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Ragtime Guitar - 3 CD Set

  • Ragtime Guitar - 3 CD Set
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    Ragtime Guitar: 3 CD Combo

    The Entertainer:

    featuring Ton Van Bergeyk, Leo Wijnkamp Jr., Jim McLennan, Bob Evans, Tim Nicolai, David Laibman & Dick Fegy

    The 1960s ragtime revival was the coming of age of a generation of fingerpicking guitarists. In ragtime, they found a music that was vastly challenging, great fun to play, and one that adapted well to the instrument. These were, for the most part, players who had taken up the guitar during the '60s folk revival and learned how to fingerpick Elizabeth Cotten or John Hurt tunes and were looking for more demanding material. Ragtime more than filled the bill - even 'easy' guitar ragtime is a workout.

    The first guitar ragtime recording, by Dave Laibman and Eric Schoenberg, was released in the late 60s and shows how high a level of skill young fingerpickers had reached in their attempts to master the idiom. This present collection features arrangements by a slightly younger Europeans inspired by Laibman, Schoenberg and Stefan Grossman. The Swedish team of Johansson and Palmqvist are possibly the most accomplished guitar duo to play ragtime. As with tennis, playing duos requires a particular skill.

    Two Dutch soloists are presented here - Ton Van Bergeyk and Leo Wijnkamp Jr. - two of the finest fingerpicking virtuosi of the day. The United Kingdom is represented by Welshman John James, who has gone on to a very active career on the British folk scene and Englishman Ton Engels, who has, like most of the performers here, gone off into other pursuits. This is also true of the fine Canadian guitarist, Jim McLennan. Dick Fegy has remained very much on the scene as David Bromberg's most dependable bandmember over the years, playing mandolin, fiddle, banjo, and acoustic and electric guitars. He is also a first-rate solo fingerpicker, as you will hear. He must toss off Paganini encores in his spare time

    Track Listing: (click on tracks for mp3 sound samples)

    1. The Entertainer* - Jim McLennan 
    2. Magnetic Rag* - Ton Van Bergeyk 
    3. Paragon Rag* - Tim Nicolai 
    4. Heliotrope Bouquet* - Jim McLennan 
    5. Scott Joplin Medley: Fig Leaf Rag/Bethena - A Concert Waltz/ Maple Leaf Rag* - Bob Evans 
    6. Sycamore - A Concert Rag* - Leo Wijnkamp Jr. 
    7. Kismet Rag* - Dick Fegy 
    8. Wall Street RagDavid Laibman 

    Those tunes marked with a star (*) are included in the tab/music PDF booklet on this CD.
    You will need Adobe Acrobat (a free download) to open and print this file from your computer.

    Masters of the Ragtime Guitar- Echoes From the Snowball Club:

    featuring Lasse Johansson, Duck Baker, Ton Van Bergeyk, Tim Nicolai & Claes Palmqvist

    Ragtime guitar is one of the most exciting and complex styles for a guitarist to master. The techniques involved can become very complicated and for a novice these can sometimes interfere with the spirit of the music. But in the hands of a talented and experienced guitarist this music can capture a unique texture as well as being one of the most rhythmic and attractive musical forms known. This album presents four of the leading exponents of ragtime guitar. Their approach to ragtime differs, yet each one manages to capture that all important element called "feel."

    Duck Baker's playing on his nylon strung flamenco guitar has excited audiences throughout Europe, Japan and America. He brings an energetic spirit to each tune that he plays. His right hand technique coupled with the use of a flamenco guitar creates a strong and rhythmic sound.

    Tim Nicolai also uses a nylon strung guitar though his technique is more classical oriented. His rendition of Solace - A Mexican Serenade demonstrates clearly how well classic rags can be adapted to a classical guitar approach. The shades and tones of Tim's arrangements show a gentleness and true understanding for the music.

    Likewise the Dutch Wizard, Ton Van Bergeyk brings his own touch and humor to two original ragtime oriented instrumentals. Ton's command of the steel string guitar is very impressive. His arrangements combine many elements and clearly show his love for the music of Scott Joplin to Glenn Miller! Ton has recorded several solo albums on as well as being heavily featured on the album I Got Rhythm (SGGW133).

    Lasse Johansson adds another approach to ragtime guitar with his four solos. His version of Creole Belles is very interesting and demonstrates how successfully a brass band arrangement can be adapted to the guitar. It is also interesting to hear this composition as one of the sections has become very popular through the playing and recordings of Mississippi John Hurt.

    Lasse's duets with Claes Palmqvist are fine examples of the art of duet guitar arrangements. Together they have created delicate and yet spirited version of two well known rags. Both arrangements are highly successful and each adds a different dimension to their collaborations.

    This collection is an exciting tour de force in ragtime guitar. Duck, Ton, Tim, Claes and Lasse are truly masters of this style. And as usual the guitar players who are eager to try to pick up these tunes will have a happy time with the PDF tab/music booklet that has been prepared to go along with this project and can be found on the CD. This booklet presents many of the tunes played.

    Track Listing: (click on tracks for mp3 sound samples)

    1. Original Dixieland One-Step* - Lasse Johansson
    2. Chromatic Rag* - Lasse Johansson & Claes Palmquist
    3. Bull Frog Blues* - Tim Nicolai
    4. R.A.F. Shuffle* - Ton Van Bergeyk
    5. Cleopatra RagDuck Baker
    6. Russian Rag* - Lasse Johansson
    7. Solace - A Mexican Serenade* - Tim Nicolai
    8. Creole Belles* - Lasse Johansson
    9. Heliotrope Bouquet* - Lasse Johansson & Claes Palmquist
    10. Patricia RagDuck Baker
    11. Light and Bitter* - Ton Van Bergeyk
    12. Smiles and Chuckles* - Tim Nicolai
    13. Echoes From The Snowball Club* - Lasse Johansson

    Those tunes marked with a star (*) are included in the tab/music PDF booklet on this CD.
    You will need Adobe Acrobat (a free download) to open and print this file from your computer.

    School of Ragtime - Ten Classic Rags for Guitar by Scott Joplin:

    featuring Duck Baker, Lasse Johansson, Ton Engels, John James & Tim Nicolai

    In the early 1960's guitar players from the cities started to tackle arranging classic rags onto the guitar. Prior to this period there was no recorded evidence of guitarists attempting to do this. At the turn of the century Vess Ossman and Fred Van Eps successfully transcribed classic rags for the five-string banjo. But the role of the guitar was dormant until David Laibman and Dave Van Ronk started to experiment with these ideas.

    This album presents ten Scott Joplin classic ragtime arrangements. They illustrate the fascinating approach that a guitar can take when playing ragtime. Plus they are great challenges for guitarists to master. In the world of fingerpicking these type of instrumentals are left for the "advanced pickers."

    Track Listing: (click on tracks for mp3 sound samples)

    1. Maple Leaf Rag - Duck Baker
    2. Solace - A Mexican Serenade - Lasse Johansson & Claes Palmqvist
    3. Nonpareil (None To Equal) - Ton Engels
    4. The Favourite - Lasse Johansson
    5. The Strenous Life - Ton Engels
    6. The Rosebud March - John James
    7. Eugenia - Lasse Johansson & Claes Palmqvist
    8. Weeping Willow - Ton Engels
    9. Scott Joplin�s New Rag - Tim Nicolai
    10. Elite Snycopations - Ton Engels

    All tunes are included in the tab/music PDF booklet on this CD.
    You will need Adobe Acrobat (a free download) to open and print this file from your computer.

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