Various Artists

They All Played the Tiger Rag

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This Folkways sampler is quite unusual for it is comprised of 14 different versions of the uptempo stomp "Tiger Rag." In adition to Jelly Roll Morton (heard demonstrating the song's evolution on his Library of Congress recordings), versions by The Original Dixieland Jazz Band, the New Orleans Rhythm Kings, the Wolverines (with Bix Beiderbecke), Earl Hines, Paul Howard's Quality Serenaders, Charles Dornberger's Orchestra, Bennie Moten, Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, the Benny Goodman Trio, Ozzie Nelson's big band and a truly remarkable solo piano rendition by Art Tatum are included. Since quite a few of these recordings are now considered classics, this unique album is well worth acquiring by fans of early jazz and of "Tiger Rag."