Complete Morton #20 – Fingerbuster / Blue Blood Blues

Well, the year is really moving along as we’ve reached week 20 of the Complete Morton Project!  To celebrate, we’re featuring Morton’s fast-paced showpiece “Fingerbuster”!  We figured it would be pretty awkward to play the melody on clarinet so we’ve busted out the bass saxophone again to accompany the somewhat silly but undeniably exciting piano […]

Complete Morton #19 – New Orleans Blues / Shake It

The Complete Morton Project is chugging along into spring here and we’ve brought out the bass saxophone again for one of Jelly’s earliest tunes, “New Orleans Blues.”  It’s another example of the way in which Morton took the blues form and created a composition with it, full of interesting and distinctive variations and a nice […]

Complete Morton #16 – Milenberg Joys / Each Day

This week’s Complete Morton Project selections with David Horniblow kick off with “Milenberg Joys,” an interesting early Morton tune, apparently partially based on another tune of his called “Golden Leaf Strut.”  This tune was listed as being composed by Morton and two members of the New Orleans Rhythm Kings, Leon Rappolo and Paul Mares…but then again […]

Complete Morton #15 – Froggie Moore / Mr Jelly Lord

Today’s selections for the Complete Morton Project (full info) are two of Morton’s absolute best compositions!  In addition to the anthemic Mr. Jelly Lord, we’re starting it off with “Froggie Moore,” a rag he wrote in his early years and dedicated to a vaudeville performer and acquaintance of Morton’s called Frog-Eye Moore.  This classic tune […]