New Orleans pianist Tom McDermott offers an ode to ragtime on a new album, both revering and reinventing standards. By. Larry Blumenfeld. April 3, 2019 1:26 . ET. Like so many musicians, pianist Tom McDermott came to New Orleans to play a gig, fell in love with the place and never left. To Read the Full Story.
New Orleans pianist Tom McDermott offers an ode to ragtime on a new album, both revering and reinventing standards. Since relocating in 1984, he has become a fixture on that city's musical landscape and within its long lineage of pianists, some homegrown and some from afar, each lending distinctive flair to a rich legacy that blends scholarship, humor, funkiness and a range of jazz, blues and R&B influences. Joplin's rags were an anachronism in ''The Sting'' the film was set in the 1930s, well after ragtime's heyday but ragtime did beget early jazz. It's the proper precursor for all of the music that Mr. McDermott has embraced.
Artist: Tom McDermott Album: Tom McDermott Meets Scott Joplin Label: Arbors Records Year Of Release: 2019 Quality: FLAC (tracks) Tracklist: 1. The Easy Winners (3:44) 2. Magnetic Rag (5:23) 3. The Strenuous Life (2:47) 4. Gladiolus Rag (4:32) 5. Pineapple Rag (3:57) 6. Rose Leaf Rag (4:47) 7. Maple Leaf Rag (5:22) 8. Fig Leaf Ra. The Chrysanthemum (5:41). CC . Jazz pianist Tom McDermott has a sense of humor that can lead to some tricky situations. One incident, in particular, could even have led to legal woes when he pulled a sly one in an effort to prove a pet theory concerning a jazz festival that he was unable to break into as a performer. He knew the failure wasn’t due to any defect in his skills as a musician. He’d been pleasing audiences in his adopted home of New Orleans for a while.
Jazz pianist Tom McDermott has a sense of humor that can lead to some tricky situations. He knew the failure wasn't due to any defect in his skills as a musician. He'd been pleasing audiences in his adopted home of New Orleans for a while. He became a professional musician when he was 16, and in 1981 Stomp Off issued McDermott's first album of original rags, appropriately titled New Rags. He attended St. Louis University on a scholarship and earned a degree in art in 1978. Work as a freelance writer followed, with McDermott frequently penning music-related articles for newspapers. Beginning in 1980, he spent three years working as the Globe-Democrat's music critic.
Even though returning to New Orleans jazz strikes a traditional chord, cornet-piano duets are hardly the norm, and Creole Nocturne thus offers a twist on both the original style and McDermott and Jones' contemporary interpretation of it. The material is a mix of McDermott originals and a handful of classic tunes, and, despite the distance in time between "When It's Sleepy Time Down South" and "Danza de las Muñecas" (The Wrist Dance), the material melds together well.
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Tom McDermott was born in St. Louis, Missouri on September 24, 1957. He soaked up that town's ragtime heritage, learning dozens of rags and issuing an LP of originals ("New Rags", Stomp Off Records, 1982). After earning a Master's Degree in music from Washington University and working two years for the morning paper as a jazz and rock critic, McDermott headed downriver in 1984 to New Orleans. In Louisiana, he has explored the styles of New Orleans masters like Jelly Roll Morton, Professor Longhair and James Booker . In 1994 he co-founded the "New Orleans Nightcrawlers", a modern brass band; he is the executive producer and one of the arrangers on their debut album on the Rounder Records label. Back to the Main Page.
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|A Really Boss Rag||2:35|
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