Martin Spitznagel | Tricky Fingers

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Tricky Fingers

by Martin Spitznagel

Hailed as "remarkable, exhausting, and utterly astonishing," Martin Spitznagel, composer and pianist, performs the music of Eubie Blake, Scott Joplin, Billy Mayerl, George Gershwin, and others on this stunning debut CD.
Genre: Jazz: Ragtime
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1. Tricky Fingers
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2. Theresa Novelette
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3. Space Shuffle
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4. Heliotrope Bouquet
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5. Kitchen Tom
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6. Loose Elbows
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7. Charleston Rag
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8. Rhapsody in Ragtime
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9. A Novice Novelty
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10. Ace of Clubs
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11. Elite Syncopations
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12. Baltimore Todolo
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13. Euphonic Sounds
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14. Maple Leaf Rag
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15. Red Elephant Rag
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16. Swipesy Cakewalk
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17. Swanee
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18. Tricky Fingers (Scherzo)
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Album Notes

Do NOT play this CD if you are in a sad mood—and want to remain sad.
Do NOT play this recording if you don’t want to smile, continually.
Avoid this album if you like bland, boring, by-the-book renditions of the familiar.
Put this CD away if your favorite color is plaid.

DO play this CD if you prefer your ragtime powerful, vigorous, robust, energetic, and full of the surprises and energy of youth, for this young man approaches Ragtime with the vitality, strength, enthusiasm, gusto, and spirit that it deserves. His playing is nothing short of remarkable, exhausting, and utterly astonishing.

DO play this CD if you want to shake your head in utter amazement at Martin’s exuberance and unbridled joy—you can see his fingers dance across the keys. You know Eubie is smiling.

BE prepared to be dazzled by this extraordinary display of digital dexterity, but also by the moments of tenderness and sweetness.

Martin does indeed have tricky fingers, but more importantly, he has the love and respect for this music that this recording (and his live performances) reveal totally, sincerely, effortlessly, and completely.

Bravo, Martin!

-Tony Caramia
Professor of Piano,
Eastman School of Music


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Jean-Clément Massé

Wonderful and efficient
Martin Spitznagel has a particular way of playing since he makes many arrangments. As N.Fierro said in another review of this CD, listening to Martin is refreshing and he offers new sights on the pieces he plays. It is wonderful !

Richard Dowling

Not a trick, just pure talent!
Martin Spitznagel is a truly extraordinary and amazing pianist. The only disappointment about a Spitznagel recording is that you can't SEE him playing. That in itself is also an amazing experience to behold. All of his humor, love, and genuinely kind personality come through in his playing. That's why it's such a joy to hear him make music.


Terrific and Talented Fingers
Refreshing, irresistible performances. A very talented young man in composition as well. Love the album.