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Jelly's Blues: The Life, Music, And Redemption Of Jelly Roll Morton based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
A remarkable book about a remarkable man. Morton's claim to have invented jazz was often dismissed out of hand, especially in view of his early years as an all-around rascal. Reich and Gaines make a good case that's exactly what he did. On the way, they call up the early years of jazz and music recording in all their grittiness, and bring out the courage, creativity - and gentle humanity - in an unlikely pair: Morton, himself, and his last professional friend, an IRS auditor who went into the music publishing business with him. (My copy's subtitled 'The life, music and REDEMPTION of Jelly Roll Morton.') They also manage a healthy swat at two of the biggest cheats in the publishing business. Best read with the right music nearby: King Oliver, Morton with his Red Hot Peppers, and Louis Armstrong's Hot Five, all recorded in the early 20s, most on CD; and, if you can find it, Gunther Schuller's album 'The Road from Ragtime to Jazz'. Check out 'Grandpa's Spells', especially, before and after Morton.