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Fluffy Ruffle Girls Original recording reissued

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This disc is more than the sum of its parts. The women ragtime composers sampled in this anthology weren't geniuses, and their pieces are seldom as memorable as those of Joplin, Lamb, or Scott. Even the rags of Mary Auferheide, who provided the title of the collection, are more amusing than entrancing. Yet for anyone who has explored the delights of ragtime beyond its few best-known names, these brief piano pieces are as charming and entertaining as many pieces by better-known men. Is Virginia Eskin--who plays with style and sensitivity--trying to make a point with this music about the neglect of women's artistic efforts? Well, she does that, along with providing an anthology that will stick in your memory for its collective impact more than for any single piece ... except, perhaps, for the two contemporary rags by Judith Lang Zaimont, who combines classic style with more contemporary harmonies to extremely good effect. --Leslie Gerber

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Women In Ragtime - Fluffy Ruffle Girls: Fluffy Ruffle Girls Rag
  2. Women In Ragtime - Fluffy Ruffle Girls: Novelty Rag
  3. Women In Ragtime - Fluffy Ruffle Girls: A Totally DIfferent Rag
  4. Women In Ragtime - Fluffy Ruffle Girls: Possum Rag
  5. Women In Ragtime - Fluffy Ruffle Girls: The Richmond Rag
  6. Women In Ragtime - Fluffy Ruffle Girls: Horseshoe Rag
  7. Women In Ragtime - Fluffy Ruffle Girls: Eatin' Time
  8. Women In Ragtime - Fluffy Ruffle Girls: Reflective Rag
  9. Women In Ragtime - Fluffy Ruffle Girls: That Poker Rag
  10. Women In Ragtime - Fluffy Ruffle Girls: Sleepy Lou
  11. Women In Ragtime - Fluffy Ruffle Girls: The Thriller!
  12. Women In Ragtime - Fluffy Ruffle Girls: Dusty Rag
  13. Women In Ragtime - Fluffy Ruffle Girls: Red Rambler Rag
  14. Women In Ragtime - Fluffy Ruffle Girls: Black Feather Two-Step
  15. Women In Ragtime - Fluffy Ruffle Girls: Red Peppers
  16. Women In Ragtime - Fluffy Ruffle Girls: Buzzer Rag
  17. Women In Ragtime - Fluffy Ruffle Girls: Piffle Rag
  18. Women In Ragtime - Fluffy Ruffle Girls: Hoosier Rag
  19. Women In Ragtime - Fluffy Ruffle Girls: Dish Rag
  20. Women In Ragtime - Fluffy Ruffle Girls: Judy's Rag
  21. Women In Ragtime - Fluffy Ruffle Girls: Chicken Chowder
  22. Women In Ragtime - Fluffy Ruffle Girls: That Tired Rag
  23. Women In Ragtime - Fluffy Ruffle Girls: Pickles And Peppers


Product Details

  • Performer: Virginia Eskin
  • Audio CD (May 18, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Koch Int'l Classics
  • ASIN: B00000IYNJ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #715,069 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A very good recording of rarely recorded works and I glad to have it. It is good for people like me who are not ragtime fanatics but do want to dig a little deeper into the era than another round of Scott Joplin. It has the benefits of modern technology (clean sound) and deficits of generic pianism (played as if for a formal recital, or even a contest jury, without even a whiff of the sporting house origins of the genre). I prefer the middle of the road, technically clean but leaning away from the studio and the concert hall, as represented by Richard Zimmerman, Sue Keller and Perfessor Bill. There are some others who inject more "flavor", speed and a really rinky tink instrument as well to come off like authentic era mechanical pianos but are still fun to have around.

My bone to pick with Virginia Eskin is her wearing a feminist revisionist agenda on her sleeve (and her front, back and forehead as well it appears). It is admirable to give exposure to a worthy body of neglected work, the approximate cream of ragtime written by women, when few are aware that such works ever existed. (I might venture that to the general public today ragtime itself consists of little more than the soundtrack of "The Sting", if that.) It is another to assert that these works are actually superior to the entire body of ragtime music composed by men with the single exception of Joseph Lamb. In the notes to her "American Beauties" CD she makes the incredible statement that until she heard Lamb she had been under the impression that all the good ragtime had been written by women! Considering Joplin's well known work with over a dozen solid masterpieces of the genre it is simply an astounding statement.
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Virginia Eskin is one of the most interesting and exciting pianists in the music biz. She has brought to light numerous little-known works, recording them but never merely "rendering" them (remember, render also means "to melt fat"!). Her performances are always exciting and insightful, and this disc, one of the many she made for Northeastern Records (and since re-released by Koch and ArkivCD), is no exception.
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After reading the song authors' biographical information in the CD insert, I was disappointed to find that this CD is not a collection of old ragtime recordings but simply a collection of modernly recorded and produced ragtime covers. The production is too slick for me. Instead, I wish it had been a collection of crackly originals from some wax cylinders.
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