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Martin Williams

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780195083491

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195083491.001.0001

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The Pearls

The Pearls

(p.150) The Pearls
Jazz Changes

Williams Martin

Oxford University Press

“The Pearls” was one of the many great compositions of Jelly Roll Morton. It had two piano versions, a band version, a piano roll by Morton, and a 1938 record based on one of its themes by Mary Lou Williams. It has three themes, a four-bar introduction, an interlude before the third, and a four-bar ending. Its first two themes were each sixteen-bar melodies, both in G. Thus, and its basic structure was ABC. One of the reasons why the record was one of his best is that it had three awesome themes with a developing relationship and wide emotional range which manifested his prowess in intuition.

Keywords:   The Pearls, Mary Lou Williams, four-bar introduction, interlude, four-bar ending

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