Rusty Rags: Ragtime Cakewalks & Stomps

Rusty Rags: Ragtime Cakewalks & Stomps


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Rusty Rags: Ragtime Cakewalks & Stomps

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/29/2008
Label: Saydisc
UPC: 5013133425324
catalogNumber: 253
Rank: 140470

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
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
Simone Mantia   Euphonium

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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