The Complete Library of Congress Recordings

Jelly Roll Morton

The Complete Library of Congress Recordings
  • CAT # 11661-1888-2

    DISC ONE  
    1. I'm Alabama Bound 4:03
    2. Time in Mobile 4:13
    3. King Porter Stomp 4:06
    4. The Story of "King Porter Stomp" 3:53
    5. Jelly Roll's Background 4:22
    6. Music Lessons 4:05
    7. Miserere 4:05
    8. The Stomping Grounds 4:15
    9. The Style of Sammy Davis 4:17
    10. Tony Jackson was the Favorite / Dope, Crown, and Opium 4:00
    11. Poor Alfred Wilson 4:02
    12. Honky Tonk Blues / In New Orleans, Anyone Could Carry a Gun 4:20
    13. New Orleans was a Free and Easy Place 4:06
    14. The Story of Aaron Harris 4:06
    DISC TWO  
    1. The Story of Aaron Harris, continued / Aaron Harris Blues 4:05
    2. Aaron Harris, His Hoodoo Woman, and the Hat That Started a Riot 4:10
    3. The Story of the 1900 New Orleans Riot and the Song of Robert Charles 4:04
    4. The Story of the 1900 New Orleans Riot, continued 4:04
    5. Game Kid Blues 3:57
    6. New Orleans Funerals 4:17
    7. Funeral Marches 4:11
    8. Oh! Didn't He Ramble 4:07
    9. Tiger Rag, third, fourth, and fifth strains 4:02
    10. Tiger Rag / Panama 4:02
    11. The Right Tempo is the Accurate Tempo 4:39
    12. Jazz Discords and Story of the Kansas City Stomp 4:31
    13. Kansas City Stomp, continued 4:34
    14. Slow Swing and "Sweet Jazz Music" 4:32
    15. Salty Dog / Bill Johnson, Jelly's Brother-in-Law 4:22
    16. Hesitation Blues 4:30
    DISC THREE  
    1. My Gal Sal 3:51
    2. The St. Louis Scene 4:09
    3. Maple Leaf Rag, St. Louis style / Maple Leaf Rag, New Orleans style 4:19
    4. Jelly Roll Carves St. Louis 4:19
    5. Jelly Roll Carves St. Louis, continued 4:23
    6. New Orleans Blues 3:58
    7. Winin' Boy Blues 3:45
    8. Winin' Boy Blues, continued 4:24
    9. The Anamule Dance 3:46
    10. The Anamule Dance, continued 4:19
    11. The Great Buddy Bolden / Buddy Bilden's Blues 4:11
    12. The Great Buddy Bolden, continued 4:11
    13. Mr. Jelly Lord 4:09
    14. How Jelly Roll Got His Name 4:14
    15. Original Jelly Roll Blues 4:09
    16. Honky Tonk Blues 4:07
    DISC FOUR  
    1. Real Tough Boys 4:31
    2. Sporting Attire and Shooting the Agate 4:33
    3. Sweet Mamas and Sweet Papas 4:20
    4. See See Rider 4:24
    5. Parading with the Broadway Swells 4:22
    6. Fights and Weapons 4:27
    7. Luis Russell and New Orleans Riffs 4:25
    8. Jelly's Travels: From Yazoo to Clarksdale 4:14
    9. Jelly's Travels: From Clarksdale to Helena 4:34
    10. Jelly's Travels: From Helena to Memphis 4:23
    11. In Memphis: The Monarch Saloon and Benny Frenchy 4:24
    12. Benny Frenchy's Tune, continued 4:23
    13. Make Me a Pallet on the Floor 4:15
    14. Make Me a Pallet on the Floor, continued 4:14
    15. Make Me a Pallet on the Floor, part 3 4:14
    16. Make Me a Pallet on the Floor, concluded 4:35
    DISC FIVE  
    1. The Dirty Dozen 4:30
    2. The Murder Ballad, part 1 4:05
    3. The Murder Ballad, part 2 4:17
    4. The Murder Ballad, part 3 4:29
    5. The Murder Ballad, part 4 4:19
    6. The Murder Ballad, part 5 4:15
    7. The Murder Ballad, part 6 4:29
    8. The Murder Ballad, part 7 4:32
    9. Fickle Fay Creep 3:17
    10. Jungle Blues 3:43
    11. King Porter Stomp 2:55
    12. Sweet Peter 3:04
    13. Hyena Stomp 3:32
    14. Wolverine Blues, begun 3:45
    15. Wolverine Blues, concluded 4:04
    16. State And Madison 3:48
    17. The Pearls, begun 3:28
    18. The Pearls, concluded 3:35
    DISC SIX  
    1. Bert Williams 3:41
    2. Freakish 3:59
    3. Pep 3:32
    4. The Georgia Skin Game 3:54
    5. The Georgia Skin Game, continued 3:03
    6. The Georgia Skin Game, conclusion 3:19
    7. Ungai Hai 4:09
    8. New Orleans Blues 4:07
    9. The Spanish Tinge 4:13
    10. Improving Spanish Tempos 4:06
    11. Creepy Feeling, concluded 4:28
    12. The Crave 4:37
    13. Mamanita 4:12
    14. C'était N'aut' Can-Can, Payez Donc 4:21
    15. Spanish Swat 4:21
    16. Ain't Misbehavin' 4:11
    17. I Hate a Man Like You / Rolling Stuff 4:11
    18. Michigan Water Blues 3:51
    DISC SEVEN  
    3. Boogie Woogie Blues 4:21
    4. Buddy Bertrand's Blues, continued / Mamie's Blues 4:25
    5. When the Hot Stuff Came In 8:40
    6. The First Hot Arrangements 9:00
    7. The Pensacola Kid and the Cadillac Café 7:57
    8. At the Cadillac Café, Los Angeles 9:54
    9. Little Liza Jane, continued / On the West Coast 9:45
    10. In the Publishing Business 8:50
    DISC EIGHT  
    1. Original Jelly Roll Blues 1:51
    2. Jelly Roll's Early Playing Days in the District 1:22
    3. Hot Bands and Creole Tunes 4:29
    4. Eh, La Bas 2:02
    5. Old-Time Creole Musicians and the French Element 3:32
    6. Playing Hot with Buddy Bolden 3:17
    7. High Society 2:15
    8. Sporting Life Costumes 1:38
    9. Buddy Bolden: Man and Musician 2:23
    10. Creoles Playing with Negroes: Getting that Drive 4:28
    11. Jelly Roll's Compositions 3:22
    12. How Johnny St. Cyr Learned to Play Guitar 2:20
    13. Guitar Blues 2:17
    14. Bad Men and Pimps 3:38
    15. The Story of the Coon Blues 1:33
    16. Coon Blues 2:22
    17. Jazz is Just a Makeup: Buddy Bolden, Honky Tonks, Brass Band Funerals, and Parades 5:25
    18. Young Sidney Bechet: Jim Crow and the Dangers of the District 3:40
    19. The Main Idea in Jazz: "Just Watch Me" - Improvising and Reading Music 3:23
    20. Of All His Mother's Children He Loved Jelly the Best 6:17

