Various Artists

Ragtime Piano Revival

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Very little ragtime was recorded by solo pianists during the music's prime years of popularity, and by the 1920s, jazz had supplanted ragtime altogether. This Folkways LP has examples of ragtime-influenced playing during the '40s, '50s, and '60s. The music ranges from a few fine performances by Wally Rose and Ralph Sutton to more commercial honky tonk records that are mostly slapdash and corny (including numbers featuring Joe "Fingers" Carr, Knuckles O'Toole, and Crazy Otto). Although not without interest, this collection is far from essential and does include a few real turkeys.