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Saturday, January 01, 2011
 
Somewhere, I think at Wallach's Music City, I found a collection of Jelly Roll Morton tunes. Everybody I know was already singing "Hesitation Blues" onstage so I opted for his instrumental record and I also was getting a little tired of hearing just guitars everywhere. My favorite was the way he could run up the keys on "Darktown Strutter's Ball". He makes it seem so effortless.

http://www.amazon.com/Darktown-Strutters-Ball/dp/B0010V5IFA

(In this little sample, during a glide, do you hear the opening melody for "Oh You Beautiful Doll"? A song written in 1911? That's the kind of stuff the UCLA ethnomusicology department was absolutely made of)
 




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