Wynton Marsalis appears to have been as prolific a recording studio denizen as was his late mentor, Miles Davis. So apparently overcrowded are the Columbia vaults with Marsalis sessions that Wynton is concluding an unprecedented blitz of seven recordings in seven months, including suites, standards, and homage dates. Mr. Jelly Lord falls in the latter category as Marsalis leads 12 members of his broadening crew of familiars through 15 gems Jelly Roll Morton left here for us to learn. Befitting the historic importance, not to mention self-importance of Mr. Jelly Lord, as the iconoclastic, brilliant, often profane Morton was known, the music is addressed by no fewer than four very divergent pianists: Eric Lewis, Eric Reed, Danilo Perez, and Harry Connick, Jr.
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