Learn more Download now Shop now Browse your favorite restaurants Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Learn More Shop now Learn more Shop Fire Shop Kindle Amazon Music Unlimited for Family Shop now Shop now Learn more

Customer reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
Jelly Roll Morton - Complete Recorded Work, 1926-1930
Format: Audio CD|Change
Price:£18.10+ Free shipping with Amazon Prime

on 23 September 2017
A wonderful set of recordings of the complete works of Jelly Roll Morton during the relevant years. Very interesting to hear the alternative takes of some very well known tracks. Sound quality excellent.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 2 February 2018
This was a great gift for my partner who had lost some recordings
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 7 March 2010
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.
0Comment| 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 12 February 2018
As expected - excellent! Great music and unbelievable sound.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 5 February 2014
When you think how old the original recordings are, the re-mastered sound on these discs is astounding. And the music is quite delightful, very often understated but full of character. I'm so glad to have this box-set in my collection.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 11 March 2015
Present for husband and he is pleased with the recording.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 21 July 2015
excellent tracks
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 4 October 2008
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.
0Comment| 22 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
VINE VOICETOP 1000 REVIEWERon 19 February 2001
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. Some of the recordings appear elsewhere with other names (example : Johnny Dodds) though most are Jelly Roll Morton with his Red Hot Peppers, or his Orchestra, or various Trios and other offshoots of his main groups. The real value of jazz is not in documentation but in personal experience - just as well as there are 99 tracks to comment on - but too much is hardly a criticism. As well as a "5-star" value this boxed set is a "5-star" collectors item from Jelly Roll Morton's triumphal days of traditional jazz.
0Comment| 73 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 5 July 2011
I have for a long time enjoyed the style of Jelly Roll Morton. This package came as a gift from above. We put it on and we were rocking and realing over our breakfast. Really good booklet with it too. Just like to play the CD's and listen to the beginnings of all that came after this truly enjoyable music.
0Comment| 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse

Need customer service? Click here

Sponsored Links

  (What is this?)