Allan Jaffe | Rags For Guitar

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Rags For Guitar

by Allan Jaffe

Imaginative arrangements of original and classic rags for guitar: a meeting of Scott Joplin, Mississippi John Hurt and Leo Kottke.
Genre: Blues: Guitar Blues
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1. Sunburst Rag
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2. Ragtime Nightingale
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3. Maple Leaf Rag
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4. Al's Slow Rag
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5. Barber Pole Rag
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6. The Entertainer
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7. Frog Legs Rag
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8. Topliner Rag
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9. Delta Rag
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10. Grace and Beauty
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11. Dill Pickles
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12. American Beauty Rag
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13. Heliotrope Bouquet
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14. Joplin Rag
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Guitarist/Composer Allan Jaffe has performed in a multitude of different situations, from being a sideman to such jazz greats at Maceo Parker, Julius Hemphill, co-leading the avant-funk band, Slickaphonics, to performing with the Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown. As a composer he has written an opera and two musicals, as well as many songs for guitar and voice. However, it is with his rags for guitar that he unites his penchant for beautiful melodies and harmonies with an understated guitar virtuosity. Jaffe’s sound on the acoustic guitar is big and bell-like, and the clarity of his execution of his own original rags and his arrangements of piano ragtime classics belies the complexity of these pieces. Combining the right-hand technique of a classical player with a blues feel and jazz harmonies, Jaffe has created with his rags a unique musical statement on the guitar. At the beginning of th 20th century, ragtime became the first American musical fad. With this CD, Jaffe takes these classic pieces, adds a few of his own, and ushers us into the 21st century with a new and exciting sound.

The sheet music on this CD is available in the Hal Leonard Publication “Ragtime Guitar” by Allan Jaffe. For a list of distributors go to www.halleonard.com.


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Przemek Draheim, Polish Blues Radio Host, www.blues.pl/draheim

A fabulous disc!
I am impressed with what I see and hear with “Rags For Guitar”. The packing of the album is classy and stylish with inside booklet being interesting and informative. The music itself is simply beautiful. I am happy that Allan has decided to focus on rags as they are not too popular today but they deserve to be kept alive. But with his suggestive but gentle guitar picking he is doing much more than just playing music that shouldn’t be forgotten – Allan makes it sound fresh and I am sure he will turn many new fans to rags. All in all, “Rags For Guitar” have all the qualities of a CD released by a big and audiophile company with intimacy of a home recording. A fabulous disc!

Keith Peterson

Sensitivity and Vitality
"Rags for Guitar" opened my eyes to what a guitar can do when it comes to interpreting classic ragtime, at least when the music is arranged and performed by someone as skilled as Allan Jaffee apparently is. The arrangements emphasize the guitar's strengths as an instrument and enrich the harmonizations, and Mr. Jaffee's performances prove that ragtime can be a living art form, instead of a museum exhibit. That's a sorry cliche, but how else can I express it?