Scott Joplin

Ragtime, Vol. 1

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Scott Joplin, who was accurately called the king of ragtime composers, unfortunately never recorded, passing away in 1917. However, he did cut around 59 piano rolls during the 1896-1916 period, most of which have been released on LPs if not CDs, including a series by the Biograph label. The French Jazz Anthology company came out with 23 of the rags on a pair of LPs. The first album features a dozen rags that approximate how Joplin must have sounded. Among the tunes are an 1899 version of "Maple Leaf Rag," "Cascades," "Fig Leaf Rag" and "Felicity Rag."