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Classic Ragtime: Roots and Offshoots
Genres: Country, Blues, Folk, Jazz, Pop
From the 1890s to the dawn of the first World War, ragtime reigned supreme in American pop culture--a bridge between parlor music and jazz. And few compilations showcase the diversity of the genre as well as Classic Ragtim... more »
From the 1890s to the dawn of the first World War, ragtime reigned supreme in American pop culture--a bridge between parlor music and jazz. And few compilations showcase the diversity of the genre as well as Classic Ragtime. America was in flux and so was its music: Joseph Moskowitz's cymbalum solo on 1916's "Operatic Rag" spoofs classical music's arias with a frenzied syncopation, Arthur Collins's "Brother Noah Gave Out Checks for Rain" from 1907 equally addresses the important themes of baseball and religion, and Sam Moore's "Laughing Rag" from 1921 is played on a Hawaiian guitar. The piano, formerly a classical instrument, is starting to show its Tin Pan Alley stylings, and jazz instrumentation (as on the Dixieland Jug Blowers' track from 1926) is starting to become prominent. All in all, it's a fascinating trip, with great transfers from 78s that'll have you forgetting how old this spirited music is. Classic rags by Jelly Roll Morton, Thomas "Fats" Waller, and even Tommy Dorsey are also included--a comprehensive snapshot of the music from its recorded roots to 1937. --Jason Verlinde
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Atmosphere of the past captured here!
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you are curious about the entertainment and popular culture of America in the early decades of the 1900's, than this collection is for you. It is a fun audio exploration of the musical forms which influenced early jazz and blues. I think the term ragtime should be understood to have a broader meaning here than simply the form of the usual piano and orchestral pieces associated with it. THIS ALBUM IS A MUST FOR AMERICAN MUSIC HISTORY FANS!"
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D. Blair | 08/28/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"With all the "Various Artists" CDs and what-nots you're very lucky to have found a collection like this. As I was, via a gift. This collection ranks up there with the best of the Yazoo collections, (Rukus Juice, etc)... and therefore up there with some of the best gifts ever.I'm assuming you're well versed in the oldtimey recordings... if so... than don't hesitate, this collection is superb! It is one of my "dessert island" discs, which include such great recordings as Miles Davis - Kind of Blue, the Beach Boys - Pet Sounds,... you dig? It's that vital... and haunting... If you're not a regular listener of the old stuff and are curious... Pick It Up! This stuff is catchy and sounds great coming from old dusty 78s... SNIIIFFFF... ahhhh smell that history.weeba-dooda bop-blop -skibbity boop"