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: 785.42 M846R
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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BoneyardPreacher
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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