More Candy


(Rialto Records 6003):

Performed by the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, Rick Benjamin conductor.


“A very fulfilling and sufficiently varied collection, Rialto’s More Candy should seem sweet to the ears of those with a strong interest in ragtime music.”

– allmusic guide

MORE CANDY is the PRO’s celebration of some of the biggest hits from the early years of American pop music. Included are great rags, two steps, marches, one steps, foxtrots, and novelties, performed from the original orchestrations (i.e. orchestra sheet music) using antique instruments and authentic playing techniques. This CD features 25 numbers (68 minutes), including a several world premiere recordings: the original version of George Gershwin’s first hit “Swanee” (1919), and Jelly Roll Morton’s own 1915 “Jelly Roll Blues” (reputedly the first-ever jazz orchestration), among others. MORE CANDY was recorded in high-definition digital audio in historic 1857 Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts; the recorded sound is truly spectacular. This is without doubt one of the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra’s best recordings and an attractive refuge for your rock- and rap-weary ears!


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