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Chevy Chase New Rag Music Box Rag Harlem Rag (two step) Maple Leaf Rag Heliotrope Bouquet The Nonpareil (none to equal) Stoptime Rag The Easy Winners Hurricane Rag
|Instruments||Music and Musicians|
|Composer||Scott Joplin, Luckey Roberts, Tom Turpin, Louis Chauvin, Joseph Glover and Eubie Blake|
|Accompanist/ Conductor||William Zinn, 1st violin; Stanley Karpienia, 2nd violin; Vincent Liota, viola; Julius Ehrenwerth, cello|
Customer Reviews (3)
- "Enjoyable with Strings Attached"Review by Big Toots
You have to hand it to the late Marvin Hamlisch; by incorporating Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer” in the 1973 movie, “The Sting,” (for which he won an Academy Award for the song) the music of Joplin and others from that effervescent period in American music was revived and embraced across a broad audience. Subsequently, every type of musical ensemble from brass quintets to full symphony orchestras resurrected and started performing Joplin, et al. Thus, it’s no surprise to see this unique setting – a string quartet – dive into the Ragtime frenzy. And, for the greater part, it works fine.
With “Great Scott!” violinist William Zinn and his unique “Ragtime String Quartet” present ten Ragtime “hits” from Joplin, Eubie Blake, and some lesser-known Ragtime composers (Tom Turbin, Luckey Roberts and Joseph Glover). This is an engaging recording and overall a fun listening experience. The highly syncopated rhythms are completely infectious and Zinn and his team present the material well.
However, understand that a great chunk of the appeal of this genre is the no-holds-barred raucousness of it. That is something that appears somewhat lacking from these virtuoso players who are obviously accustomed to more precise environments. Remember that much of this “Good Time” music was performed in houses where “loose” was a behavioral necessity. Perhaps a little nip before this session might have unfettered Willie and the Boys. Similarly, the string quartet format has an inherent inability to generate significantly more intense volume (“The Hurricane”).
Zinn’s arrangements are superb in reflecting the Rag Masters material (“Maple Leaf Rag”). The charts have vibrancy, spirit and good humor (“Music Box Rag”) without sounding cartoonish. And, the team plays them with precision. The virtuosity of the players is unquestioned and readily apparent throughout the date, but with unnecessary tense teamwork (“The Nonpareil” “Stoptime Rag”).
“Great Scott! Giants of Ragtime” is a novelty certainly worth a listen. And, that is not a “Sting” by any means.
(Posted on 5/24/2015)
- Zinn's Ragtime String QuartetReview by Simon Sez
For this fun and colorful album, Zinn and his string quartet play songs by Joplin, Eubie Blake, Luckey Roberts, Tom Turpin and Joseph Glover (no, I never heard of him either!). Usually this music is played by a solo piano, so it is unique to hear a string quartet play these beautiful melodies. Maybe William Zinn should have been much better known after all!
Simon Sez: Zinn’s Ragtime String Quartet on Great Scott (CJ13) show that ragtime sounds even more colorful on violins than it does on piano.
(Posted on 5/6/2014)
- Review by Scott Yanow
Scott Joplin would have loved this album." (Posted on 6/12/2013)
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