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This Is Entertainment! Mark Birnbaum

by Mark Birnbaum

1920's era piano music--Part 1 is 'live' from TV (the Joe Franklin Show 1990-1993)-- Part 2 features Scott Joplin, &Jelly Roll Morton with some vocals-- Part 3 is a 'live' emotionally-charged original classical work from nyc-- Enjoy!
Genre: Jazz: Ragtime
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1. Intro/Charleston
1:46 album only
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2. Tiger Rag/ain't She Sweet
2:42 album only
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3. 12th St. Rag/Joe & Lou Talking
1:56 album only
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4. Happy Days Are Here Again/Take the A Train
2:34 album only
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5. Five Foot Two Eyes Of Blue/California Here I Come
3:01 album only
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6. Primrose Lane ( Vallender)
1:56 album only
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7. The Entertainer
2:45 album only
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8. Poem op. 32 #1 (Scriabin)
2:35 album only
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9. Kitten On The Keys (Confrey)
2:38 album only
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10. Mr. Jelly Lord (Morton)
3:11 album only
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11. A Mexican Serenade (Joplin)
3:53 album only
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12. Kansas City Stomp (Morton)
2:41 album only
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13. Sidewalk Blues (Morton)
3:46 album only
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14. Maple Leaf Rag (Joplin)
2:57 album only
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15. Pineapple Rag (Joplin)
2:04 album only
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16. Black Bottom Stomp (Morton)
2:59 album only
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17. Toccata In D Minor (Bach)
2:36 album only
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18. Sonata #9 op. 68 (Scriabin)
8:22 album only
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19. Froggie Moore (Morton)
2:04 album only
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20. Henry's Rag (Birnbaum)
1:51 album only
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21. Lucifer Rising
3:13 album only
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22. Temple Of The Evening Star
9:37 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Mark Birnbaum is the greatest living ragtime musician in the world today -The only ragtime pianist with a Doctorate in Music From Columbia University.
I call him Jerry Lee (Lewis) with a Ph.D!
Ragtime, blues, jazz piano - Jelly Roll Morton, Gershwin, Debussy, Mozart - he plays it all."
Captain Lou Albano 2006

www.ragtimemarkbirnbaum.com

"Virtuoso piano - yo, he's got mad skills" - Seconds Magazine 1998

"As Emeril would say, BAM - The essence!" - Hell's Kitchen 1997

"As anyone who's caught one of his several hundred appearances on Joe Franklin's television show will know, Mark Birnbaum (who has a Ph.D. from Columbia) is the consummate ragtime piano specialist. He knows all of the classical rags by Scott Joplin, Eubie Blake, Jelly Roll Morton - he can take any song you name (from "Sh-Boom" to "Amazing Grace") and convert it to ragtime."
Chip Deffaa, The New York Post, September 2, 1994

"Elements of Gershwin on drugs!"
Ear Magazine 1987


Seconds Magazine: "The Art of The Interview: Mark Birnbaum - This Is Entertainment" (MJB)"

"Virtuoso piano styling is a lost art these days of inexpensive samplers and grade-school Electronica. Praise hail MJB for Mark Birnbaum, a New York City ivory-tickler with notable degrees of panache and finesse. Many of you are already familiar with Mr. Birnbaum's talents from his work as the staff pianist on Joe Franklin's long-running television show. Now he softly slips onto your stereo with "This Is Entertainment," a tasty offering of lovely and proficient renditions from the repertoires of Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton and J.S. Bach. Birnbaum is to the Steinway what Yankee Stadium icon Eddie Layton is to the Hammond organ - and he's a Mephistophelian lounge lothario deserving of your easy listening. In Hip Hop parlance: yo, he's got mad skillz.


Hell's Kitchen Productions, 1998: Review of "Mark Birnbaum - This Is Entertainment"
Some Musical Reflections: Mark Birnbaum (MJB)
O.K. now, this is real music. Mark Birnbaum was the staff pianist on Joe Franklin's delightful and eclectic TV show. He might shush me if he knew I was going to tell you he holds a Doctorate in Music from Columbia University. He'd get shy if he knew I were going to tell you what a brilliant and accomplished musician he is, what a passionate and talented artist he is. He'd probably say, "Enough with that - listen and enjoy!"
'This Is Entertainment' is bold and brash, suave and subtle. There are wonderful Ragtime classics, blues numbers, classical selections and even a few original compositions. This truly is entertainment. As Emeril would say "BAM - the essence!"

I don't pretend to fully appreciate the genius of Dr. Birnbaum - I just enjoy any opportunity I have to experience it. Mark has a warm smile and a razor wit in a velvet demeanor. He is the consummate gracious entertainer and gentleman. This collection will stir you up in the way that great fun music ought to. If it doesn't, no offense, but you don't know music!

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sweet sue

on top of the world
this is a great CD, bought 2 more as gifts for birthdays!
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shonda clark and sbc

i thought it was real good. no one can top this off!!!
this cd is the shit.(ooops) its real good and i loved it. if only i was born in that time. i love it and im only 16 years old.
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ted keaneally

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sounds great
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