Category: Ragtime

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  CD-SDL 117
Pianola Jazz

Early piano jazz & ragtime played on 65 and 88 note pianola rolls from 1895 to the 1920s.
  CD-SDL 132
Pianola Ragtime

Early piano jazz and ragtime from 1895 to1916 recorded from the original pianola rolls. A fine historical document of this fascinating genre with titles such as Temptation Rag, Rag-time Skedaddle, Wabash Blues, The Grizzly Bear Rag, Bow-wow Blues, Smokey Mokes, Panama Rag.
  CD-SDL 221
Too Much Mustard

This album presents ragtime as it was played by sophisticated professional musicians during the second decade of the twentieth-century, as distinct from the pianists from Missouri and Texas who were the founding-fathers of the form.; James Reese Europe was the first outstanding negro bandleader in the US forming in 1910 the Clef Club Orchestra, then Europe's Society Orchestra and soon after the entry of the United States into the first World War on April 6,1917, Lt. Europe was called on to form "the best brass band in the U.S. Army." This, known as the “Hell-Fighters”, was drawn from the 369th infantry Division,and saw active service in France during 1918. After the war, in February, 1919, the band returned to America and was a feature of the Victory Parade that welcomed home President Woodrow Wilson, the first American President to journey overseas.; Arthur Pryor was born in Missouri in 1873. He studied music as a lad, and became so proficient a trombonist that he secured a position as principal in the famous concert band conducted by the great John Philip Sousa. Before he was twenty-five Pryor was appointed assistant director of the band and indeed all its records which date back at their earliest to 1896-were made under his rather than Sousa's direction.
  CD-SDL 334
Cylinder Jazz

Another album in our Jazz series of transcriptions from early recordings, this time from phonograph cylinders. Hot ragtime and jazz from 1913-1926 with fourteen tracks including Hungarian Rag, Clarinet Squawk, Dardanella, Meadow Lark, Where's My Sweetie Hiding? Ain't She Sweet?
  CD-SDL 336
I'll Dance Till de Sun Breaks Through

A further re-release in our Jazz series and features ragtime, cakewalks & stomps from the original recordings 1898-1923. Twenty tracks including That Moaning Saxophone Rag, Alabama Skedaddle, Eli Green's Cake Walk, Trombone Sneeze, Wild Cherries Rag.
  CD-SDL 433
Rag Pickings
Fred Van Eps, Olly Oakley etc.

Recordings of banjo solos were tremendously popular both sides of the Atlantic prior to 1900 up to the 1930s. The sophisticated picking style had developed from the earlier strumming ('stroke') style associated with the blackface minstrels who performed in minstrel shows from the mid 19th century. Both the minstrels and their more sophisticated successors were whites and the earlier playing method grew out of the style believed to be close to that of the black slaves. The picking style requires the player to pick the strings with thumb and first two fingers of the right hand and great virtuosity was obtained by a number of players whose recordings proved very popular amongst white middle-class society in both USA and Britain. We feature three of these banjo greats here - two American and one English - with a couple of outstanding tracks by others.
  CD-SDL 436
Pleasures and Treasures

The Music Includes world music, traditional British music, early classical music on original instruments, novelty numbers, jazz, music hall, musical boxes, guitar quartets, saxophone quartet, brass group, viol consorts, choral music and chant, handbells and church bells, poetry and readings - from mediaeval times to the present day. This double album forms part of Saydisc’s 50th Anniversary celebration releases and is drawn from recordings made over the years from mono open reel recording to high quality stereo digital.