Paramount Piano Blues, Vol. 3

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Of the Black Swan Record Company's three volumes devoted to piano recordings which were originally released on the old Paramount label, Paramount Piano Blues, Vol. 3 combines the work of several blues artists and one archetypal jazzman. Jelly Roll Morton gets the lion's share, amassing no less than eight out of twenty titles, including "Mr. Jelly Lord" which is played by Morton's Steamboat Four. Georgia Tom Dorsey is heard cutting up heaps of hokum with Tampa Red and the now all-but-forgotten Madlyn Davis. While William Ezell was capable of some fancy tickling as evidenced by his upbeat "West Coast Rag," his "Barrelhouse Woman" and "Barrelhouse Man" are closer to the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Of the Black Swan Record Company's three volumes devoted to piano recordings which were originally released on the old Paramount label, Paramount Piano Blues, Vol. 3 combines the work of several blues artists and one archetypal jazzman. Jelly Roll Morton gets the lion's share, amassing no less than eight out of twenty titles, including "Mr. Jelly Lord" which is played by Morton's Steamboat Four. Georgia Tom Dorsey is heard cutting up heaps of hokum with Tampa Red and the now all-but-forgotten Madlyn Davis. While William Ezell was capable of some fancy tickling as evidenced by his upbeat "West Coast Rag," his "Barrelhouse Woman" and "Barrelhouse Man" are closer to the low-down, slow drag-style of piano that wasn't never in a hurry and never will be. Bluesiest of all is Mississippian Skip James; his "How Long Blues" and "Little Cow and Calf Is Gonna Die Blues" are sobering examples of how these kinds of recordings transcend mere entertainment to feel more like very personal, private rituals. Altogether, this is one of the better volumes in the Black Swan Paramount Piano Blues series, especially given the bracing combination of Jelly Roll Morton and a small circle of similarly intense characters.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/12/1994
  • Label: Black Swan
  • UPC: 762247301325
  • Catalog Number: 13
  • Sales rank: 300,651

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Frog-I-More Rag - Jelly Roll Morton (2:54)
  2. 2 Selling That Stuff - Georgia Tom (2:54)
  3. 3 Little Cow and Calf Is Gonna Die Blues - Skip James (2:53)
  4. 4 Thirty-Fifth Street Blues - Jelly Roll Morton (2:32)
  5. 5 Too Black Bad - Georgia Tom (3:11)
  6. 6 Muddy Water Blues - Jelly Roll Morton (2:59)
  7. 7 Beedle Um Bum - Georgia Tom (2:50)
  8. 8 Barrelhouse Woman - William Ezell (3:02)
  9. 9 Death Bell Blues - Georgia Tom (2:53)
  10. 10 Mamanita - Jelly Roll Morton (2:51)
  11. 11 How Long "Buck" - Skip James (2:54)
  12. 12 Big Fat Ham - Jelly Roll Morton (2:55)
  13. 13 West Coast Rag - William Ezell (2:47)
  14. 14 Gold Tooth Papa Blues - Georgia Tom (2:41)
  15. 15 London Blues - Jelly Roll Morton (3:02)
  16. 16 It's Red Hot - Georgia Tom (3:10)
  17. 17 Barrel House Man - William Ezell (3:11)
  18. 18 Mr. Jelly Lord - Jelly Roll Morton's Steamboat Four (2:55)
  19. 19 Selling That Stuff - Georgia Tom (2:52)
  20. 20 Steady Roll - Jelly Roll Morton's Stomp Kings (2:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Skip James Piano, Vocals
Jelly Roll Morton Piano
Tampa Red Guitar, Vocals
Tommy Ladnier Clarinet
Madlyn Davis Vocals
William Ezell Piano
Charles Harris Alto Saxophone
Jasper Taylor Wood Block
Boyd Senter Banjo, Clarinet, Kazoo
Georgia Tom Piano, Vocals
Technical Credits
Leroy Carr Composer
Jelly Roll Morton Composer
The Hokum Boys Composer
William Ezell Composer
J. Mayo Williams Composer
Wendell Echols Programming
Benjamin Franklin Spikes Composer
Traditional Composer
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