There are eight layers that work together and make up the song. There is a piano, bass, drum, cornet, clarinet, banjo, trumpet, and the trombone. The piano and drum are more of an accompaniment throughout the song as the front line is featured by the trumpet, clarinet and trombone. Starting off with the bass layer, it sets the pitch for the song. The bass part stays on beat throughout the song going up and down the scale frequently; however, the notes are not too far apart. This leads to a medium amount of melodic range.
What do I know?: Jelly Roll Morton - Black Bottom Stomp
The recording has many features that are typical of the New Orleans style :. John Szwed notes that in "Black Bottom Stomp," "Morton practiced what he preached, managing to incorporate in one short piece the 'Spanish tinge,' stomps, breaks, stoptime, backbeat, two-beat, four-beat, a complete suspension of the rhythm section during the piano solo, riffs, rich variations of melody, and dynamics of volume, all of the elements of jazz as he understood it. The harmonic basis is relatively simple, using standard II - V - I progressions. During the A section chorus, the chord progression passes through the relative minor. Some distinct rhythmic features of New Orleans jazz appear throughout:.