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Fussy Mabel

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For Mabel Bertrand


This side was recorded in New York City on March 20th 1930 featuring Ward Pinkett and Bubber Miley trumpets, Wilbur de Paris trombone, Eddie Barefield clarinet, Jelly Roll Morton piano & leader, Bernard Addison guitar, Bill Benford bass brass, and Tommy Benford drums.

*"Fussy Mabel" was composed by Ferdinand 'Jelly Roll' Morton.

Jelly wrote this one for his girlfriend Mabel Bertrand. Also born in New Orleans she was the sister of percussionist and xylophone player Jimmy Bertrand whose small groups were a staple of the 1920's Chicago jazz scene. A dancer by profession she had sent time in Europe and was married to Ferd Morton in 1929. Following their union Mabel is reported to have put a limit on her husband's nefarious extracurricular activities; at least to some extent.

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