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(1979/Delmark) Some people claim that ragtime, not Dixieland, was the first form of jazz, but... more

NEW ORLEANS RAGTIME ORCH: Grace And Beauty

(1979/Delmark) Some people claim that ragtime, not Dixieland, was the first form of jazz, but most jazz experts disagree -- and rightly so. If you believe that improvisation is a fundamental part of the genre, you can't call ragtime jazz because it isn't improvisatory. Nonetheless, serious jazz historians should hear authentic ragtime because it influenced early Dixieland (as did the blues, marching bands, classical, Latin, and Caribbean music), and Swedish pianist Lars Edegran's New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra (NORO) was among the more authentic ragtime bands of the 1960s and 1970s. This reissue, which contains 18 recordings from 1967-1970, demonstrates that NORO was quite faithful to the spirit of 1900s and 1910s. Several Scott Joplin classics from that era are performed (including "Elite Syncopations," "Scott Joplin's New Rag," "Pleasant Moments," and "The Chrysanthemum"), along with numbers by such greats as Joseph Lamb ("Reindeer Rag," "Ethiopia Rag") and James Scott ("Sunburst Rag"). Grace and Beauty is easily recommended to ragtime enthusiasts, and even though it isn't jazz, the CD is also recommended to jazz fans who would like to hear some of the instrumental music that influenced early Dixieland. (AllMusic)

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New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra - Grace And Beauty LP 1
01 St=Louis tickle NEW ORLEANS RAGTIME ORCH
02 Contentment - A rag NEW ORLEANS RAGTIME ORCH
03 Dusty rag NEW ORLEANS RAGTIME ORCH
04 Reindeer rag NEW ORLEANS RAGTIME ORCH
05 Sensation - A rag NEW ORLEANS RAGTIME ORCH
06 Original rags NEW ORLEANS RAGTIME ORCH
07 Tres moutarde NEW ORLEANS RAGTIME ORCH
08 Sunburst rag NEW ORLEANS RAGTIME ORCH
09 Scott Joplin's new rag NEW ORLEANS RAGTIME ORCH
10 Grace and beauty NEW ORLEANS RAGTIME ORCH
11 Panama rag NEW ORLEANS RAGTIME ORCH
12 Ethiopia rag NEW ORLEANS RAGTIME ORCH
13 Pastime rag - A slow drag NEW ORLEANS RAGTIME ORCH
14 Elite syncopations NEW ORLEANS RAGTIME ORCH
15 Creole blues NEW ORLEANS RAGTIME ORCH
16 Pleasant moments NEW ORLEANS RAGTIME ORCH
17 The chrysanthemum NEW ORLEANS RAGTIME ORCH
18 A Rag-time nightmare NEW ORLEANS RAGTIME ORCH
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