The highlights of this fine CD are the unknown Louis Chauvin pieces, “Babe It’s Too Long Off” and “The Moon Is Shining in the Sky,” which along with the celebrated collaboration with Joplin, “Heliotrope Bouquet,” comprise all we have of this legendary figure. Ragtime devotees would buy a Liberace record for the chance to hear the first two, which are lesser efforts than “Heliotrope” but definitely rewarding on their own. I like Robinson’s sound well enough that even overly familiar pieces like “The Entertainer” are enjoyable, and he does a good job with James Scott’s difficult “Frog Legs”. There are two charming Joseph Lamb rags, one of which, “Bobolink” is little-known.
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