George Gershwin
Morricone in the Brain: Blowing Your Mind with the Maestro
From Gershwin's Time: 1920-1945
Ennio Morricone

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Novelty ragtime actually developed in the 1920s, after jazz had already begun putting an end to ragtime's heyday. Novelty ragtime (sometimes referred to as novelty piano) was actually more sophisticated than standard ragtime, with its name coming from its comparatively off-kilter feel, not because it was goofy or disposable. Its mostly classically trained composers made greater use of chromaticism, and its more complex rhythmic syncopations and melodies demanded flashier technical displays from the pianists who performed in the style (in fact, novelty ragtime originated as a piano-roll form). Despite its more complicated musical embellishments, novelty ragtime was looser and more swinging than ragtime, especially in the way its melodies matched up with the underlying rhythms. Arguably the first novelty ragtime compositions appeared in 1921 in the form of "Kitten on the Keys" and "My Pet," both written by pianist Zez Confrey, generally acknowledged to be the style's most accomplished adherent. However, with the rise of the even harder-swinging stride piano style, novelty ragtime was largely forgotten.

Novelty Ragtime Artists Highlights

George Gershwin
George Gershwin
Ennio Morricone
Ennio Morricone
Dick Hyman
Dick Hyman

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Novelty Ragtime Album Highlights

Morricone in the Brain: Blowing Your Mind with the Maestro
Ennio Morricone
Morricone in the Brain: ...
From Gershwin's Time: 1920-1945
George Gershwin
From Gershwin's Time: ...
Whoop It Up!  Volume 1: 1927-1929
Clarence Williams
Whoop It Up! Volume 1: ...
Zez Confrey: Piano Rolls and Scores
Artis Wodehouse
Zez Confrey: Piano Rolls ...
Those Moaning Saxophones
Six Brown Brothers
Those Moaning Saxophones
Never Gonna Let You Go
Stacey Earle
Never Gonna Let You Go

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Novelty Ragtime Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Prelude No. 2 for Piano George Gershwin
Have You Ever Felt That Way?
Clarence Williams' Washboard Band
Me and the Man in the Moon Stacey Earle / Mark Stuart
King of the Bungaloos
Gene Greene
Bregeiro (Rio Brazilian Maxixe)
Joan Sawyer's Persian Garden Orchestra
Paddlin' Madeline Home
Harry Reser
Basin Street Blues
The Wind Blew Through His Whiskers Harry Reser
Mandy, Make Up Your Mind
Ruby Braff / Bob Wilber / Wayne Wright
One O'Clock Jump
Count Basie & His Orchestra / Count Basie Orchestra

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