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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.