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Grandpa's Spells
Mandy Make Up
Your Mind
Dill Pickles Rag
Honeysuckle Rose
Viper's Drag
Pineapple Rag
Bethena Waltz
A Porter's Love Song
to a Chambermaid
The Smiler
Mr. Jelly Lord
Elite Syncopations
Snowy Morning Blues
Red Pepper Rag
Rose of
Washington Square
Can't Get Indiana
Off My Mind
Lew and Mary Green's
Ragtime Evolution Quartet - Volume 1
A Tribute to John Chaffe

  
The Ragtime Evolution Quartet may be a new concept, though followers of traditional jazz and ragtime should need no introduction to Lew and Mary Green. We know Lew through his 45 years with the Original Salty Dogs, and ragtime enthusiasts probably heard Mary on piano during her 20 years at the St. Louis Ragtime Festival.
   When Lew and Mary moved to New York in 1971, they began working gigs together. Later, Lew joined the Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble, a group led by clarinetist S. Frederick Starr, a noted academician with a strong interest in performing authentic recreations of 1920s New Orleans jazz standards. The Ragtime Evolution Quartet recording is an outgrowth of both of these developments.
   While working with the LRJE, Lew met banjoist John Chaffe and bass/tuba player Tom Saunders, both fixtures on the New Orleans jazz scene, and thought they’d work well on the ragtime material he’d been doing with Mary. Chaffe died shortly after the first session, so the CD was completed with a second session using two New York musicians, Mike Peters on guitar and banjo, and Barry Bockus on bass.
   This recording summarizes the music of the early 20th century just as ragtime was evolving into jazz. The repertoire is neatly divided into half ragtime and half later music, highlighting music associated with greats of the era like Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, James P. Johnson and Thomas "Fats" Waller, among others. The ragtime quartet is a seldom-seen entity these days; Max Morath led one of the best remembered such groups in the 1960s. The Green’s quartet, adding a cornet in place of a second guitar or a violin, moves the music closer to the jazz side of the ledger.