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Piano Rolls
Jelly Roll Morton
Piano Rolls
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
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In the same period that Jelly Roll Morton began making acoustic recordings of his piano solos, he was also making piano rolls of his strongest material. This CD presents piano rolls that Morton made in 1924, and producer ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Jelly Roll Morton
Title: Piano Rolls
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Nonesuch
Original Release Date: 5/27/1997
Release Date: 5/27/1997
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: New Orleans Jazz, Traditional Jazz & Ragtime
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 075597936322, 075597936346

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In the same period that Jelly Roll Morton began making acoustic recordings of his piano solos, he was also making piano rolls of his strongest material. This CD presents piano rolls that Morton made in 1924, and producer Artis Wodehouse has done a remarkable job of recording them, capturing them with a convincingly live resonance. Morton was keenly aware of studio technology, and it's fascinating to hear him exploit the extended playing time that the piano rolls provided him. Several of these pieces stretch past four minutes, and tracks like "Stratford Hunch" and "Dead Man Blues" allow Morton to extend his variations further than recording allowed, providing another opportunity to hear Morton's innovative synthesis of ragtime, blues, and spontaneous inspiration. The piano sound compares favorably with even well-restored versions of Morton's contemporaneous acoustic recordings for Gennett, with brighter highs and firmer bass notes. --Stuart Broomer

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Not really satisfactory
madamemusico | 10/13/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)

"The trouble with these rolls is that they were recorded in the cheaper way, without any dynamics, unlike the expensive rolls by Rachmaninoff and other classical pianists. Ms Wodehouse has attempted to supply the missing dynamics, but the result doesn't sound at all like Morton's playing as you can hear it on the JSP set or the Lomax recordings. It is more like, perhaps, Dick Hyman playing Morton's music. Also, a big concert grand doesn't seem very suitable for this music."
Recomendo
John Lester | Vila Velha, Espírito Santo Brazil | 09/02/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Uma das figuras mais geniais e polêmicas da história do jazz foi Jelly Roll Morton, considerado por vários estudiosos o primeiro compositor do jazz. Morton, um mulato de New Orleans que se considerava branco descendente de franceses, iniciou a carreira tocando em bordéis e esteve em quase todas as cidades onde se podia ganhar algum dinheiro tocando jazz. Costumava se apresentar com um cartão onde constava a inscrição "inventor do jazz". Se ele realmente acreditava nisso ou estava apenas brincando, nunca vamos saber. O fato é que Morton foi o primeiro músico a conseguir colocar na partitura alguns dos principais elementos musicais que realmente diferenciavam o jazz de seus ancestrais: spirituals, blues e ragtime. Para aqueles que não apreciam gravações repletas de estalidos e chiados, o disco abaixo traz registros feitos em 1924 em rolos de pianola cujo tratamento técnico torna a audição agradável até para as orelhas mais exigentes. Um prato cheio para os estudiosos do jazz."