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Piano Rolls (1997)

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Format: CD
Sku: 60266884
UPC: 075597936322
UPC 14: 00075597936322
Release Date: 5/27/1997
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Midnight Mama ~ Jelly Roll Morton
2. Shreveport Stomps ~ Jelly Roll Morton
3. Stratford Hunch ~ Jelly Roll Morton
4. Dead Man Blues ~ Jelly Roll Morton
5. Grandpa's Spells ~ Jelly Roll Morton
6. Tin Roof Blues ~ Jelly Roll Morton
7. London Blues ~ Jelly Roll Morton
8. King Porter Stomp ~ Jelly Roll Morton
9. Sweet Man ~ Jelly Roll Morton
10. Original Jelly Roll Blues ~ Jelly Roll Morton
11. Mr. Jelly-Lord ~ Jelly Roll Morton
12. Tom Cat Blues ~ Jelly Roll Morton

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote THE PIANO ROLLS contains music played by special computerized interpretation, overseen by Artis Wodehouse, of original player-piano rolls recorded by Jelly Roll Morton.
Muze PNote Recorded at the American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, New York on February 22-23, 1997. Includes liner notes by Stanley Crouch and Artis Wodehouse.
Muze PNote Personnel: Jelly Roll Morton (piano).
Muze PNote Liner Note Authors: Artis Wodehouse; Stanley Crouch.
Muze PNote Recording information: American Academy Of Arts And Letters, New York, NY (09/1924-12/1924).
Muze PNote 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. ~ Scott Yanow

Producer: Max Wilcox

Engineer: Max Wilcox; Paul Zinman

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Associated Artists and Works

Allen, Henry "Red"
Andrew Homzy
Armstrong, Louis
Ellington Edward Kennedy
Ellington, Duke
Homzy, Andrew
Homzy, Andrew Ensemble
Thompson, Butch

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/27/1997
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1997
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 7559793632
Music Label Name Label : Elektra (Label)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00075597936322

Professional Reviews

JazzTimes (10/97, pp.91-92)
- "For the first time since their initial appearance in 1923, Jelly Roll Morton's piano rolls can now be heard in a manner far more closely reflective of real performance sound....those familiar with the limitations of piano rolls...will be amazed..."

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