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Ragtime Piano Originals: 16 Composer-Pianists Playing Their Own Works

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Ragtime Piano Originals: 16 Composer-Pianists Playing Their Own Works
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Catchy melodies, individual interpretation, and flashy technique epitomize "novelty" ragtime, a style of ragtime that emerged after World War I. This recording features "the effervescence of authentic ragtime" through virtuosic performances by composer-pianists, and includes a rare solo by Clarence Jones, one of the few black musicians to record novelty rags.

*Content Advisory: The title of track 104 contains derogatory language. While it is offensive to us, we have chosen for the song titles to remain as published and interpreted in the time period in which they were written. We believe that to do otherwise would be to change a historical document. The “n word” was commonplace for a time in history, especially during the era of Jim Crow. Its circulation and popularization through blackface minstrelsy became associated with the identity of Black people in a white supremacist society.
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Track Listing

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101
Blaze Away Mike Bernard 2:43
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102
A Classical Spasm Harry Thomas 3:34
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103
It's a Peach Malvin M. Franklin 2:07
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104
Nigger's Hop* Joseph Batten 2:45
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105
Tantalizing Tingles Mike Bernard 2:22
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106
Modulation Clarence Jones 3:19
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107
Unknown Rag n/a 2:16
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108
Butter Scotch Willy White 3:10
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201
Upright and Grand Frank Banta 2:49
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202
The Boston Trot Sid Reinherz 2:55
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203
Peanut Cackle Frank Herbin 2:38
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204
Whippin' the Keys Sam Goold 2:53
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205
That Futuristic Rag Rube Bloom 2:47
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206
Crooked Notes Jean Paques 2:59
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207
Fire Crackers Donald Thorne 2:40
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208
Piano Puzzle Arthur Schutt 2:53