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Jelly Roll Morton's Kings of Jazz
Jelly Roll Morton's Kings of JazzThe Kings of Jazz that recorded four titles on the rare Autograph label in Chicago in 1924 are hardly worth their title, let it be admitted. Lee Collins and Roy Palmer are good enough, but neither of the reedmen are adequate; particularly does this apply to Alex Poole.

Jelly Roll Morton is the only rhythm man, but even he is almost powerless to move the band along – it is hopelessly overbalanced with four front-line men to one pianist. Fish Tail Blues is the same melody as Sidewalk Blues but it’s performance is not comparable to the superb Victor recording of the later title, albeit infested with extranea such as klaxon horns, police whistles and shouts of abuse!

Taken from the book Recorded Jazz: A Critical Guide by Rex Harris and Brian Rust.<

discography

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Fish Tail Blues
(Jelly Roll Morton / Lee Collins)
9-1924 Chicago, Illinois Autograph
606-A
High Society
(Palmer)
9-1924 Chicago, Illinois Autograph
606-B
Tiger Rag
(Nick LaRocca)
9-1924 Chicago, Illinois Autograph
607-B
Weary Blues
(Artie Matthews)
9-1924 Chicago, Illinois Autograph
607-A

Jelly Roll Morton's Kings of Jazz

Artist Instrument
Balls Ball Clarinet
Lee Collins Cornet
Jelly Roll Morton Piano
Roy Palmer Trombone
Alex Poole Alto Saxophone

 

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