Jelly's Blues

Jelly's Blues

The Life, Music, and Redemption of Jelly Roll Morton

Book - 2003
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Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Da Capo, c2003
ISBN: 0306812096
Branch Call Number: 781.65092
785.42 M846R
Characteristics: xiv, 288 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Gaines, William 1933-2016


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Nov 05, 2014

The legacy of Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton has been marginalized in recent years by jazz critics. This book does much to set that right, and it is a wonderfully written and engrossing biography.

Morton was the first great composer of jazz; Morton almost singlehandedly transformed ragtime composition into jazz; Morton was the first to notate New Orleans polyphony and blues correctly; and finally, Morton was an incredible jazz pianist.

Mr. Jelly Roll is at least as important to the legacy of the music as Ellington, if not more. Reich's book is a fitting tribute to a great musician.


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