton Trio 03:21 Amazon
13 Jelly Roll Morton feat: Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers 02:46 Amazon
14 Jelly Roll Morton feat: Lizzie Miles 03:26 Amazon
15 Jelly Roll Morton feat: Jelly Roll Morton Trio 02:56 Amazon
16 Jelly Roll Morton feat: Jelly Roll Morton & His Red Hot Peppers 03:28 Amazon
17 Jelly Roll Morton feat: Jelly Roll Morton & His Red Hot Peppers 02:57 Amazon
18 Jelly Roll Morton feat: Jelly Roll Morton & His Red Hot Peppers 03:05 Amazon
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Jelly Roll Morton feat: Wingy Manone & His Orchestra 03:04 Amazon
20 Jelly Roll Morton feat: Jelly Roll Morton's New Orleans Jazzmen 02:52 Amazon
21 Jelly Roll Morton feat: Jelly Roll Morton's New Orleans Jazzmen 03:13 Amazon
22 Jelly Roll Morton 02:56 Amazon
23 Jelly Roll Morton 02:50 Amazon
24 Jelly Roll Morton feat: Jelly Roll Morton's Six/Seven 02:57 Amazon
25 Jelly Roll Morton feat: Jelly Roll Morton's Six/Seven 02:46 Amazon
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