Scott Joplin - The Red Back Book [Angel Records S-36060] (1973)

Dynamic Range Released: 1973
Country: US
Label: Angel Records
Catalog: S-36060
Genre: Ragtime, Jazz

Item# SR-ANS36060
Ratings: C=VG+; LP=VG+

T R A C K L I S T:
01 The Cascades
02 Sun Flower Slow Drag
03 The Chrysanthemum
04 The Entertainer (Solo Piano Version)
05 The Rag Time Dance
06 Sugar Cane
07 The Easy Winners
08 The Entertainer
09 Sun Flower Slow Drag (Piano Solo Version)
10 Maple Leaf Rag

The Red Back Book
Scott Joplin

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Album Review

Scott Yanow []

Back around 1910, John Stark published ''Fifteen Standard High Class Rags,'' a folio soon nicknamed ''The Red Back Book'' and containing colorful arrangements for 11 ragtime pieces, mostly by Scott Joplin. In 1973 Gunther Schuller and the New England Conservatory Ragtime Ensemble recorded seven of the charts plus a new reworking of ''Sugar Cane''; a pair of piano solos by Myron Romanul (of ''The Entertainer'' and ''Sun Flower Slow Drag'') round out this highly enjoyable set. Hearing Joplin's music interpreted by a group consisting of trumpet, trombone, clarinet, flute/piccolo, tuba, piano, bass, drums and a string quartet helps cast new light on these vintage themes. The LP (which will hopefully be reissued on CD eventually) is highly recommended for ragtime collectors.