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Complete Morton Project #41 – The Pearls

We’re celebrating Jelly Roll Morton’s birthday this week (Oct 20, possibly 1885 or 1890, we aren’t entirely sure because he constantly lied to make himself seem older than he was), with his greatest composition “The Pearls.”  It’s a masterful tune with multiple sections, textures, and melodies which he wrote in the teens at the Kansas […]

Complete Morton #40 – Croc-O-Dile Cradle / Tom Cat Blues

This week we present another interesting composition unrecorded by Morton and only found by accident!  The great New York bandleader Vince Giordano was bidding on some vintage sheet music on eBay and came across this tune, “Croc-O-Dile Cradle,” written by Morton.  Only the piano part and banjo part remained, but fortunately all the melodies were […]

Complete Morton #36 – Wild Man Blues / Don’t You Leave Me Here

Unbelievably, we’re getting very near having posted 80 of Jelly’s tunes…woah!  This week we kick it off with the dark and stompy “Wild Man Blues” which features a lot of trading and double time breaks on the original, which we’ve incorporated into our arrangement as well.  Once again we’ve omitted the opening skit (fortunately for […]

Complete Morton #33 – Black Bottom Stomp / I’m Looking For A Little Bluebird

This week we kick it off with one of Morton’s iconic tunes, “Black Bottom Stomp.”  The original is among his very best band recordings from the classic 1926 Red Hot Peppers sides, and was quite a challenge to reduce to the duo format, but here’s our best effort!  It’s a multi strain tune with some […]

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 […]