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Complete Morton #32 – Winin’ Boy Blues / Burnin’ The Iceberg

Today’s first selection in the Morton project is the immortal “Winin’ Boy Blues,” one of Morton’s most famous tunes.  It’s named after his youthful nickname “Windin’ Ball” which was evidently a reference to his prowess in bed…no comment!  Anyhow, it’s a great bluesy tune and has VERY dirty lyrics which we have not included.  It […]

Complete Morton Project #31 – Sweet Substitute / If You Knew

Today’s entry in the Complete Morton Project features two tunes from Jelly’s 1940 session for General Records, his last band recordings.  “Sweet Substitute” is a great bluesy tune, which features one of Red Allen’s best trumpet solos on the original recording.  There’s a great interview with Albert Nicholas, the clarinetist on the original, about the […]

Complete Morton Project #29 – Pretty Lil / Primrose Stomp

This week’s Jelly Roll Morton selections are two nice stomps (both in the key of C, incidentally) from his middle band period in the late 20s.  The first is “Pretty Lil,” which evidently may have been dedicated to Lil Hardin Armstrong, Louis Armstrong’s first wife, though I now can’t seem to find any substantiating evidence […]

Complete Morton Project #28 – Fussy Mabel / If Someone Would Only Love Me

In week 23 of the Complete Morton Project we featured one of Jelly’s tunes dedicated to his off and on partner Anita Gonzalez, and for contrast this week here’s one he wrote for his wife Mabel, who he was married to during his New York years.  It’s a peppy tune with some nice sections, actually […]

Complete Morton #27 – Georgia Swing / Get The Bucket

Today’s entry into the Complete Morton Project starts off with one of Morton’s 1927 band tunes, “Georgia Swing.” This was recorded right after his move from Chicago to New York and the original record features a tuba for the first time in the Red Hot Peppers discography.  It’s an interesting shift towards the more popular […]

Complete Morton #25 – Seattle Hunch / Muddy Water Blues

For this week’s Jelly Roll Morton selections, we start off with the final of his four 1929 solo tunes for you, “Seattle Hunch.”  This was an interesting recording session which yielded some unfortunately sloppy performances of four great tunes (in addition to this one, there’s “Freakish,” “Pep,” and “Frances“).  This one is perhaps the least […]

Complete Morton #23 – Sweet Anita Mine / Honky Tonk Music

Today’s Complete Morton Project tunes commence with “Sweet Anita Mine,” recorded by Jelly in 1929 and named after Anita Gonzalez, with whom Morton had a complex and tempestuous relationship.  This is the second piece we’ve done so far dedicated to Anita, the other being the wonderful Spanish Tinge tune “Mamanita” (from way back in Week […]