By David A. Jasen
Black backside Stomp tells the compelling tales of the lives and instances of 9 seminal figures in American song background, together with Scott Joplin, Louis Armstrong, and Jelly Roll Morton.
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Cook exploded,beratinghim for his ignorancein criticizing Blake's artistry and demanding that he apologize. Instead of apologizing, Schindlerwithdrew the offer. " First, Eubie madeit as a hand-playedpiano roll for Ampico in 1917. In July 1921, he made a disc of it for Emerson Records,underCook's"Soundsof Mrica" title. Eubie's"CharlestonRag" standswith "Maple Leaf Rag," "The Lily Rag," and"Pork and Beans"as one of the most original conceptionsin ragtime. It was the first truly urban rag, so sophisticatedin its syncopatedideas that it would have beenstartling had it beenwritten thirty yearslater.
31 C/wpu r ~ EUBIE BLAKE E ARLY RAGTIME was an undergroundactivity, with no show busi- ness infrastructureto support it. Each player acted as his own booking agent, manager,and publicist, going from saloon to saloon,houseto house,city to city-wherever the grapevinesaid there was work. The first ragtimerspeddleda single commodity: hot playing. ning enoughto holo j0h<: once they had them. Professionalsurvival dependedon the materialchosenand the assortmentof pianistic devicesusedto put it over. The soundof this saloon Darwinism is mostly the sruff of folklore.
But a few weeks into his golden years, Blake grew restless,so he enrolled in the music departmentof New York University. "This chart-and-graphapproachto music writing had proved helpful to George Gershwin, Glenn Miller, scott Joplin theorist greatly admired by Arnold Schoenbergand other modernists, Oscar Levant, and Benny Goodman,and Eubie was intrigued by it. Blake sincerelywantedto learn the Schillinger method,but he was an obstinatestudent,as he had beenin Baltimore decadesearlier. He told Al Roseabouta run-in with ProfessorSchramm: He really pressedme for my opinion of Stravinsky'smusic, and I said I thoughtit was lousy.
Black Bottom Stomp: Eight Masters of Ragtime and Early Jazz by David A. Jasen