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Jazz - Released October 9, 2015 | Steel Music

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Dixieland - Released January 28, 2018 | We Go Home Records

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Dixieland - Released November 3, 2015 | Glory Days Records

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Jazz - Released October 16, 2018 | Remastered Classics

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Jazz - Released November 9, 2016 | Ecl3ctic

Jazz - Released May 30, 2018 | Milestones Records

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Jazz - Released May 25, 2018 | Milestones Records

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Jazz - Released May 30, 2018 | Milestones Records

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Jazz - Released December 24, 2017 | Ideal Music

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Jazz - Released January 1, 2003 | Shout Factory

The piano compositions of ragtime pioneer Scott Joplin are wonderfully showcased on this 14-track compilation, which includes many of the Texan musician's most influential and best-known tunes. The crown jewel of the regal ENTERTAINER anthology, is, of course, its lively title track. Penned by Joplin in 1902, the jaunty and highly melodic song is immediately identifiable as a turn-of-the-century classic, and one of the more well-known pop melodies in American history. Additional standouts include "Maple Leaf Rag," another one of Joplin's undisputed masterpieces, along with "Sugar Cane," "A Breeze from Alabama," and other vintage two-step numbers. Both nodding to classical music and paving the way for jazz, these pieces are truly timeless, and essential to any ragtime collection.
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Jazz - Released January 1, 2003 | Shout Factory

When Scott Joplin wrote his ragtime compositions between 1899 and 1917, they often turned up on player pianos. The player piano roll not only served to entertain audiences crazed for syncopation, but also to preserve the music for the next generation. Unfortunately, a number of Joplin's creations were either never recorded on piano rolls during his lifetime or can no longer be found. That's where Elite Syncopations comes in. Many of these recordings were taken from the collection of Hal Boulware. In the 1960s, Boulware filled the gaps of missing Joplin pieces by faithfully re-creating piano rolls out of printed scores. While certain pieces -- like "Maple Leaf Rag" -- are familiar, there's a subtle difference. On "Maple Leaf Rag," "Ole Miss Rag," and "Magnetic Rag," the piano rolls have been scored from Joplin's own solo work. The King of the Ragtime Writers was reportedly a good pianist, though no more than six of his solos survive. "Ole Miss Rag" -- the one piece by W.C. Handy -- comes from a rare piano roll (the only known copy), while "Silver Swan Rag" was only unearthed in 1970. Rare or not, these recordings have the same fresh vibrancy as other Joplin compositions. Elite Syncopations will entice Joplin fans while also serving as a fine introduction to his work. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford Jr.
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Jazz - Released January 1, 2003 | Shout Factory

Scott Joplin began writing "rags" in the late 1890s, and would later be known as -- thanks to compositions like "Maple Leaf Rag" -- the King of the Ragtime Writers. Like other writers of ragtime, his music featured heavily syncopated rhythms, often designed for a solo piano. Unlike the other writers, Joplin's ambition led him to compose rags that were more complex than the average player piano product. "Cascades" darts this way and that, never settling into a predictable pattern, while "Search-Light Rag" sweeps gracefully across open expanses. There are also fascinating oddities like "Rag Medley No. 6: Pineapple Rag/Euphonic Sounds" that hint at Joplin's reach toward classical strains. "Something Doing" suggests that even the greatest writers eventually ran out of titles for their creations. These pieces have been taken from piano rolls and reveal that ragtime wasn't necessarily played at breakneck speed. Many of Joplin's compositions, in fact, came with the instructions "Do not play fast." The collection comes to a fitting close with Ernest L. Stevens' rendition of the most popular of all ragtime tunes, "Maple Leaf Rag." King of the Ragtime Writers offers a nice portrait of a composer grown into a mature artist, and the 17 pieces provide a good overview of the happiest of styles. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford Jr.

Dixieland - Released April 6, 2017 | We Go Home Records

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Dixieland - Released January 29, 2017 | We Go Home Records

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Dixieland - Released October 26, 2016 | Glory Days Records

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Dixieland - Released August 20, 2016 | Glory Days Records

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Jazz - Released July 14, 2016 | Glory Days Records

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Dixieland - Released April 17, 2016 | Glory Days Records

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Jazz - Released March 9, 2016 | Glory Days Records

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