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From Barrelhouse to Broadway: The Music Odyssey of Joe Jordan
By Jack Rummel

This is an amazing CD, for it expands our knowledge and appreciation of the music of Joe Jordan exponentially! Jasen and Tichenor’s book Rags and Ragtime, an indispensable source of ragtime information, devotes only ten lines to Jordan ’s biography, while the booklet in this seminal recording by the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra contains thirty pages of carefully researched information including many pictures.

The PRO’s director, Rick Benjamin, has done yeoman work, for not only did he write all the liner notes but he also arranged the scores and even contributed three piano solos. The results are truly outstanding. More