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The PARAGON RAGTIME ORCHESTRA is the world’s only year-round, professional ensemble re-creating “America’s Original Music” – the syncopated sounds of early musical theater, silent cinema, and vintage dance. The PRO came into being as the result of Rick Benjamin’s 1985 discovery of thousands of turn-of-the-century orchestra scores once belonging to Victrola ... Read more in Amazon's Paragon Ragtime Orchestra Store

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  • Performer: Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, Rick Benjamin
  • Audio CD (November 25, 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New World Records
  • ASIN: B0000UJM5Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,479 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Castle Perfect Trot
2. Carolina Fox Trot
3. Overture to "In Dahomey"
4. Deep River
5. Sambo: A Characteristic Two Step March
6. When the Band Plays Ragtime
7. Castle House Rag
8. Smyrna: A Turkish Serenade
9. Ballin' the Jack & What It Takes to Make Me Love You-You've Got It
10. Meno D'Amour
11. Hey There! (Hi There!)
12. The Tar Heel Blues Rag
13. Congratulations
14. Strut Miss Lizzie
15. Panama: A Characteristic Novelty
16. The Clef Club March
17. Under the Bamboo Tree
18. Cocoanut Grove Jazz
19. Swing Along!

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By AfroAmericanHeritage on February 22, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This CD captures all the energy and optimism of the early Harlem Renaissance...you'll think you've been transported back in time.
Ragtime music is probably most familiar to people through two contemporary movies: The Sting, which brought Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer" to public awareness, and Ragtime, with a score by Randy Newman. In my opinion, Newman's score pales in comparison with these originals. The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra faithfully interprets original orchestral scores of composers like James Reese Europe and Will Marion Cook so if, like me, you're used to hearing this music on scratchy old mono recordings, you're in for a real treat.
It's easy to see why this music took the country by storm at the turn of the century...I played this CD three times the first night I got it, because it captivated me. There's not a song here I don't like and there's such a good mixture of styles that it doesn't become repetitive.
As with all releases from New World Records, this one includes a booklet packed with historical and biographical information. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Curator, AfroAmericanHeritage dot com
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By PHILIPPE VANDENBOSSCHE on February 3, 2005
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Yes, why is it so difficult to find this outstanding record when I look under Paragon Ragtime Orchestra"... it's another gem of those 1900-maniacs! Well, SPECIALISTS sounds maybe a little more polite. And I love those extensive liner notes: we get lots of entertainment and information at the same time! All of a sudden, the efforts of today's popular musicians to mess around with heavy and sempre out-of-balance P.A. equipment seem so useless... hahaha!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. J. LHerault on March 8, 2013
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The band is top notch and the music is wonderful. This band knows the style of the period and stick to it. The composers were some of the best of their era. It is great to hear their works recorded on a modern medium.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James A Taub on February 17, 2013
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In the first place, it's different. It's different because it covers a musical period and a musical group that is almost unknown or at least, passed over. My previous experience or knowledge of the Castles almost completely excludes the group that for several years provided their music and obviously contributed to their success.
In addition, the music of the Clef group is ragtime played by an instrumental group rather than the piano featured in most "ragtime" slections. In other words it helps fill in the void between the ragtime piano of Joplin, Lamb and Scott and the tin pan alley "pop" ragtime titles that so often were only for their titles.
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2 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Aunt Charlotte on June 7, 2007
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The title of the CD indicates that these are recordings made by such greats as James Reese Europe--they are actually rather bland modern re-recordings. Look for the originals--they do exist--and bypass this flat second-generation rehashing.
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