John Remmers | Hand-Played Rags

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Hand-Played Rags

by John Remmers

Authentic classic ragtime piano solos by Scott Joplin, Joseph Lamb, Charles Johnson, and other greats of the ragtime era.
Genre: Jazz: Ragtime
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1. Pickles and Peppers (Shepherd)
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2. Texas Fox Trot (Guion)
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3:55 album only
3. Dixie Twilight (Johnson)
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2:38 album only
4. Something Doing (Joplin/Hayden)
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3:33 album only
5. The Alabama Slide (Johnson)
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2:04 album only
6. Bethena (Joplin)
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6:02 album only
7. Silver Star (Johnson)
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2:32 album only
8. Cottonfield Capers (O'Hare)
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2:45 album only
9. The Barber Pole Rag (Johnson)
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3:13 album only
10. Shake Yo' Dusters (Krell)
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2:52 album only
11. Contentment Rag (Lamb)
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2:56 album only
12. The Bee Hive Rag (Lamb)
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13. Pearl of the Harem (Guy)
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14. Gladiolus Rag (Joplin)
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15. Bohemia Rag (Lamb)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Ragtime has the distinction of being America's first homegrown popular music style. Even though its popularity peaked and waned a century ago, ragtime has had a profound influence on subsequent popular music genres. Today, ragtime is rewarding to listen to and fun to play, with an engaging freshness and complexity that has aged well. I've selected a few of my favorite ragtime compositions to share with you on this disc, ranging from well-known works by Scott Joplin to obscure gems by composers such as David Guion, Harry P. Guy, and William Christopher O'Hare.

The album title "Hand-Played Rags" is terminology borrowed from the paper piano rolls that operated the player pianos popular during the ragtime era. A "hand-played" roll was created by a live pianist, in contrast to "arranged" rolls produced by cutting holes in the paper using a knife and a ruler. The pieces on this album were all hand-played by myself on the Yamaha C1 grand piano in my living room and are presented here without artificial additions or corrections.

As to myself - I'm a retiree living in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I've been playing the piano since childhood and ragtime from the early 1970s and am a frequent featured performer at ragtime festivals around the United States.


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Bryan Wright

Wonderful!
This CD is a very welcome breath of fresh air. I always enjoy hearing John Remmers at festivals because he turns up the most interesting obscurities that no one else plays, and he performs them in a clean, straightforward (but very musical!) way that allows the pieces to speak for themselves. Although not as flashy as some of the festival headliners, John Remmers is one of my very favorite ragtime pianists today: his rhythms are solid, his dynamics interesting, and his variations from the printed score subtle and always very tasteful. I have owned this CD for nearly a year and I never tire of it. The recording quality is excellent (never a certainty with independent releases) and the whole thing has been beautifully packaged. Please, Mr. Remmers, record another CD soon!