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Jazz Roots / Canadian Brass

Canadian Brass
Release Date: 07/01/2008 
Label:  Opening Day   Catalog #: 7350  
Composer:  Scott JoplinLarry CrosleyClaude DebussyT.K. Fillmore,   ... 
Performer:  Frederic MillsRonald RommGraeme PageEugene Watts,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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In the early 1970s, the Brass challenged the perception of musical boundaries through two recordings which were among the first to create the brand-new "crossover" genre. These classic LPs, Rag-Ma-Tazz and Unexplored Territory, are presented in Jazz Roots for the first time in one CD package, as a homage to the story of jazz.

First came Rag-Ma-Tazz—a ragtime era
Read more and ragtime influenced music recording. The first eight ragtime pieces are classic Scott Joplin, the king of ragtime composers. Composers all over the world were well aware of the American ragtime craze, resulting in a plethora of jazz influenced compositions, from Claude Debussy to two Canadian composers who added their musical view of the era in their original composition for the Brass: film composer Larry Crosley and dean of Canadian composers Eldon Rathburn.

In 1977, Unexplored Territory became the first runaway best seller for Canadian Brass. Stereo Review featured this recording as its pick of the month, suggesting, “The Canadian Brass enters its golden age.” Never before had there been such a successful collaboration between a classical artist with a jazz ensemble. This recording was a result of the unique professional collaboration of the Brass with pianist-composer Don Gillis, a writer who went on to become the music director for Muppets’ creator Jim Henson. Gillis brought his own jazz quartet to the recording project, along with names that have become a who’s-who of Canadian artists, including the “First Lady of the Guitar” Liona Boyd. Significantly, Unexplored Territory also features the first appearance of the Brass’ signature tune “Just a Closer Walk”!
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Works on This Recording

