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Jelly Roll Morton December 17, 1929

genre: blues, New Orleans
Recording Date: 
1929-12-17
Label Name: 
Victor
Leader(s): 
Jelly Roll Morton
Skill/instrument: 
clarinet
Skill/instrument: 
piano
Skill/instrument: 
drums
Personnel: 
Barney Bigard
Personnel: 
Jelly Roll Morton
Personnel: 
Zutty Singleton
Ensemble Size: 
trio
Venue Type: 
studio
Venue Name: 
Victor Studio, RCA Victor Company
Venue Location: 
16 West 46th Street, New York, NY
Recording company
Company Name: 
RCA Victor
Session Details: 

Okay, the composers for these four songs is under discussion/debate, I think. Doctor Jazz and Victor do not list names, but throughout the internet, some hints abound. Allmusic and RedHotJazz.com list Harrison Smith and Ben Garrison (and someone with the last name "Cloud") as composers for My Little Dixie Home, while "Smilin' the Blues Away" is listed as a Smith tune on Red Hot Jazz, and as a collab between Smithand Morton in Allmusic. however, there's an interesting note that could easily be overlooked, in Garrison's bio on Allmusic: to summarize, it's that back in the day credit for songs was often intentionally split up, to split up royalties. Garrison may have only written some satirical lyrics over Morton's previously composed tune, and thereby gotten credit for a composition that was truly a Morton tune. Since all four of these songs are difficult, if not impossible, to find in any other issue or session except for the one by Jelly Roll, it suggests that they are all indeed his tunes. -JS

Sources: 
doctorjazz.co.uk, http://victor.library.ucsb.edu/, allmusic, redhotjazz.com