Danny A. Rubel - jazzreview.com - Your Jazz Music Connection - jazzreview.com - Your Jazz Music Connection http://www.jazzreview.com Wed, 24 May 2017 05:42:38 -0500 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Euphonic Sounds (Radical Pop Music From the Ragtime Era) by Manhattan Ragtime Orchestra http://www.jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/ragtime-jazz-cd-reviews/euphonic-sounds-radical-pop-music-from-the-ragtime-era-by-manhattan-ragtime-orchestra.html http://www.jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/ragtime-jazz-cd-reviews/euphonic-sounds-radical-pop-music-from-the-ragtime-era-by-manhattan-ragtime-orchestra.html Just a little bit of history concerning Ragtime: Catherine Schmidt-Jones stated in her brief history of ragtime music that following the American Civil War, the only…
Just a little bit of history concerning Ragtime:

Catherine Schmidt-Jones stated in her brief history of ragtime music that following the American Civil War, the only jobs available to most blacks were poor-paying menial labor; except, there were 3 noted exceptions: teacher, preacher, and musician. Eventually, in the late 1890’s, a black pianist came forward whose virtuosity propelled African-American musicians to a level to which they came to be viewed as serious artists, .... his name, Scott Joplin. Without much question, Joplin is the most influential artist of Ragtime music that has ever existed. Even in 1973, Joplin’s music was featured in the film, The Sting; the film won an academy award for its film score. Moreover, in 1976, Joplin’s music was recognized for its unparalleled genius; his opera, Treemonisha, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize. In any case, these are poignant reminders that Ragtime music is an enduring art form on the American musical landscape and rightfully so.

That being said, two of the six rags on Manhattan Ragtime Orchestra’s (MRO) CD are Joplin’s Magnetic Rag and Euphonic Sounds. As is stated in the liner notes, Magnetic is a real chops buster, and MRO handles it quite masterfully.

Under the direction of Orange Kellin (the group’s world-renowned clarinetist), the group was formed in 2004. It’s comprised of working musicians from the New York City area; that is to say these guys are professional, gigging musicians, and upon listening to the CD, it is quite apparent that these guys not only play the music, understand the music, and cohesively work together as a group, but they also love the music and have a great deal of fun performing it.

It was a joy to listen to this CD, and for anyone interested in late 19th and early 20th century American music, I highly recommend it, but I also recommend the CD to those just wanting to listen to masters of their craft performing a style of music that deserves a place of honor on the mantel of American music.

As writer J. Russell states, "Ragtime was a fanfare for the 20th century.", and it’s good to know that Ragtime is still strongly and masterfully reverberating today.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Danny A. Rubel) Ragtime Jazz - CD Reviews Sat, 10 Jul 2004 19:08:41 -0500
See How They Run by Josh Greenberg Presents The Mother Goose Jazz Band http://www.jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/big-band-swing-cd-reviews/see-how-they-run-by-josh-greenberg-presents-the-mother-goose-jazz-band.html http://www.jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/big-band-swing-cd-reviews/see-how-they-run-by-josh-greenberg-presents-the-mother-goose-jazz-band.html Some music just brings that blissful look to your face, .... that joyful feeling one gets when the happy experiences of childhood come bubbling up, forcing the corners of y…
Some music just brings that blissful look to your face, .... that joyful feeling one gets when the happy experiences of childhood come bubbling up, forcing the corners of your mouth to arch up past a grin to a full fledged, unadulterated smile. This CD does just that.

True, the target audience of this musical experience is children, but just like those cartoons that you know you enjoy watching with your kids, enjoy maybe a little too much (I’m sure that you know exactly what I’m talking about.:), this CD is equally as pleasing for the older kids as well; trust me, your inner child will be as absolutely delighted as your offspring.

How could one not be pleased with the Mother Goose Jazz Band? You’ve got exceptionally talented musicians playing children’s music using several different jazz musical conventions; .... for instance, "Peanut Butter Cookies" over "Take 5", "Fuzzy Wuzzy" in a Charlie Parker style, "This Old Man" and "Jack Be Nimble" emulating the styling of Sonny Rollins.

To be sure, these adaptations of nursery rhymes serve to bring the historical significance of various jazz artists and their musical importance to a whole new crop of young people, and that’s absolutely priceless. It is my sincerest hope that you get this CD and share in the experience with your children. More to the point, this CD is not only just plain fun to listen to, but it is an invaluable tool one can use to spread the joy of jazz to a whole new generation.

Contact information:
The Mother Goose Jazz Band
518-869-4324
PO BOX 14914
Albany, NY 12212
joshmgjb124@aol.com

Just a little bit about some of the musicians:
* Over 10 years ago, composer, musician, and educator Josh Greenberg created the Mother Goose Jazz Band; he has been an elementary band teacher for over 20 years and hails from Albany, NY
* "Chris Brubeck first distinguished himself as a jazz musician, performing and recording with his father, the legendary Dave Brubeck. He plays bass, trombone, piano, guitar and sings and, in the past few decades, has earned international acclaim as composer, performer and leader of his own groups. On stage, Chris’ irrepressible enthusiasm is matched by his fluid command of jazz, blues, folk, funk, pop and classical musical styles." [excerpt from http://www.brubeckmusic.com/biography.html ]

* Laurel Massé is a founding member of The Manhattan Transfer. As stated in her bio from premonitionandmusic.com, she is "a vocalist of extraordinary range and ability. ...Masse can sing jazz standards with the best of them, reinvent instrumental classical repertory for the voice in a startlingly fresh way and infuse world and folk music repertoire with meaning as if she were born singing it."

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Danny A. Rubel) Big Band / Swing - CD Reviews Thu, 19 Sep 2002 13:00:00 -0500