Starting in the 1970s and accelerating in the '90s, ragtime made a comeback, with many talented new composers writing for the once nearly extinct music. Pianist Brian Keenan plays six of his melodic, wistful, and thoughtful pieces on this CD along with one song apiece from fellow ragtime composers Jack Rummel and John Hancock, plus Ernesto Nazareth's tango "Plangente." The music is charming and very much in the classic ragtime tradition, with many fresh folk melodies and picturesque sections.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow