David Thomas Roberts

The Collected Brun Campbell

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Brun Campbell was rare among the early ragtime composers in that his piano playing was documented on albums late in his life. The Euphonic label released two LPs of Campbell performing during 1945-1949. Five decades later, David Thomas Roberts studied Campbell's music very closely and recorded The Collected Brun Campbell, a full-length CD of Campbell pieces. The one exception to the Campbell material is Scott Joplin's "Maple Leaf Rag," which is recorded in Campbell's style. In fact, the whole set sounds very much like Campbell, capturing his occasional eccentricities, the way he accelerated pieces, and the beauty of his folk ragtime originals. Since Roberts is a major ragtime composer himself, this is quite a tribute, reviving high-quality and obscure gems from the early part of the century. Highly recommended to fans of ragtime and early jazz piano.

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