1. The Entertainer by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Frederic Mills (Trumpet), Ronald Romm (Trumpet), Graeme Page (French Horn),
Eugene Watts (Trombone), Charles Daellenbach (Tuba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902; USA 
2. Pleasant Moments by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Frederic Mills (Trumpet), Ronald Romm (Trumpet), Graeme Page (French Horn),
Eugene Watts (Trombone), Charles Daellenbach (Tuba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; USA 
3. The Favorite by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Frederic Mills (Trumpet), Ronald Romm (Trumpet), Graeme Page (French Horn),
Eugene Watts (Trombone), Charles Daellenbach (Tuba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; USA 
4. The Sycamore by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Frederic Mills (Trumpet), Ronald Romm (Trumpet), Graeme Page (French Horn),
Eugene Watts (Trombone), Charles Daellenbach (Tuba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; USA 
5. Euphonic Sounds by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Frederic Mills (Trumpet), Ronald Romm (Trumpet), Graeme Page (French Horn),
Eugene Watts (Trombone), Charles Daellenbach (Tuba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; USA 
6. Rosebud by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Frederic Mills (Trumpet), Ronald Romm (Trumpet), Graeme Page (French Horn),
Eugene Watts (Trombone), Charles Daellenbach (Tuba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; USA 
7. Fig Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Frederic Mills (Trumpet), Ronald Romm (Trumpet), Graeme Page (French Horn),
Eugene Watts (Trombone), Charles Daellenbach (Tuba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; USA 
8. The Easy Winners by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Frederic Mills (Trumpet), Ronald Romm (Trumpet), Graeme Page (French Horn),
Eugene Watts (Trombone), Charles Daellenbach (Tuba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; USA 
9. Days Before Yesterday by Larry Crosley
Performer:  Frederic Mills (Trumpet), Ronald Romm (Trumpet), Graeme Page (French Horn),
Eugene Watts (Trombone), Charles Daellenbach (Tuba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Period: 20th Century 
10. Children's Corner: no 6, Golliwogg's Cake-walk by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Frederic Mills (Trumpet), Ronald Romm (Trumpet), Graeme Page (French Horn),
Eugene Watts (Trombone), Charles Daellenbach (Tuba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1908; France 
11. Slim Trombone by T.K. Fillmore
Performer:  Frederic Mills (Trumpet), Ronald Romm (Trumpet), Graeme Page (French Horn),
Eugene Watts (Trombone), Charles Daellenbach (Tuba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Period: 20th Century 
12. Lassus Trombone by T.K. Fillmore
Performer:  Frederic Mills (Trumpet), Ronald Romm (Trumpet), Graeme Page (French Horn),
Eugene Watts (Trombone), Charles Daellenbach (Tuba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Period: 20th Century 
13. Canadian Brass Rag by Eldon Davis Rathburn
Performer:  Frederic Mills (Trumpet), Ronald Romm (Trumpet), Graeme Page (French Horn),
Eugene Watts (Trombone), Charles Daellenbach (Tuba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Canada 
14. The Joust by Don Gillis
Performer:  Frederic Mills (Trumpet), Ronald Romm (Trumpet), Graeme Page (French Horn),
Eugene Watts (Trombone), Charles Daellenbach (Tuba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Period: 20th Century 
15. En Sueño by Don Gillis
Performer:  Graeme Page (French Horn), Ronald Romm (Trumpet), Frederic Mills (Trumpet),
Eugene Watts (Trombone), Charles Daellenbach (Tuba), Liona Boyd (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Period: 20th Century 
16. Gymnopédies (3) for Piano: no 1, Lent et douloureux by Erik Satie
Performer:  Frederic Mills (Trumpet), Ronald Romm (Trumpet), Graeme Page (French Horn),
Eugene Watts (Trombone), Charles Daellenbach (Tuba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; France 
17. Amazing Grace by Traditional
Performer:  Frederic Mills (Trumpet), Ronald Romm (Trumpet), Graeme Page (French Horn),
Eugene Watts (Trombone), Charles Daellenbach (Tuba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
18. Just a closer walk with Thee by Traditional
Performer:  Frederic Mills (Trumpet), Ronald Romm (Trumpet), Graeme Page (French Horn),
Eugene Watts (Trombone), Charles Daellenbach (Tuba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
19. Tin Roof Blues by Walter Melrose
Performer:  Frederic Mills (Trumpet), Ronald Romm (Trumpet), Graeme Page (French Horn),
Eugene Watts (Trombone), Charles Daellenbach (Tuba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Period: 20th Century 
20. Muskrat Ramble by Ray Gilbert
Performer:  Frederic Mills (Trumpet), Ronald Romm (Trumpet), Graeme Page (French Horn),
Eugene Watts (Trombone), Charles Daellenbach (Tuba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Period: 20th Century 
21. Magnificat in D major, BWV 243: Excerpt(s) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Frederic Mills (Trumpet), Ronald Romm (Trumpet), Graeme Page (French Horn),
Eugene Watts (Trombone), Charles Daellenbach (Tuba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1728-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Notes: Arranged: Don Gillis 
22. Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351: Excerpt(s) by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Frederic Mills (Trumpet), Ronald Romm (Trumpet), Graeme Page (French Horn),
Eugene Watts (Trombone), Charles Daellenbach (Tuba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1749; London, England 
Notes: Arranged: Don Gillis  

Featured Sound Samples

Canadian Brass Rag (Rathburn)
The Joust (Gillis)

Customer Reviews

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 Blast from the Past September 10, 2013 By D. Stowens (Kennewick, WA) See All My Reviews "Who says simple is simple? In the 70s treatment of popular musical forms by classical musicians was relatively new, interesting in all sorts of ways, and occasionally memorably good listening. And these recordings are just that - great fun to listen to. While the popular elements may be a little too blatantly primitive, the precision, sonority, and above all intonation of the classical brass quintet overwhelms the condescension of this listener every time the tracks on the 2 CDs are played. Great fun; but be warned - for some there are a couple of ear worms in there. You'll be humming and singing them for the whole day." Report Abuse
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