Ragtime largely died with Scott Joplin in 1917 as jazz quickly rose to prominence. However after nearly 60 years mostly in obscurity, ragtime had a revival when the popular film The Sting was released in 1974. David Thomas Roberts was familiar with the art form as a child in the late '50s and by the late '70s was developing into one of the top ragtime composers of the modern era. This collector's LP features 17 of his best compositions, including "Roberto Clemente" (his best-known work), "Madison Heights Girl" (influenced by country string band music), "Rock Island," "For Molly Kaufmann" and "Pinelands Memoir." This significant date is well worth searching for and will hopefully reappear on CD someday.
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