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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 […]

Complete Morton #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 #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 […]