||"The Pearls" by Jelly Roll Morton was arranged for Marimba Quartet in 2004 by Frank Ferriano. This arrangement was commissioned by the Madison (WI) Marimba Quartet.
The Pearls is and arrangement of Ferdinand Lamontís AKA "Jelly Roll"
Morton piano piece. Morton in his many compositions added more rhythmic
variety as well as blues inspired harmonies to the traditional
ragtime style. Although his compositions are familiar to Jazz
historians and older jazz fans, younger audiences and musicians are
not as familiar with his music This challenging piano composition has
been broken down into parts for the marimba ensemble. The Pearls is a
prime example of Mortonís style. In several concerts the arrangement
has been well received by young and old alike.