Jelly Roll Morton

Rarities, Vol. 2

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This LP gives Jelly Roll Morton collectors some of the odds and ends that they might have missed in only acquiring the Victor and Milestone releases. The legendary pianist/composer is heard in 1923 on two primitive numbers with a quintet, on the obscure "Soap Suds" in 1926, performing four hot numbers with cornetist Johnny Dunn's band in 1928, participating in his only recordings from the 1931-37 period (two songs with Wingy Manone in 1934), playing four superb piano solos in 1926 (including a definitive version of "King Porter Stomp"), and leading groups behind singers Edmonia Henderson in 1926 and Frances Hereford in 1928. This highly enjoyable set has more than its share of gems.