NEW RELEASE: Max Keenlyside: Mostly Max (BSW-2221)
22 June 2012
In his second Rivermont CD, Max Keenlyside proves that he is not just an unusually talented pianist, but a brilliant composer of ragtime as well. From over sixty original compositions, Keenlyside has selected eleven to form the cornerstone of this CD, adding a suite of pieces by legendary Harlem stride pianist Willie "The Lion" Smith and a lyrical James Scott waltz to round things out. Don't let the whimsical titles fool you, Keenlyside's rags are top-notch, and several, like the hauntingly beautiful "Northern Lights Rag," are fast become modern classics. Click here to read more about the release and listen to sound samples.
NEW RELEASE: Dalton Ridenhour: Eccentricity (BSW-2220)
22 June 2012
Although he has been playing ragtime, stride, and blues for most of his life, in the last several years, Dalton Ridenhour has been making a name for himself as one of the preeminent performers on the ragtime and early jazz circuit today. His musical palette draws from a wealth of influences that Ridenhour skillfully fuses into his own distinctive style of piano playing. For his first Rivermont release, Ridenhour performs an eclectic program of classic and modern rags, stride "knock-outs," blues, and popular songs of the 1920s and 1930s, joined on several tracks by the exceptionally talented singer Mara Kaye and trombonist Dan Reitz. Click here to read more about the release and listen to sound samples.
NEW RELEASE: Ian Whitcomb: Songs Without Words (BSW-3136)
27 March 2012
In the world of ragtime, Ian Whitcomb is legendary. For nearly fifty years, he has championed the music of the ragtime era: as composer, performer, author, and television and radio host. Rivermont is particularly pleased and proud to offer this deluxe 2-CD set of Whitcomb's own original ragtime-influence compositions spanning his career from 1962 to the present. As a bonus, the set includes a dozen new recordings made expressly for this CD, and the package also includes a handsome 20-page booklet with photographs, discographical information, and extensive commentary by the artist. Click here to read more about the release and listen to sound samples.
NEW RELEASE: Frederick Hodges: Manhattan Serenade (BSW-2219)
27 October 2011
Pianist Frederick Hodges is recognized the world over by audiences and musicians as one of the leading interpreters of ragtime and "jazz age" piano music. His impressive technique and dexterity are awe-inspiring, and his virtuosic arrangements breathe new life into even the most over-played compositions (not that any selections on this new CD qualify as "over-played"!). In Manhattan Serenade, Hodges pays tribute to lesser-known contemporaries of George Gershwin who also fused classical and jazz into a delightful style of "novelty" piano. From the impressionistic works of Dana Suesse to the intricate rhythms of Billy Mayerl to the stride-influenced "Aunt Jemima's Birthday" by Rube Bloom, Hodges presents a fresh selection of overlooked musical gems. The disc is capped with Hodges's own arrangement of "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee" that presents variations of the well-known tune in the styles of Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss, Sousa, Gershwin, and more. It has made quite an impression on listeners at ragtime and jazz festivals where Hodges has performed, and now it is available on disc. Click here to read more about the release and listen to sound samples.
NEW RELEASE: Ian Whitcomb, Adam Swanson, and Danny Coots: I Love a Piano (BSW-2218)
27 September 2011
We're delighted to announce the release of this new collaborative recording from some of the most well-respected ragtime musicians in the world today. The playlist features a diverse selection of Tin Pan Alley songs, comic vaudeville songs, and a number of Ian Whitcomb originals. Recorded in May and July 2011. Click here to read more about the release and listen to sound samples.
NEW RELEASE: Andy Schumm and His Flatland Gang: "Down In Gallion" b/w "The Swing" (592)
12 July 2011
Rivermont is pleased to offer two exclusive recordings by Andy Schumm and His Flatland Gang in our series of audiophile-grade 10-inch 78 rpm records. For this record, Schumm and his band perform two 1920s jazz classics: "Down In Gallion" (originally associated with John Williams' Synco Jazzers) and "The Swing" (a virtuosic arrangement of the well-known "Washington and Lee Swing" evoking Johnny De Droit's New Orleans Orchestra). Recorded in March 2011. Click here to read more about the release and listen to sound samples. The following video offers a hands-on look at the record:
NEW RELEASE: Martin Spitznagel: Handful of Keys (BSW-2217)
31 May 2011
Winner of the 2011 World Championship Old-Time Piano Contest and winner of several national composition contests (including the 2010 Scott Joplin Foundation "New Rag" competition), Martin Spitznagel is a remarkable pianist with a fresh approach to ragtime, stride, and jazz. His playing is exciting and robust, but also gentle and reflective. Rivermont Records is pleased and proud to offer this new recording by Martin Spitznagel, packed with over 70 minutes of music and a handsomely illustrated 20-page booklet. Click here to read more about the release and listen to sound samples.
