Originally released in specialty packaging in Sept, 2005, the package has been revamped leaving out only the Lomax biography "Mr Jelly Roll", and there is a significant price reduction as well.
The stories and songs on these recordings are a document of the big bang of jazz music at the dawn of the 20th Century.
New Orleans composer, pianist and pool shark Jelly Roll Morton was one of the key figures in the creation of jazz. Alan Lomax was the visionary folklorist who created a legacy that illuminated roots music sounds from around the world. Together, in 1938 at the Library of Congress, they made these groundbreaking recordings - the first recorded oral history in jazz.
Jelly Roll's earthy and remarkably detailed stories of the milieu that surrounded the formation of jazz music are punctuated with his musical illustrations and stunning solo piano versions of his best-known compositions. The dandies, piano players, prostitutes, hustlers and musical legends that populated Jelly Roll's world are brought to life in this riveting narrative, an essential document of American culture.
A Document of the Big Bang of Jazz!
* The first complete and unexpurgated release of the 1938 Library of Congress recordings, on 7 compact discs, plus a bonus disc of interviews of Jelly Roll Morton's peers by Alan Lomax
* Remastered from the original acetate discs at the Library of Congress using Sony Direct Stream Digital technology, and restored using the Cedar Cambridge(TM) system.
* Includes a new 80-page book with an appreciation by John Szwed and many rare photographs.
Winner - 48th Grammy® Awards (Feb 8, 2006)
- Best Album Notes
John Szwed, album notes writer
- Best Historical Album
Jeffrey Greenberg & Anna Lomax Wood, compilation producers; Adam Ayan & Steve Rosenthal, mastering engineers