Jelly Roll Morton: Doctor Jazz - His 51 Finest (1923-1940) | Retrospective RTS4376

Jelly Roll Morton: Doctor Jazz - His 51 Finest (1923-1940)

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Label: Retrospective

Cat No: RTS4376

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Jazz

Release Date: 2nd October 2020

Contents

Artists

Jelly Roll Morton (piano, piano roll, vocals)
Johnny Dodds (clarinet)
Baby Dodds (drums)
Jelly Roll Morton & his Trio
Jelly Roll Morton & his Red Hot Peppers
Jelly Roll Morton & his Orchestra
Jelly Roll Morton & his New Orleans Jazzmen
Jelly Roll Morton & his Hot Seven

Artists

Jelly Roll Morton (piano, piano roll, vocals)
Johnny Dodds (clarinet)
Baby Dodds (drums)
Jelly Roll Morton & his Trio
Jelly Roll Morton & his Red Hot Peppers
Jelly Roll Morton & his Orchestra
Jelly Roll Morton & his New Orleans Jazzmen
Jelly Roll Morton & his Hot Seven

About

The Creole genius Jelly Roll Morton (1890-1941) claimed to have invented jazz – and that wasn’t far from the truth! The virtuoso pianist and bandleader was indeed a pivotal figure right there at the start and is recognized as the first genuine jazz composer and one of the form’s most brilliant innovators. His written arrangements demonstrated that the improvisatory spirit of jazz could be harnessed in new, exciting ways. Retrospective’s Doctor Jazz offers a unique double-CD survey of his very finest work, from his first session in 1923 (Big Fat Ham) to his last band date in 1940 (Dirty, Dirty, Dirty). There are no fewer than 24 tracks with his Red Hot Peppers, hailed as “a triumphant fusion of composition and improvisation” (Gunther Schuller) – all-time great classics such as Black Bottom Stomp, The Chant, Grandpa’s Spells, The Pearls and, of course, Doctor Jazz. Morton was perhaps the first truly great jazz pianist, and six solo performances are featured, including Freakish, King Porter Stomp and the poignant Mamie’s Blues, one of seven distinctive Jelly Roll vocals. Others include Buddy Bolden’s Blues and Sweet Substitute. Outstanding too are trio performances with clarinettists Johnny Dodds (Wolverine Blues), Omer Simeon (Mournful Serenade) and Barney Bigard (Turtle Twist). Indeed, Jelly Roll’s musical colleagues featured here include such jazz masters as Sidney Bechet, Henry Red Allen, Albert Nicholas and many others. No jazz collection can be complete without these timeless classics from “Doctor Jazz” – “He’s got what I need, I’ll say he has”.

CD 1 (1923-1928)
1. Doctor Jazz
2. Big Fat Ham
3. Shreveport Stomp
4. Black Bottom Stomp
5. Smokehouse Blues
6. The Chant
7. Sidewalk Blues
8. Dead Man Blues
9. Steamboat Stomp
10. Grandpa’s Spells
11. The Original Jelly Roll Blues
12. Cannon Ball Blues
13. Wild Man Blues
14. Jungle Blues
15. Beale Street Blues
16. The Pearls
17. Wolverine Blues
18. Mister Jelly Lord
19. Georgia Swing
20. Shoe Shiner’s Drag
21. Kansas City Stomps
22. Mournful Serenade
23. Shreveport
24. Deep Creek

CD 2 (1929-1940)
1. Pep
2. Seattle Hunch
3. Freakish
4. Burnin’ the Iceberg
5. New Orleans Bump
6. Tank Town Bump
7. Sweet Peter
8. Mississippi Mildred
9. Smilin’ the Blues Away
10. Turtle Twist
11. Each Day
12. Little Lawrence
13. Harmony Blues
14. Load of Coal
15. Low Gravy
16. Strokin’ Away
17. Blue Blood Blues
18. Gambling Jack
19. Buddy Bolden’s Blues
20. High Society
21. Winin’ Boy Blues
22. Ballin’ the Jack
23. King Porter Stomp
24. Mamie’s Blues
25. Panama
26. Sweet Substitute
27. Dirty, Dirty, Dirty

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