Black Manhattan: Theater and Dance Music of James

Black Manhattan: Theater and Dance Music of James

by The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra

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Black Manhattan: Theater and Dance Music of James 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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This CD captures all the energy and optimism of the early Harlem Renaissance...you'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!