NEW RELEASE: Peacherine Ragtime Orchestra: That Teasin' Rag (BSW-2215)
3 May 2011
Under the direction of Andrew Greene, the Peacherine Ragtime Orchestra has rapidly become one of the nation's premier orchestra specializing in ragtime, theater music, and silent film scores of the 1880s-1920s. Based in College Park, Maryland, the orchestra tours regionally presenting concerts and silent film screenings drawn from an impressive collection of over 1,500 period arrangements. This debut recording features a number of rarities mixed in with ragtime classics for a delightful program that holds up well to repeated listenings. The CD also includes a deluxe 20-page illustrated booklet with detailed liner notes by Mr. Greene. Click here to read more about the release and listen to sound samples.
NEW RELEASE: Adam Swanson: Sunshine From the Fingers (BSW-2214)
31 May 2011
Adam Swanson is a three-time winner of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest and a favorite performer at dozens of ragtime and early jazz festivals across the United States and throughout the world. This CD, his second solo album for Rivermont, features a mixture of piano rags, novelties, and popular songs of the early twentieth century, all brilliantly played in Adam's own unique style. Click here to read more about the release and listen to sound samples.
NEW RELEASE: Charley Straight and His Orchestra: That's What I Call Keen, 1926-1928 (BSW-1153)
16 November 2010
Charley Straight led one of Chicago's most popular dance orchestras in the 1920s, holding steady engagements at the Rendezvous Cafe and at the Midnight Frolics. This disc collects, for the first time, all of Straight's electric recordings issued under his name. From the scorching hot jazz of "Deep Henderson" to the gentle bounce of "Do You Don't You," the disc reveals Straight's group to be a remarkably talented and versatile band. Click here to read more about the release and listen to sound samples.
NEW RELEASE: Two Grands, Four Hands: Spectacular and Rare Novelty Piano Duos of the 1920s and 1930s (BSW-1152)
16 November 2010
Two Grands, Four Hands features 78 minutes of spectacular and rare novelty piano duet recordings from the 1920s and 1930s, selected and annotated by novelty piano expert Alex Hassan. These elegant, brilliant, toe-tapping duets were recorded around the world, from New York to London to Paris to Sydney by top pianists of the day. Click here to read more about the release and listen to sound samples.
Rivermont commemorates Bix Beiderbecke with special 2-record 78 rpm set
14 October 2010
This special 2-disc limited edition 78 rpm record set celebrates the life and music of Bix Beiderbecke with fresh new recordings of his four "modern piano solos" played by Bryan Wright. Max Easterman, in VJM Magazine writes that Wright's performances of Beiderbecke's works represent "the first time these four compositions have been gien the kind of interpretation they deserve," adding that "hearing them like this offers a unique insight into Bix's compositional capabilities."
The two audiophile-grade 10-inch vinyl microgroove 78s come packaged in specially-designed inner sleeves, housed in a handsome slipcase cover with artwork by Joe Busam and liner notes by the artist. Click here to read more about the release and listen to sound samples.
Rivermont presses its first audiophile vinyl LP
3 August 2010
Rivermont Records is working with Furnace Mfg. and Record Industry in the Netherlands to produce a series of audiophile-grade vinyl LPs of select titles in its catalogue. Produced in strictly limited editions of 500 copies, the records are pressed in thick 180-gram vinyl and feature DMM technology (Direct Metal Mastering) for crisp, clean sound free of distracting surface noise. For the ultimate listening experience, Rivermont's vinyl records are produced directly from extremely high resolution digital studio masters. Ordinarily, these high resolution digital masters are downsampled to fit the limitations of standard audio CDs. Working from the original high resolution masters, Rivermont's vinyl series offers superior sonics, dynamic range, and the warmth and "presence" of analogue reproduction so highly praised by audiophiles. Rivermont's vinyl LPs feature the full liner note text of their CD counterparts with the added bonus of handsome large-format graphics that only the LP format can provide.
Breakin' Notes, an album of ragtime, novelty, and early jazz piano solos played by Bryan Wright is the first Rivermont recording to be available in both standard audio CD and vinyl LP formats. To celebrate the launch of Rivermont's vinyl series, 100 copies have been pressed in a rich royal blue vinyl in addition to the standard black vinyl. Click here to read more about the release and listen to sound samples.
NEW RELEASE: Max Keenlyside - Keenlystride (BSW-2213)
8 June 2010
Max Keenlyside's debut Rivermont recording features fifteen remarkable stride and early jazz piano solos by such composers as James P. Johnson, Jelly Roll Morton, Eubie Blake, Willie "The Lion" Smith, and others. Keenlyside is a recent winner of Canada's National Artist's Program and frequent performer at the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival, the West Coast Ragtime Festival, and other jazz and ragtime festivals across North America. His delightful, virtuosic arrangements reveal his exceptional technique and demonstrate why many consider him a modern master of stride piano. Click here to read more about the release and listen to sound samples.
Rivermont's Happy Six CD nominated for a Grammy Award
2 December 2009
We're pleased to announce that Rivermont's CD devoted to the Happy Six, Dance-O-Mania: Harry Yerkes and the Dawn of the Jazz Age, 1919-1923, has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of "Best Album Notes." We congratulate liner note author Mark Berresford on his remarkable achievement and thank him for his ground-breaking research and thoughtful commentary that have enabled us to tell the story of this important early band. The winners will be announced on 31 January 2010.