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Reginald R. Robinson: Man Out of Time

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This is the fourth album by ragtime pianist and composer Robinson, who received a MacArthur “genius” grant in 2004. Jazz historians generally agree that ragtime is not jazz per se but that its syncopation influenced early jazz. One does not have to argue this point-or the place of ragtime in society a century after its heyday-to enjoy Robinson’s “20 Original Piano Solos,” as the album is subtitled.

The jazziest piece, number 13 in the lineup, is “Mr. Murphy’s Blues,” a jaunty tune named for Robinson’s uncle, also a pianist. Other tunes, including “Head Over Heels, Over You” and “The Amethyst,” suggest European classical music inspiration. The title tune has a strong Scott Joplin feeling, as does “Tears of Joy.”

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