Saturday, August 16, 2014
"Why" Jelly Roll Morton
Not a lot to say about this number, learned from listening to Leon Redbone and Stovepipe Daddy. Try finding the music for this one, I dares ya.
It's a tune I'm told is from 1938, though it feels like Jelly Roll Morton might have written it earlier, but not published it before then. Jelly Roll always used to make statements like "I invented jazz" and even though you have to figure a large ego was at work, when you take everything he wrote and recorded into account, he may actually be judged as correct.
"Why?" is played in C, on Prince Wong's Martin Style 2 from the early 20's. By the way, the uke was stained dark by Prince Wong or someone on his behalf, in case you're wondering why it is nearly black.
Enjoy, if possible.