Rusty Rags: Ragtime Cakewalks & Stomps

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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
Saydisc's Rusty Rags is a CD reissue of an LP produced in 1974 by arch-discographer Brian Rust in collaboration with the great transfer engineer John R.T. Davies. Certainly tools for the business of extracting hi-fi audio from recordings made in the early 1900s have improved exponentially since the early '70s, though if anyone could do it well at that time it was Davies, and Rust's expertise in ragtime recordings helped to make this disc a standout in the scant number of ragtime reissues then available on LP. It is a tribute to Rust particularly that very few of the selections included here have been reissued on other labels -- mainly the two selections from James ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
Saydisc's Rusty Rags is a CD reissue of an LP produced in 1974 by arch-discographer Brian Rust in collaboration with the great transfer engineer John R.T. Davies. Certainly tools for the business of extracting hi-fi audio from recordings made in the early 1900s have improved exponentially since the early '70s, though if anyone could do it well at that time it was Davies, and Rust's expertise in ragtime recordings helped to make this disc a standout in the scant number of ragtime reissues then available on LP. It is a tribute to Rust particularly that very few of the selections included here have been reissued on other labels -- mainly the two selections from James Reese Europe's Society Orchestra, which had appeared on a French RCA LP even before Rusty Rags was issued, albeit not in Davies' pristine transfers. Other than Europe, musicians who worked in a live context, in addition to recordings heard here, include banjoists Fred Van Eps and Vess L. Ossman, vaudeville saxophone ensemble the Six Brown Brothers, Sousa's Band and the U.S. Marine Band in a surprisingly syncopated performance of Charles L. Johnson's "Crazy Bone Rag." The rest include Eugene Jaudas Society Orchestra, who recorded primarily for Edison, the Victor Orchestra under Walter B. Rogers, and a number of anonymous studio orchestras. As a collection, Rusty Rags has well survived the changes in intervening decades in regard to what it offers of historical ragtime recordings, the quality of the transfers, and the desirability of the selection. About the only area where it comes up short is in overall length; while its 18 selections was about as much as one could cram onto a 1974 LP, its 46-minute running time may seem like short measure for digital age collectors. Nevertheless, those who decide to take the plunge may well take great delight in both its content and overall quality.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/29/2008
  • Label: Saydisc
  • EAN: 5013133425324
  • Catalog Number: 253
  • Sales rank: 195,565

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tom Brown Leader, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
United States Marine Band Ensemble
Guy Shrigley Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Fred Van Eps Banjo
Charles d'Almaine Violin
Vess L. Ossman Banjo
Arthur Pryor Trombone
Walter B. Rogers Conductor, Cornet
Six Brown Brothers Ensemble
Felix Arndt Piano
Ford Dabney Piano
Simone Mantia Euphonium
Victor Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Crickett Smith Cornet
Jim Europe's Society Orchestra Performing Ensemble
C.H.H. Booth Piano
John Philip Sousa's Band Ensemble
Sunny Clapp Tenor Saxophone
Buddy Gilmore Drums
Emil Keneke Cornet
Edgar Campbell Clarinet
Harry Cook Baritone Saxophone
A. Levy Clarinet
Theodore Levy Violin
Darius Lyons Flute, Piccolo
S.O. Pryor Drums
Walter Pryor Cornet
William H. Reitz Drums
Landon Ronald Piano
O. Edward Wardwell Trombone
Louis "Farma Roots" Christie Clarinet
George Clinton Smith Violin
James 'Slap Rags' White Saxophone
William van Eps Banjo
Chandler Ford Cello
George Smith Violin
Cricket Smith Cornet
Jaudas Society Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Frank E. Reschke Viola
Louis Christie Clarinet
Tracey Cooper Violin
Leonard B. Smith Piano
Walker Scott Violin
Frank Piaff Trombone
A. Levy Clarinet
Harry Fink Bass Saxophone
Technical Credits
Tom Brown Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Fred E. Ahlert Composer
Guy Shrigley Composer
Roy Turk Composer
Jack Yellen Composer
James Reese Europe Composer
Vess L. Ossman Composer
Charles Adams Prince Director
Brian Rust Liner Notes
Ford Dabney Composer
Genny Lucena Cover Design
George L. Cobb Composer
Crickett Smith Director
Charley Straight Composer
F. Henri Klickmann Composer
Herman Conrad Brass Band
Cricket Smith Director
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