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The Chant

Jelly Roll Morton's
Red Hot Peppers


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"Composed by Mel Stitzel"


This recording was produced in Chicago at the Webster Hotel on September 15th 1926 with George Mitchell cornet, Kid Ory trombone, Omer Simeon clarinet, Jelly Roll Morton piano & leader, Johnny St Cyr banjo, John Lindsay bass, and Andrew Hilaire drums.

A point of particular interest, this is one of few tunes recorded by Jelly Roll Morton with his "Red Hot Peppers" that he did not compose. *"The Chant" was written by German born pianist Mel Stitzel best known for his work with the "New Orleans Rhythm Kings" a white Jazz group of the 1920's whose members included George Brunies, Jack Pettis, and Elmer Schoebel.

(Other non-Morton compositions recorded by the "Red Hot Peppers" include "Smokehouse Blues" by Charles Luke, and W. C. Handy's "Beale St Blues").

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