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Jelly Roll Morton - Complete Recorded Work, 1926-1930 Box set, Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (4 Sept. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Label: JSP
  • ASIN: B00004WK09
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,591 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Black Bottom Stomp
2. Smoke House Blues
3. The Chant
4. Sidewalk Blues
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Red Hot Pepper
2. Deep Creek
3. Pep
4. Seattle Hunch
See all 22 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Each Day
2. If Somebody Would Only Love Me
3. That'll Never Do
4. I'm Looking For A Little Bluebird
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. The Chant
2. Sidewalk Blues
3. Dead Man Blues
4. Someday Sweetheart
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 5
1. Shreveport
2. Seattle Hunch
3. Freakish
4. Burnin' The Iceberg
See all 20 tracks on this disc

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All available recorded work from the great jazz genius between 1926 and 1930. 99 tracks of pure joy on 5 CDs as a budget priced box set. Genuinely historic recordings of a truly breathtaking quality, never before heard outside the concert hall.

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Morton, born in 1890, was the first true jazz composer. His great talent lay in creating small-band music which sounded so natural that you could almost believe it had been improvised on the spot. But when you listen more closely, you realise that no band could ever improvise music as perfectly proportioned and well balanced as that. He created his music with the musicians around him, not like an architect planning a building, but like a gardener trimming and training naturally growing plants. This five-CD box contains everything Morton recorded at the peak of his career, between 1926 and 1930. The bulk of it is band music by his Red Hot Peppers, with a scattering of piano solos, trios, quartets and some larger ensembles. It took years for the producers to collect the best possible original copies, which were then remastered by John R. T. Davies, a world expert on the restoration of classic jazz. The result is almost certainly the best Morton edition ever produced--or likely to be. --Dave Gelly

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Les Drewitt on 28 Dec. 2005
Format: Audio CD
I have collected Jelly Roll Morton for many years and in several formats, from vinyl to cassette to CD, and this is the best album and the most comprehensive I have found to date.Many of the tracks in the album are already in my collection, but some of them were recorded at different sessions, or are different takes, and give a fresh perspective on a familiar theme.
Wild Man Blues in particular is a very clear recording, and has obviously been cleaned up and digitally enhanced to a sparkling quality, as have most of the tracks.
There are also a few tracks featuring a trio comprising J.R. Morton, Johnny Dodds and Baby Dodds that are surprisingly fresh and crisp.
The unusual sound of a violin in a jazz band,(played by Darnell Howard?) and the cornet of George Mitchell also make this a very collectable set of CDs.
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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful By D. Elliott TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Feb. 2001
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This boxed set of 5 CDs has to be "5-star" value. To collect all the numbers individually would, even if possible, be ridiculously expensive as the CDs include every surviving recording made by Jelly Roll Morton over the years 1926-1930. The CDs embrace alternate takes for many of the numbers and so allow listeners to compare different versions and to trace their development.
Jelly Roll Morton proclaimed himself to be the "inventor" of jazz and these CDs provide insight to his disciplined approach to recording sessions. Others have claimed to originate jazz, but the qualities demonstrated on these CDs suggest Jelly Roll Morton's self-representation may be correct. He was a great composer and the vast majority of the numbers on the CDs are his own - he was an inventive arranger as indicated by both ensemble playing and solo interjections, and different treatments with alternates on the CDs - and above all, he was clearly an inspirational bandleader as he surrounded himself with many of the best musicians of the day as described in the discographies.
The CD insert notes have a reasonable amount of background material, but about the various recordings there are detailed and informative comments. It is fascinating to listen to the numbers and read up the explanatory notes - though there is at least one error (Original Jelly Roll Blues), and some remarks are flagrantly subjective - but relevant.
If there is a problem it is that there is just too much, and many collectors and jazz lovers are likely to already have tracks on "compilation" recordings or "best of" selections.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By martin jones on 4 Oct. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Complete Recorded Works 1926-1930
Although praise is (rightly) heaped on Louis, his near contemporary Jelly Roll Morton is often mentioned in a slightly apologetic tone as if he is somehow in a different league to Armstrong. This is undoubtedly true when comparing performing talents (although Morton was a very fine pianist indeed). Jelly's true greatness lies in his band leading and arranging skills.

These discs contain a variety of styles of music, such as the sheer exuberance of the opening number (Black Bottom Stomp), the inanities of Billy Goat Stomp and little tone poems like "Mournful Serenade". Incidentally this last number is a pirated version of King Oliver's "Chimes Blues" but Morton's account is completely his own.

But above all I should mention "Deep Creek Blues". This is a profound, heartfelt blues drenched in sadness. I have never heard this number played by anyone else: indeed it seems impossible that anyone else could play it.

The remastering was done by the late John R T Davies. Need I say more on this score?

This box set thoroughly deserves five stars for everything: choice of material, performance and remastering.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Barry McCanna TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Mar. 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought the Bluebird centennial edition of the complete Victor recordings when it came out in 1990, but was always conscious of the fact that the remastering failed to do justice to the originals. Having now "upgraded" to JSP's boxed set I now realise just how much I'd been missing out on. It's true that the Bluebird embraces also Morton's 1939 recordings with his New Orleans Jazzmen, and that the presentation, which includes a 60-page liner booklet and discography is far superior, but that's a small price to pay for the increase in fidelity.

His Red Hot Peppers recordings are so breathtaking in their clarity, and in the skill of their orchestration, that it's easy to overlook the fact that this was a studio group. Morton knew exactly what he wanted, and was quite exceptional in that he insisted on rehearsing the scores before the band even ventured into the studio. The result was quite simply astonishing by comparison with the music being recorded by most of his contemporaries. Every track tells a story, sometimes quite literally, and this is music that speaks just as clearly now as it did when it was first recorded.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Williams on 3 Mar. 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Possibly the best compilation ever of Jelly Roll Morton's earlier recordings - and at a great price, too. Although I have most of these tracks and more on vinyl and enjoy that certain "character",(i.e. other noises!)this collection is wonderfully clear on CD and a good clean up has been done without, somehow any loss of colour and life. All in all, great.

Rod Williams, Cambridge.
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