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5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Jazz
This set demonstrates that Morton knew exactly what sound he wanted from his musicians, and his own playing underpins the proceedings. The earliest side is an acoustic recording dating from 1923 but, unlike the polyphonic sound of other contemporary recordings, here the strands of the music are laid out deliberately for close inspection. That is but a foretaste of what...
Published on 27 Jun. 2007 by Barry McCanna

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3.0 out of 5 stars Bargain
Excellent Value.A selection of some of the greatest Jazz records all in one neat package. I still have A 10" LP With the Red Hot Peppers Tracks. One major complaint not enough information. Cheers Gordon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Jazz, 27 Jun. 2007
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Barry McCanna (Normandy, France) - See all my reviews
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This set demonstrates that Morton knew exactly what sound he wanted from his musicians, and his own playing underpins the proceedings. The earliest side is an acoustic recording dating from 1923 but, unlike the polyphonic sound of other contemporary recordings, here the strands of the music are laid out deliberately for close inspection. That is but a foretaste of what follows, for the Red Hot Peppers sides leap out at the listener, demanding attention as solo piles upon solo, painting a brilliant canvas of sound in primary colours. We may regret that only two piano solos are included, but the two rare Levee Serenaders sides are to be welcomed, despite the less focussed quality of the recordings. By the late thirties Morton's career was in decline, but happily he had an opportunity to record some classic numbers with his New Orleans Jazzmen, four of which are included here. His final studio recordings with his "Six" and "Seven" are far less orchestrated than anything that had gone before, almost as if the group had merely come together for a jam session, and Red Allen's lead on "Panama" provides a fitting conclusion to this superb collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jelly Roll Morton, 14 April 2009
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James Stagg (oxford uk) - See all my reviews
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As an intro to the work of Jelly Roll Morton, this is as good as any. High quality recordings of one of the masters of jazz at a very reasonable price. Try listening to 'Dr Jazz' and sitting perfectly still. Impossible!! Highly recommended stuff.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bargain, 12 Jun. 2010
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Buddy "Jazzman" (Stockton-on-Tees. U.K.) - See all my reviews
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Excellent Value.A selection of some of the greatest Jazz records all in one neat package. I still have A 10" LP With the Red Hot Peppers Tracks. One major complaint not enough information. Cheers Gordon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 13 Aug. 2014
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I love this album!! Having just got into trad jazz this year this is an amazing album- buy it
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4.0 out of 5 stars Old Original Entertaining, 16 Jan. 2015
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Very old - original in every sense jazz as it was created
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star, 5 Oct. 2014
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J. A. Teare "jimbo" (isle of man) - See all my reviews
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did nt like the cd
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jelly Roll Morton - Essential Collection, 18 April 2012
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This is a great collection to get to know his well known work-as a fan learning about jazz this was a great purchase at a reasonable price
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4.0 out of 5 stars To cheer my father up, 6 July 2013
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He certainly appreciated it, but as it was a gift I didn't listen to it first. He said it brought back good memories and he is enjoying this and Fats Waller that I got for him recently
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