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Jazz, Early
New World
January 26, 2018

Format: Compact Disc



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Rick Benjamin (conductor) says of this recording:

"This is the third volume of Paragon Ragtime Orchestra recordings documenting the music of important African-American composers from late 19th- and early 20th-century New York City.

The inspiration for this effort came about twenty-five years ago, when I read James Weldon Johnson's Black Manhattan (1930), a fascinating chronicle of the city's black artistic life from the Victorian era to the Harlem Renaissance. I came to Johnson's volume after finishing Eileen Southern's The Music of Black Americans (1971), a wider-ranging academic work, but a no less revealing one. After reading these books I was excited to listen to the music they had described. But this was problematic: I discovered remarkably few available recordings of historic African-American music, and even fewer to represent New York's pioneering black composers. This inability to actually experience a considerable span of our musical heritage was a void that needed to be filled. Clearly it was time for a carefully curated new recording of first-rate performances played from authentic scores.

Fifteen years and three Black Manhattan volumes later, [the first was issued in 2003], we have recorded three and a half hours of this previously neglected music: sixty pieces by thirty-two outstanding African-American composers, spanning the seminal years of the 1870s to the early 1920s. It is our hope that these efforts have started to close this gap in America's cultural memory. Our even greater hope is that these recordings will enable the world to rediscover this magnificent music and the gifted, spirited, and persevering people who gave it to us." - Rick Benjamin, conductor, Paragon Ragtime Orchestra.

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Key Value
Catalogue number NW80795
Barcode 0093228079521
Number of items 1
Packaging type Jewel Case
Imported No
Weight 100g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 142mm x 15mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Pork & Beans Rag -
2. I’m Just Wild About Harry -
3. The Dancing Deacon: Clef Club Fox-Trot -
4. Jewel Of The Big Blue Nile -
5. We’ll Raise The Roof To-Night -
6. “Chant” From The Bandana Sketches -
7. Dear Old Southland -
8. Wall Street ‘Rag' -
9. Oh Dem Golden Slippers -
10. In The Baggage Coach Ahead -
11. Love Will Find A Way -
12. Overture To My Friend From Kentucky -
13. Royal Garden Blues -
14. The Tremolo Trot -
15. Just One Word Of Consolation -
16. After You’ve Gone -
17. Delicioso: Tango Aristocratico -
18. The Zoo-Step -
19. The Slow Drag Blues -
20. Ianthia March -
21. I’m Goin’ Home -
22. Lift Every Voice And Sing -