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Martin Spitznagel - Handful of Keys: Face-Melting Ragtime

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Number of Discs
1
Release Date
05/28/2011
Artist
Martin Spitznagel
Format
CD / Album
Label / Studio
CD Baby

In recent years, Martin Spitznagel has become known as one of the most unusual and exciting ragtime pianists and composers active in the world today. Jazz pianist and Eastman School of Music professor Tony Caramia calls him a 'young man who approaches Ragtime with the vitality, strength, enthusiasm, gusto, and spirit that it deserves.' And reviewer Jack Rummel adds that Spitznagel's 'interpretations are anything but stereotypical -- one hardly knows what to expect next!' In Handful of Keys, his second Rivermont disc, Spitznagel aims to 'meet the modern audience where they are' by adapting ragtime and stride classics to his unique style, while also performing pieces not usually associated with ragtime. In the program, he treats the listener to ragtime interpretations of tunes from Walt Disney's Mary Poppins as well as themes from well-known video games. Added to the mix are a half-dozen of Spitznagel's own compositions, including 'The Train Town Rag,' winner of the 2010 Scott Joplin Foundation New Rag Contest. Although a hundred years or more may separate each tune from the last, the music flows seamlessly from start to finish. The CD includes a handsome 20-page illustrated booklet packed with notes by the artist and an introduction from pianist Brian Holland. 74 minutes.

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1) Handful of Keys
2) The Easy Winners
3) Mary Poppins Medley
4) The Chips Are Down
5) The Smoky Rose
6) Ticklish Tom: A Carolina Cakewalk
7) The Train Town Rag
8) Hobson Street Blues
9) Marty's Blues
10) Legend of Zelda: Overworld Theme
11) The Newbie Eubie
12) Hot Cinders
13) Final Fantasy: Amblin' with Chocobo
14) Incandescent Rag
15) The Entertainer [Blues]
16) Pork and Beans
17) Marigold
18) The Seagull Shuffle
19) Super Mario Brothers Medley
20) Amazing Grace
21) Tiger Rag (A la Art Tatum)
22) Maple Leaf Rag at 4 Am

Album
Handful of Keys: Face-Melting Ragtime
Main Format
CD
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