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The stories and songs on these recordings are a document of the big bang of jazz music at the dawn of the 20th Century.

New Orleans composer, pianist and pool shark Jelly Roll Morton was one of the key figures in the creation of jazz. Alan Lomax was the visionary folklorist who created a legacy that illuminated roots music sounds from around the world. Together, in 1938 at the Library of Congress, they made these groundbreaking recordings - the first recorded oral history in jazz.

Jelly Roll's earthy and remarkably detailed stories of the milieu that surrounded the formation of jazz music are punctuated with his musical illustrations and stunning solo piano versions of his best-known compositions. The dandies, piano players, prostitutes, hustlers and musical legends that populated Jelly Roll's world are brought to life in this riveting narrative, an essential document of American culture.

A Document of the Big Bang of Jazz!

* The first complete and unexpurgated release of the 1938 Library of Congress recordings, on 7 compact discs, plus a bonus disc of interviews of Jelly Roll Morton's peers by Alan Lomax
* Remastered from the original acetate discs at the Library of Congress using Sony Direct Stream Digital technology, and restored using the Cedar Cambridge(TM) system.
* Includes Alan Lomax's acclaimed biography, Mister Jelly Roll, plus a new 80-page book with an appreciation by John Szwed and many rare photographs.
* Expanded liner notes and new comprehensive transcription, with Alan Lomax's hand-written annotations, included as an Adobe PDF document.

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