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From pianola rolls, 78’s and phonographic cylinders


SAYDISC CDSDL 451 [77:30]

1. Skip Along (Cakewalk) pianola roll [3:28]

2. Pussyfoot March James “Slap Rags” White [2:20]

3. Sunflower Dance Vess L. Ossman, banjo [2:43]

4. When It’s Night Time In Italy Casino Dance Orchestra [2:49]

5. Maple Leaf Rag 65 Note, Starr Piano Co. [2:38]

6. Whistling Rufus Polyphon Disc Musical Box [2:20]

7. That Moaning Saxophone Rag Six Brown Brothers [2:18]

8. Banjo Frolic Fred Van Eps, banjo [2:47]

9. Rag-time Skedaddle 65 Note Orchestrelle [2:27]

10. Charleston Savoy Orpheans [3:08]

11. Ross Double Shuffle E. Ross, banjo [3:02]

12. French Trot Victor Ardley, 65 Note, QRS roll [2:44]

13. Too Much Mustard Europe’s Society Orchestra [4:02]

14. Alabama Dream (Cakewalk) 65 Note Orchestrelle [2:59]

15. Camptown Carnival Oily Oakley, banjo [3:04]

16. Smiles and Chuckles (Jazz Rag) F. Henri Klickman [2:19]

17. 1915 Rag 88 Note Perfecta roll [2:48]

18. Mon Paris Jay Whidden Band [2:41]

19. Poppies Joe Roberts, banjo [3:41]

20. Florida Rag 65 note Chase & Baker [2:25]

21. Dardanella Harry Raderman’s Jazz Orchestra [3:16]

22. Come Back To Georgia Art Hickman & His Orchestra [2:56]

23. Ragtime Oriole 65 note Triumph roll [2:14]

24. Meadow Lark Duke Yellman & His Orchestra [3:43]

25. Slippery Place Rag Arthur Pryor’s Band [3:00]

26. Panama Rag 65 note Orchestrelle 2:24]

27. Eli Green’s Cake Walk Cullen & Collins, banjos [2:12]


The early days of jazz music featured a dazzling variety of cake walks, minstrel numbers, syncopated folk songs, band marches, ragtime and dance music. This disc features 27 assorted tunes from the dawn of jazz.

One of the earliest numbers is Eli’s Cake Walk, written by Sadie Konisky, an American composer and music teacher. Sadie was only 16 when she wrote the music, and it became the first cakewalk ever published by a female composer. Originally written for piano, the lively version featured here was recorded by banjo-duo Cullen and Collins in 1898 on an 8 ½ inch flat disk. Whistling Rufus is a popular cakewalk composed by Kerry Mills in the 1890’s, and has been recorded as a march, a polka, a rag, a fiddle tune, and even by folk and bluegrass artists. The sweet version featured here appears on the Polyphon Disc Music Box, created by Polyphon Musicwerke company in Wahren, Germany, once the world’s largest manufacturer of music boxes. George Barnard was a bandleader from Michigan who composed over 400 tunes and orchestral works. In 1899 he wrote Alabama Dream, a glorious, strutting ragtime cakewalk that is still popular today. It appears in this collection on a 65-note Orchestrelle music roll. The Six Brown Brothers were a well-known Canadian saxophone sextet and vaudeville act that often appeared wearing clown costumes. They recorded Pussyfoot March in 1916 for Victor on 78 rpm 10-inch disc in a fox trot tempo, and the slower That Moaning Saxophone Rag earlier in 1914, highlighted by moaning saxophone glissandos. Ragtime Oriole was composed by James Scott in 1911 and first published in 1916. This marvelously syncopated piece was one of his most popular rags, and one of the first rags to use bird calls. It is performed here on a 65-note Triumph 8090 music roll. Another song featuring bird whistles is Meadow Lark, a popular tune composed by Ted Fiorito and Hal Keidel and performed by Duke Yellman and his Orchestra. It was recorded in 1926 on a Blue Amberol phonograph cylinder. James Reese Europe was an American musician and bandleader who led Europe’s Society Orchestra, a ragtime band and the first African-American dance band to be recorded. In 1913 the group recorded Too Much Mustard, a vigorous turkey trot performed in quick time for the Victor label. One of my favorites is Dardenella, composed by Felix Bernard and Johnny Black. Harry Raderman’s Jazz Orchestra recorded the classic tune in 1920 on phonograph cylinder, and the mysterious Turkish melody is still as beautiful a century later.

This music was compiled from previously-released Saydisc albums. A 12-booklet with interesting comments and credits is included. This disc was previously reviewed by Jonathan Woolf. EARLY HOT JAZZ AND RAGTIME : Jazz CD Reviews - 2019 MusicWeb International (

Bruce McCollum

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