Kansas City Frank Melrose – Bluesiana
Delmark DE 245 (2006)
Pianist Frank Melrose was the younger brother of music publishers and agents Walter and Lester Melrose, who ran Melrose Brothers music store in Chicago and were very involved in the business end of the Chicago jazz and blues scene of the ’20s and ’30s. Melrose was a big fan of Jelly Roll Morton who did business with his brothers. Morton and Frank were reputably friends and jammed together occasionally in clubs on the south side of Chicago. Frank left Chicago as a teen and settled in Kansas City. He recorded sporadically in the ’20s with Wingy Manone, Johnny Dodds and his last session was in 1941, as he was found dead Labor Day of that year. This previously unissued session was recorded in 1940 and features quintet sides with trumpeter Pete Daily, trio and solo material.