Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Jelly Roll Morton
Jelly Roll Morton 123/24 (MCD-47018-2) - Classic Jazz
Jelly Roll Morton, piano; King Oliver, cornet; Tommy Ladnier, cornet; Roy Palmer, trombone; Wilson Townes, clarinet, alto saxophone; Charles Harris, alto saxophone; Boyd Senter, clarinet; Jasper Taylor, wood block; and others
Recorded 1923 - 1924
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Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton (1880s – July 10, 1941) was an American ragtime and early jazz pianist, bandleader and composer.
Widely recognized as a pivotal figure in early jazz, Morton claimed, in self-promotional hyperbole, to have invented jazz outright in 1902. Morton was the first serious composer of jazz, naming and popularizing the "Spanish tinge" of exotic rhythms and penning such standards as "Wolverine Blues", "Black Bottom Stomp", and "Buddy Bolden's Blues".