Black Manhattan: Theater and Dance Music of James

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/25/2003
  • Label: New World Records
  • UPC: 093228061120
  • Catalog Number: 80611
  • Sales rank: 2,213


Disc 1
  1. 1 The Castle Perfect Trot - Rick Benjamin (2:15)
  2. 2 Carolina Fox Trot - Rick Benjamin (2:44)
  3. 3 Overture to "In Dahomey" - Rick Benjamin (8:19)
  4. 4 Deep River: Old Negro Melody - Rick Benjamin (2:23)
  5. 5 Sambo: a Characteristic Two Step March - Rick Benjamin (3:09)
  6. 6 When the Band Plays Ragtime - Rick Benjamin (3:13)
  7. 7 Castle House Rag - Rick Benjamin (2:09)
  8. 8 Smyrna: A Turkish Serenade - Rick Benjamin (4:39)
  9. 9 Ballin' the Jack/What It Takes To Make Me Love - Rick Benjamin (1:45)
  10. 10 Meno D'amour - Rick Benjamin (4:48)
  11. 11 Hey There! (Hi There!) - Rick Benjamin (2:40)
  12. 12 The Tar Heel Blues Rag - Rick Benjamin (2:33)
  13. 13 Congratulations ("the Castles' Lame Duck Waltz") - Rick Benjamin (4:57)
  14. 14 Strut Miss Lizzie - Rick Benjamin (2:02)
  15. 15 Panama: A Characteristic Novelty - Rick Benjamin (4:49)
  16. 16 The Clef Club March - Rick Benjamin (2:49)
  17. 17 Under the Bamboo Tree - Rick Benjamin (5:07)
  18. 18 Cocoanut Grove Jazz - Rick Benjamin (3:05)
  19. 19 Swing Along! - Rick Benjamin (4:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra Primary Artist
John Gill Banjo
Vince Giordano Tenor Banjo
Tom Roberts Piano
Kerry Meads Drums, Bells
Deb Spohnheimer Bass
Tim Albright Trombone
Kevin Cobb Cornet
Awet Andemicael Soprano
Walter Choi Violin
Leslie Cullen Flute, Piccolo
Vesselin Gellev Violin, Concert Master
Gilad Harell Clarinet
Peter Prosser Cello
Technical Credits
Harry (Henry) Thacker Burleigh Arranger
Will Marion Cook Composer
Judith Sherman Producer, Engineer
Bob Cole Composer
James Reese Europe Composer
Rick Benjamin Director, Liner Notes
Ford Dabney Composer
William Vodery Arranger
Chris Smith Composer
Traditional Composer
The Johnson Brothers Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Absolute Treasure!

    This CD captures all the energy and optimism of the early Harlem'll think you've been transported back in time. Ragtime music is probably most familiar to people through two contemporary movies: The Sting, which brought Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer" to public awareness, and Ragtime, with a score by Randy Newman. In my opinion, Newman's score pales in comparison with these originals. The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra faithfully interprets original orchestral scores of composers like James Reese Europe and Will Marion Cook so if, like me, you're used to hearing this music on scratchy old mono recordings, you're in for a real treat. It's easy to see why this music took the country by storm at the turn of the century...I played this CD three times the first night I got it, because it captivated me. There's not a song here I don't like and there's such a good mixture of styles that it doesn't become repetitive. As with all releases from New World Records, this one includes a booklet packed with historical and biographical information. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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