Black Bottom Stomp By Jelly Roll Morton

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“Black Bottom Stomp” is a complex piece in which Jelly Roll Morton deftly incorporates multiple solos, each performer infusing his own personality and improvisation into the tune. For the first section of the song (00:00 to 00:20), the band is playing the first part of the piece in unison, which certainly sounds composed – but that is essentially when the sheet music is thrown out the window. After Morton establishes the general melody for the piece, he lets his musicians’ creativity take over, and each takes his turn at improvising a solo. Although there is no video associated with this piece, you can almost see the accompanists tapping their feet and nodding their heads along with each skillful feature.

By incorporating stop breaks into
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