Creole Belles

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All Music Guide - Rose of Sharon Witmer
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rose of Sharon Witmer
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/30/1994
  • Label: Arhoolie Records
  • UPC: 096297042021
  • Catalog Number: 420
  • Sales rank: 163,441

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Creole Belles (3:03)
  2. 2 Black and White Rag (3:06)
  3. 3 Purple Rose of Cairo (3:21)
  4. 4 War Cloud (3:58)
  5. 5 Maple Leaf Rag (3:40)
  6. 6 High Society (3:51)
  7. 7 The Entertainer (3:49)
  8. 8 The Ragtime Dance (3:19)
  9. 9 New Orleans Hop Scop Blues (3:06)
  10. 10 My Maryland (2:29)
  11. 11 The Chrysanthemum (4:06)
  12. 12 Panama (3:47)
  13. 13 Wall Street Rag (3:23)
  14. 14 Love Will Find a Way (3:45)
  15. 15 Rubber Plant Rag (2:23)
  16. 16 You Can Have It (I Don't Want It) (3:01)
  17. 17 Tickled to Death (2:56)
  18. 18 The Junk Man Rag (3:17)
  19. 19 Winin' Boy Blues (3:10)
  20. 20 St. Louis Tickle (2:21)
  21. 21 Hindustan (2:36)
  22. 22 Ethiopia (3:43)
  23. 23 Red Pepper (2:54)
  24. 24 Pickles and Peppers (2:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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
Ray Benson Composer
Lars Edegran Arranger, Liner Notes, Orchestration
Wayne Pope Artwork, Cover Design
M. Christian Composer
William J. Schafer Liner Notes
Oliver Wallace Composer
Walter Melrose Composer
Harold Weeks Composer
Traditional Composer
James Ryder Randall Composer
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