Jelly Roll Morton

The Best of Jelly Roll Morton: 1926-1939

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While the pundits may argue endlessly whether or not this 24-track collection is truly the best of Jelly Roll Morton, it does bring together a large chunk of the landmark recordings made with various units between 1926 and 1939. Starting off with a piano solo version of "King Porter Stomp," the next 16 tracks are all prime-period Red Hot Peppers material with "Sidewalk Blues," "Dead Man Blues," "Someday Sweetheart," "Jungle Blues," and "The Pearls" numbered among the highlights. This set also includes trio sides and a late track featuring Morton's New Orleans Jazzmen with Sidney Bechet in the lineup. A wonderful introduction to this man's genius.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:51
2 3:10
3 3:06
4 3:27
5 3:12
6 3:05
7 3:29
8 2:52
9 3:05
10 3:22
11 3:32
12 3:05
13 3:25
14 3:00
15 3:28
16 3:14
17 3:24
18 3:15
19 2:51
20 2:27
21 2:52
22 3:18
23 2:47
24 2:48
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