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  1. The Entertainer
  2. Maple Leaf Rag
  3. Everything's Cool
  4. Hidden Hues
  5. From Rags to Riches
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  1. The Entertainer
  2. Maple Leaf Rag
  3. Everything's Cool
  4. Hidden Hues
  5. From Rags to Riches
  6. The Easy Winners
  7. Bethena's Waltz
  8. Play What You Hear
  9. Play What's Written
  10. The Joy of Joplin
  11. Magnetic Rag
  12. Elite Syncopation
  13. Before the Party Begins
  14. After the Party Is Over
  15. Gladiolus Rag
  16. A Real Slow Drag
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This is an odd solo piano recital by Marcus Roberts that is sure to upset ragtime purists. Instead of really conveying "the joy of Scott Joplin," Roberts merely uses some of the ragtime composer's melodies as vehicles for his own improvising. The results are often quite jarring, as Roberts feels free to change notes in the themes, alter the speeds, and just use chordal improvising. In addition to eight of Joplin's songs, Roberts contributed eight of his own that mostly have little to do with the structure of ragtime. ...

The Joy of Joplin 1998, Sony Music Distribution

UPC: 074646055427

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