Classic Ragtime from Rare Piano Rolls

Classic Ragtime from Rare Piano Rolls

by James Scott
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Classic Ragtime from Rare Piano Rolls

James Scott was one of the Big Three of ragtime, a talented composer who began writing rags at least as early as 1903, when he was 16. He eventually became an organist for silent movies and a teacher, although he continued working as a performer up until his death in 1938 at age 52. Unfortunately, Scott never recorded nor even cut a piano roll, so his compositions exist today just through his sheet music and recordings by others. This Biograph CD has 15 vintage piano rolls (probably dating from 1906-1919) that were newly recorded in 1974. These are not actually duplications of a keyboardist playing, but rolls that were handmade, so occasionally the music sounds like it was being played by two pianists at once. Fortunately, the beauty of James Scott's music can be heard in these "performances." Among the 15 pieces on this CD are "Ophelia Rag," "Grace and Beauty," "Hilarity," "Ragtime Oriole" and "Climax Rag." Enjoyable music that ragtime collectors will want.

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Release Date: 03/25/2008
Label: Collectables
UPC: 0090431695821
catalogNumber: 6958

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Classic Ragtime from Rare Piano Rolls 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the Scott Joplin ragtimes, so I wanted to try some other ragtime composers from the same period. In principle, these pieces are similar, perhaps a bit too similar, in style, but the recording is disappointing. It comes from a piano roll, not from a human player, so everything sounds rather flat, and a bit too fast. I certainly will not buy any recording made directly from a piano roll again, and from this sample, James Scott sounds so much like a clone of Scott Joplin that it was not interesting.