Jelly Roll Morton - The Complete Library of Congress Recordings [8CD Box Set] (2005)
8CD | EAC-Rip | FLAC-tracks +cue +log +NO COVERS | September 27, 2005 | 1.47 Gb
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Rounder Records | Hotfile, Fileserve
When folklorist Alan Lomax made these epic 1938 recordings of Jelly Roll Morton's reminiscences and piano playing, he was creating the first great oral documentation of early jazz. This material has never been issued with the care, sensitivity and completeness that it gets here, with the complete interviews and musical performances sequenced over seven CDs in the order in which they took place. Morton was almost as great a raconteur as he was a musician, and his accounts of New Orleans in the early years of the 20th century–from bordellos to riots to funeral parades–are vivid, bawdy, and sometimes hilarious. His accounts of the music and his performances, from "King Porter Stomp" to the lengthy "Murder Ballad," provide a brilliant window on the mechanics and progress of jazz in its earliest years.