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Piano Rolls [Elektra]

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Piano rolls generally sound rather wooden, with square rhythms and a honky tonk feel; the displays of virtuosity are sometimes are impossible for one pianist to perform due to excessive hole punching. Jelly Roll Morton's 11 piano rolls of 1924 which had previously been put out on LP by Biograph and Everest often had more life than others of the period, but still sounded a bit mechanical. Using modern techniques during 1996-1997 including the Yamaha Disklavier, producer Artis Wodehouse was able to make Morton's piano rolls sound much more alive than they had previously for this CD. The interpretations almost pass for '20s piano recordings, and Morton's feel comes across ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Piano rolls generally sound rather wooden, with square rhythms and a honky tonk feel; the displays of virtuosity are sometimes are impossible for one pianist to perform due to excessive hole punching. Jelly Roll Morton's 11 piano rolls of 1924 which had previously been put out on LP by Biograph and Everest often had more life than others of the period, but still sounded a bit mechanical. Using modern techniques during 1996-1997 including the Yamaha Disklavier, producer Artis Wodehouse was able to make Morton's piano rolls sound much more alive than they had previously for this CD. The interpretations almost pass for '20s piano recordings, and Morton's feel comes across better than in previous versions of the rolls. Of the 11 selections, it is possible that "Sweet Man" was not performed by Morton although his name was on the original, for the style sounds a bit different. But the other numbers highlighted by "Shreveport Stomps," "Grandpa's Spells," "King Porter Stomp" and "Mr. Jelly Lord" definitely bring back the spirit of Jelly Roll Morton.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/27/1997
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • UPC: 075597936322
  • Catalog Number: 79363
  • Sales rank: 90,313

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Midnight Mama (3:16)
  2. 2 Shreveport Stomps (4:02)
  3. 3 Stratford Hunch (4:13)
  4. 4 Dead Man Blues (4:47)
  5. 5 Grandpa's Spells (3:12)
  6. 6 Tin Roof Blues (3:27)
  7. 7 London Blues (3:17)
  8. 8 King Porter Stomp (2:38)
  9. 9 Sweet Man (3:26)
  10. 10 Original Jelly Roll Blues (3:43)
  11. 11 Mr. Jelly-Lord (4:15)
  12. 12 Tom Cat Blues (2:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jelly Roll Morton Primary Artist, Piano
Technical Credits
Jelly Roll Morton Composer
Ben Pollack Composer
George Brunies Composer
Stanley Crouch Liner Notes
Robert Hurwitz Executive Producer
Paul Mares Composer
Leon Roppolo Composer
Max Wilcox Producer, Engineer
Paul Zinman Engineer
Artis Wodehouse Liner Notes
Walter Melrose Composer
Anita Gonzales Composer
Melville Stitzel Composer
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