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Rag Nouveau

by Mick Kinney

Original piano ragtime compositions
Genre: Jazz: Ragtime
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1. Palindrome
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2. Along the Gloaming
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3. Sympathetic (Creole Waltz)
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4. Tendency
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5. Mosaic
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6. Habanera Jorge (Si Tú Supieras)
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7. Broken Keys
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8. Minor Conundrum
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10. Sirius Nocturne
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Album Notes
"Perhaps the challenge of playing 'roots' or soul music is the struggle between paying homage to the legends of the past while still being fresh and original, propelling the music forward. Mick Kinney accomplishes both, and more. Every year when we teach together at the Swannanoa Gathering, I find myself scratching my head, wondering how he creates such a unique and authentic sound. It's just in him...it's in his hands and his voice. Anywhere he plays, that's where I want to be both physically and emotionally."
Eric Byrd
US State Department / Kennedy Center Jazz Ambassador
International touring Jazz and Gospel Pianist
Lecturer of Music, McDaniel College, Westminster MD

The piano compositions of Mick Kinney are grounded in the early 20th century Ragtime of Joplin and Lamb, yet incorporate numerous influences of other genres into a genuine pan-American style. Not unlike current “terra verde” pianists, or their antecedents such as Gottschalk, Nazareth, and Jelly Roll Morton, Kinney’s pieces could well have been written in the Romantic Period. His approach is more hemispheric than provincial, making frequent use of Habenera and Tango motifs, while drawing from the manifold sources of his own career catalogue. As was W. C. Handy, Kinney is a fiddler of blues, breakdowns, and dance rags, prototypical forms in a repertoire that also reflects his experience playing banjo, Cajun accordion, and styles from Creole and Celtic to Calypso.

Kinney wrote his first piano rag at age 16 upon hearing that Eubie Blake had done so. Leaving home and piano behind at 17, he went deeply into folk traditions, producing rags for solo guitar and old time string band. Settling back down to piano, and undaunted by his lack of theory or composition training, he went on to pen songs and tunes in a plethora of genres, which he recorded on his critically acclaimed CD Nothing Left to Chance.

Now nearing fifty years old, he feels it is time to document and perform his cache of classical Ragtime. With its strong themes, symmetry, and no shortage of homages, Kinney’s original rags are sure to hold the attention of the seasoned listener, while offering casual audiences a generous portion of musical comfort food.

"I admire Mick Kinney's ease in being a kind of musical chameleon, able to color his sound as he moves among styles of music . On his last album, he convinced me he was an Irish balladeer, an urbane Cole Porter, and a moaning Bob Dylan. Amidst this richness, I find his original piano rags a particular delight. They are graceful, nostalgic, slightly off-kilter, and expansive. For me, they evoke a lost world of dancing at home by a piano, to music full of small surprises. In the music's false stops and sudden starts, elegant harmonies and gentle syncopations, there is much pleasure, from small guffaws to belly laughs."
David Marcus
Composer, Pianist, and Professor of Music Theory, Clark Atlanta University
(Former facultymember at Georgetown University, MIddlebury College, Emory University



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Berne Poliakoff

Each song is a masterpiece!
I love this CD! The performance is amazing and each song is a masterpiece.

Ruskin Cooper, Professor of Music/Piano, Davidson College NC

"melodically, harmonically and rhythmically intricate and inventive, with a won
Mick Kinney's latest release, titled Rag Nouveau, is hauntingly beautiful. His original solo piano compositions elegantly and skillfully meld the long tradition of ragtime, beginning with Scott Joplin, the "King of Ragtime," and including such greats as Joseph Lamb, Eubie Blake, James P. Johnson and William Bolcom. Kinney synthesizes his rich heritage with modernistic touches, and his music evolves into something unique and new. Not only are Kinney's compositions melodically, harmonically and rhythmically intricate and inventive, but he also performs them with a wonderful facility, freedom, joy and love. I hear tinges, intentional or not, of influences as diverse as Chopin and Sinatra. Kinney claims not to read music, which, judging from his recordings, does not appear to be a liability. But none of the compositions are written down--so if you want to hear them, buy the CD, or better yet, book him for a concert!

David Reffkin, Producer, "The Ragtime Machine" KUSF-FM San Franc

"Ingenious.. Refreshing. Really enjoyable. Cleverly devised. Sophisticated wit!"
Featured on KUSF "The Ragtime Machine" 5/14/07
Cleverly devised, sophisticated wit. Refreshing, first in that its all original material, and second in that the original material is original - meaning that so many new ragtime pieces are Joplin knock-offs. Elements of the new Terra Verde genre, but definitely has elements from much of the "new" ragtime of the last 30 years. Really enjoyable.


Romantic and beautiful new ragtime
Through this beautiful works of new ragtime, I reminded the music of Donald Ashwander, who firstly introduced new aspect and rubato to classic ragtime and influenced today's terra verde music.
I love this CD, very romantic rag nouveau.