Adam Swanson | On a Circular Staircase

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On a Circular Staircase

by Adam Swanson

Adam's first CD for Rivermont Records, featuring ragtime and other early American popular music.
Genre: Jazz: Ragtime
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1. Mo' Lasses
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2. Kitten on the Keys
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3. Buffet-Flat Blues
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4. On a Circular Staircase
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5. Three O'Clock in the Morning
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6. Wailana Rag Two-Step
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7. The Pea Picker
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8. Williams's Rag
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9. Sweet Georgia Brown
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10. A Ragtime Nightmare
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11. Medley: Yellow Dog Blues/Easy Rider
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12. Bohemia Rag
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13. Bluin' the Black Keys
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14. St. Louis Blues
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15. Handful of Keys
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16. Hallelujah!
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17. Anitra's Dance
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18. Space Shuffle
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Swanson has established something of a reputation for unearthing rare ragtime gems; on this CD as in live performances, he juxtaposes classics like Zez Confrey's "Kitten on the Keys" with seldom-heard treasures such as Charley Thompson's "Buffet-Flat Blues" and Paul Pratt's lively "Wailana Rag Two-Step." The program features many of the "barnburners" Swanson is famous for: Arthur Schutt's tricky novelty "Bluin' the Black Keys," Donald Lambert's magnificent stride arrangement of Edvard Grieg's "Anitra's Dance" from the Peer Gynt Suite, and Robin Frost's astounding "Space Shuffle." Among of the highlights of the disc is the premiere recording of a lost ragtime composition by Arthur Marshall, "The Pea Picker."

The accompanying full-color 12-page booklet features extensive notes by the artist, rare photographs, reproductions of original sheet music covers, and a special introduction by Johnny Maddox. 51 minutes.

Adam Swanson, who currently attends Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, is rapidly becoming known as one of the world’s foremost performers and historians of ragtime and early American popular music. Although he is only twenty-one years old, he has been a featured performer and lecturer at ragtime and jazz festivals across the United States. Adam is the youngest three-time winner of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest, held in Peoria, Illinois. In 2007, he appeared alongside the late John Arpin at the Bohem Ragtime and Jazz Festival in the Republic of Hungary and has also toured Switzerland. Adam made his New York debut in Carnegie Hall at the age of nineteen, where he performed with multi-platinum-selling artist Michael Feinstein. Recently, Adam was invited to perform at the prestigious Cinecon Classic Film Festival at Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. He has had the opportunity to meet and perform for such stars as Rose Marie (The Dick Van Dyke Show), ragtime pianist Max Morath, child star Jane Withers, film critic Leonard Maltin, and noted Disney/Hollywood composer Richard M. Sherman (Mary Poppins). In November, Adam will be making his first appearance at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage in Washington, D.C.

Adam enjoys working with other musicians and has recorded albums with pianist Frederick Hodges, former rock star Ian Whitcomb, and legendary 1950s pianist and recording artist Johnny Maddox, who is one of Adam’s greatest influences. Adam performs every summer in the Diamond Belle Saloon at the historic Strater Hotel in Durango, Colorado, where he is the musical director for the annual Durango Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival, which he helped establish in 2013. He has studied piano with Waleed Howrani, a graduate of the Moscow State Conservatory, and is now in his fourth year of college under the tutelage of Dr. Lisa Campi, a graduate of the Eastman School of Music. Adam is also an avid rail-fan, and he collects antique sheet music, records, and piano rolls. Visit Adam online: www.adamgswanson.com.


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Douglas Cole


I love this CD I have it in the nuber one slot of my eight disk CD changer in my truck. Adam is one of the finest pianist I have heard play ragtime. I have watched him on youtube he is incredible I intend to purchase his other works soon.

rd rockett

ragtime in its glory!
The greatesr, ragtime you can hear.