Unlike other pieces, the musicians succeeded in enriching the basic structure of the piece by creating suspended rhythms using instrumental breaks. While providing the breaks, he also introduced piano solo passages. In the final part of the piece, the jazz musician creatively used the traditional “New Orleans” styles that involved a combination of melody created by many musical instruments with different melody and chord progression. This helped in creating a remarkable climatic rhythm. The piece also contains an Argentine rhythm which is similar to tango in some passages. Morton claims that the rhythm is a vital part of jazz pieces. The tunes of pieces also have correct tempos just like his other pieces such as his version of “Sidewalk Blues”. In all his pieces he stressed the importance of not speeding up tunes by selecting the right tempos. When listening to the piece one can notice that it is sweet and soft even though it has many rhythms. Morton was among the artists who made major contributions in jazz music. His piece, “The Original Jelly Blues” played a significant role in supporting the traditional jazz style of the New Orleans. Many current jazz artists are influenced by Morton’s style of combining jazz elements such as blues and ragtime. A combination of these elements enables composers to imitate a band which is a necessary part of a jazz piece. Mortons style.
Hawes, P. (2014). The compositions of Jelly Roll Morton 1923- 1941.
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