Creole Belles

Creole Belles

by The New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra
     
 
Norwegian transplant Lars Edegran formed the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra in 1967 to preserve some of the New Orleans music that he loved. The band has been going strong ever since, playing gigs from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival to the Satchmo Summer Fest. They specialize in ragtime music, of course, as

Overview

Norwegian transplant Lars Edegran formed the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra in 1967 to preserve some of the New Orleans music that he loved. The band has been going strong ever since, playing gigs from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival to the Satchmo Summer Fest. They specialize in ragtime music, of course, as well as waltzes, cakewalks, blues, and marches, such as one might hear at the refined Creole balls of the era. The beautiful women in attendance inspired the song that became the title cut here (half of which was recorded in the early '70s and half in the late '80s), and it captures the exuberant and elegant spirit of that bygone era. The album features many Scott Joplin compositions, both well-known and obscure, such as "Maple Leaf Rag," "The Entertainer," "The Ragtime Dance," "The Wall Street Rag," and "The Chrysanthemum." There are contributions from Jelly Roll Morton, George Lewis, and Nick LaRocca, among others. All the tunes are lovingly rendered by an all-star cast of musicians, including Lionel Ferbos on trumpet and vocals, Orange Kellin on clarinet, Paul Crawford on trombone, Frank Fields on bass, William Russell on violin, Richard Payne on bass and tuba, John Robichaux on drums and vocals, and bandleader Edegran on banjo, guitar, and piano. They swing in the old-time way on a host of memorable tunes, including the beautiful "Purple Rose of Cairo," "Panama," "Love Will Find a Way," "The Rubber Plant Rag," and "Red Pepper." It was a glorious era, and the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra will take you there. You will not be disappointed.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/30/1994
Label:
Arhoolie Records
UPC:
0096297042021
catalogNumber:
420
Rank:
93998

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Performance Credits

New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra   Primary Artist
Paul Crawford   Trombone
Orange Kellin   Clarinet
Lionel Ferbos   Trumpet,Vocals
Lars Edegran   Banjo,Guitar,Piano,Leader
Frank Fields   Bass
Richard Payne   Bass,Tuba
John Robichaux   Drums,Vocals
Bill Russell   Violin

Technical Credits

Arlo Guthrie   Composer
Lars Edegran   Arranger,Liner Notes,Orchestration
Wayne Pope   Artwork,Cover Design
William J. Schafer   Liner Notes
Oliver Wallace   Composer
Walter Melrose   Composer
Harold Weeks   Composer
Traditional   Composer
James Ryder Randall   Composer

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