The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra (finally) Plays ‘The Entertainer’


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(Rialto Records 6005):

Performed by the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, Rick Benjamin conductor.


“…to use the parlance of the era, this Rialto disc is ‘tops’: the PRO’s use of period percussion and its greater understanding of the underlying rhythmic punctuations of this music
even exceeds that of the New England Conservatory Ragtime Ensemble of old.
Moreover, these orchestral performances are more relaxed, lightly swinging
and possessed of greater period charm than most others of their kind.”

– allmusic guide


With this 72 minute disc, the PRO pays rousing tribute to the “classic” rags of Scott Joplin and his disciples Joseph F. Lamb, Arthur Marshall, and James Scott. Included are favorites like the “Maple Leaf Rag” and “The Entertainer,” along with the world premiere recordings of seven original early 1900s orchestrations which were only recently discovered. Complimenting the music is a whimsical 12-page, full color booklet created by the noted artist and ragtime scholar Chris Ware. A trove of rare photos, period illustrations, and score excerpts, this booklet reveals fascinating new information on Scott Joplin based on recent, cutting-edge research. Beautifully played and handsomely recorded, this CD is a highlight of Paragon’s distinguished 38-year career as leading performers of Scott Joplin’s music. Recorded in the legendary 1857 Mechanics Hall, this is a genuine “must have” disc for both the casual listener and the seasoned ragtime enthusiast.

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